NC State 66

(10-4, 0-1 ACC)

Miami (FL) 67

(10-3, 1-1 ACC)

    4:00 PM ET, January 9, 2005

    BankUnited Center, Coral Gables, Florida

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    NCST 34 3266
    MIA 34 3367

    Top Performers

    NC State: I. Evtimov 19 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast

    Miami (FL): G. Diaz 26 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    NC State has lost three in a row

    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 row, 67-66.

    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 ahead 67-63.

    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 years.

    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 minute left.

    North Carolina State made 12 of 24 3-point tries but was outrebounded 40-27.

    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 halftime.

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 66 67
    FG Made-Attempted 24-51 (.471) 27-58 (.466)
    3P Made-Attempted 12-24 (.500) 8-20 (.400)
    FT Made-Attempted 6-12 (.500) 5-10 (.500)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 10 3

    2004-05 Season

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