CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Guillermo Diaz scored 26 points and
Atlantic Coast Conference newcomer Miami earned its first league
victory Sunday, handing North Carolina State (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today) its third loss in a
A potential game-winning 3-pointer by the Wolfpack's Cameron
Bennerman bounced off the side of the backboard with 1 second left.
Anthony King converted a three-point play to put the Hurricanes
ahead to stay, 63-61 with 2:36 to go.
Miami (10-3, 1-1 ACC) won for the ninth time in 10 games. The
Wolfpack (10-4, 0-1) have fallen out of the Top 25 and are mired in
their longest losing streak since 2000-01.
Diaz, who has scored 53 points in Miami's first two league
games, missed his first four shots and went scoreless over the
first 11 minutes. But he finished 5-for-9 from 3-point range and
made two free throws with 23 seconds left to put the Hurricanes
Engin Atsur's 3-pointer made it 67-66, and Diaz missed the front
end of a 1-and-1 to give the Wolfpack the last shot. After a
timeout, Ilian Evtimov drove the lane and fed Bennerman, who badly
misfired under pressure.
Robert Hite scored 19 points for the Hurricanes, whose victory
delighted a crowd of 6,067, the first home sellout for Miami in two
Evtimov scored a season-high 19 points, while Andrew Brackman
added 16 and Atsur 15.
Julius Hodge, back in the Wolfpack lineup after missing one game
with a sprained ankle, had 12 rebounds but just 14 points, five
below his average. He went only 4-for-10 from the free-throw line
and missed a 15-foot shot that would have tied the game with a
North Carolina State made 12 of 24 3-point tries but was
Facing a Miami zone, the Wolfpack hit four consecutive 3-point
shots -- including three by Brackman -- for a 14-10 lead.
The Hurricanes missed nine straight shots and fell behind 20-10,
the second time in a row they've fallen behind by double digits in
the opening half. The margin reached 29-17 before Diaz scored eight
straight points to start a 12-0 run that tied the score.
Diaz's 3-pointer with 2 seconds left made the score 34-all at
The Wolfpack took a 61-57 lead by running off eight consecutive
points, including a layup by Hodge that put them ahead.
The Hurricanes answered with eight straight points of their own.
A bad pass by Evtimov triggered a Miami fast break, leading to a
layup by Hite that made it 65-61 with 2:17 to go.