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No. 25 Miami holds off NC State 86-81 for ACC road win

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Miami coach Jim Larranaga and his staff spent recent practices pushing his players to whip the ball around the perimeter, keep things moving and set up each other for good looks.

The results looked pretty good.

Bruce Brown Jr. scored 19 points and No. 25 Miami shot 58 percent to hold off North Carolina State 86-81 on Sunday, turning in its best offensive output since November.

Larranaga quickly pointed to one stat to explain why: his team's 26 assists - five more than its previous high - on 34 baskets.

''I wish coaching was that easy, because on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, my coaches kept emphasizing to our players: We need more assists, we need more assists, this is how you get them,'' Larranaga said. ''And the players listened and executed.''

The Hurricanes (14-4, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) came in averaging 67.8 points and shooting 42 percent in five league games, including just 30 percent from 3-point range to rank 14th in the 15-team conference. They blew past all those marks Sunday, from shooting 60 percent after halftime to making 10 of 19 3s for the game.

''We're a great catch-and-shoot team,'' Brown said. ''And we have recently shot a lot of 3s off the dribble or late in the shot clock. But today it was just easy for us: drive, kick, open 3s, one more pass. It was just all in rhythm.''

The Hurricanes led the entire second half, but struggled to put away the Wolfpack (13-7, 3-4). They stayed in control by committing just 10 turnovers for the game, avoiding the miscues that can fuel the Wolfpack's pressure defense and lead to transition scores.

Omer Yurtseven had 28 points for N.C. State, which had a humming-along offense of its own. The Wolfpack shot 63 percent after halftime and 54 percent for the game to stay within arm's reach the entire way, getting as close as one midway through the second half but failing to push ahead.

''I thought we did a good job offensively,'' first-year Wolfpack coach Kevin Keatts said. ''I thought our guys played loose. But we didn't get the stops we needed to.''

BIG PICTURE

Miami: So has Miami found something sustainable in this offensive showing? The Hurricanes kept coming up with big baskets to answer every run by the Wolfpack and now have made 19 3s in the past two games.

''I'm more comfortable with this than what I've been seeing,'' Larranaga said of the tempo. ''The talent that we have is more suited for an open-court game than it is a prize fight, a football game in the paint.''

N.C. State: The full-court, attacking style brought by Keatts had already led to wins against a pair of No. 2-ranked teams - Arizona in November, Duke earlier this month - as well as a win against then-No. 19 Clemson. But N.C. State's defense wasn't up to the challenge of slowing Miami's refocused offense, including allowing several wide-open lanes to the rim.

''Just give them all the props for that,'' said Torin Dorn, who had 13 points. ''But we've got to be better.''

LINEUP SHUFFLE

Miami gave 5-foot-7 freshman Chris Lykes his first start with fellow rookie Lonnie Walker IV battling a back problem. Lykes had six points and five assists in 22 minutes.

Larranaga said Walker's back tightened up so badly Friday night that he couldn't bend enough to touch his knees, keeping him out of Saturday's practice and putting his status in question until tipoff. Walker finished with 12 points in 30 minutes.

BIG PRODUCTION

Miami's Anthony Lawrence II and Ebuka Izundu each scored 15 points, with Izundu going 7 for 7 off the bench after managing just 12 points and six made baskets in his previous six games combined.

UP NEXT

Miami: The Hurricanes host Louisville on Wednesday.

N.C. State: Pittsburgh hosts the Wolfpack on Wednesday.

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Key Players
B. Brown Jr.
11 G
B. Beverly
10 G
31.0 Min. Per Game 31.0
9.8 Pts. Per Game 9.8
4.5 Ast. Per Game 4.5
2.4 Reb. Per Game 2.4
43.3 Field Goal % 37.3
29.4 Three Point % 36.5
63.3 Free Throw % 89.5
  Defensive rebound by Lonnie Walker IV 6.0
  Allerik Freeman missed layup 8.0
  Offensive rebound by NC State 13.0
  Markell Johnson missed layup 15.0
+ 2 Dewan Huell made dunk, assist by Bruce Brown Jr. 22.0
+ 2 Omer Yurtseven made layup, assist by Markell Johnson 52.0
+ 2 Bruce Brown Jr. made driving layup 1:15
+ 1 Omer Yurtseven made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:42
+ 1 Omer Yurtseven made 1st of 2 free throws 1:42
  Shooting foul on Ebuka Izundu 1:42
  Offensive rebound by NC State 1:54
Team Stats
Points 86 81
Field Goals 34-59 (57.6%) 31-57 (54.4%)
3-Pointers 10-19 (52.6%) 7-18 (38.9%)
Free Throws 8-12 (66.7%) 12-16 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 24 29
Offensive 2 7
Defensive 18 19
Team 4 3
Assists 26 22
Steals 9 4
Blocks 2 3
Turnovers 10 15
Fouls 16 12
Technicals 0 0
19 PTS, 4 REB, 9 AST
28 PTS, 6 REB
12T
away team logo 25 Miami (Fla.) 14-4 365086
home team logo NC State 13-7 324981
Team Stats
away team logo 25 Miami (Fla.) 14-4 71.8 PPG 35.8 RPG 12.9 APG
home team logo NC State 13-7 80.1 PPG 42.4 RPG 15.0 APG
Key Players
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B. Brown Jr. G PPG RPG APG FG%
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O. Yurtseven C PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
B. Brown Jr. G 19 PTS 4 REB 9 AST
O. Yurtseven C 28 PTS 6 REB 0 AST
57.6 FG% 54.4
52.6 3PT FG% 38.9
66.7 FT% 75.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Brown Jr. 19 4 9 7/8 3/3 2/3 2 32 1 0 3 0 4
A. Lawrence II 15 3 4 5/8 3/4 2/3 2 32 1 0 2 1 2
D. Huell 8 2 0 4/9 0/0 0/0 3 21 1 1 1 0 2
C. Lykes 6 2 5 3/7 0/2 0/0 1 22 1 1 2 0 2
J. Newton 5 0 7 2/6 0/0 1/2 1 28 2 0 1 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Brown Jr. 19 4 9 7/8 3/3 2/3 2 32 1 0 3 0 4
A. Lawrence II 15 3 4 5/8 3/4 2/3 2 32 1 0 2 1 2
D. Huell 8 2 0 4/9 0/0 0/0 3 21 1 1 1 0 2
C. Lykes 6 2 5 3/7 0/2 0/0 1 22 1 1 2 0 2
J. Newton 5 0 7 2/6 0/0 1/2 1 28 2 0 1 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Izundu 15 3 0 7/7 0/0 1/2 5 19 0 0 1 0 3
L. Walker IV 12 2 1 4/7 2/4 2/2 2 30 2 0 0 1 1
D. Vasiljevic 6 4 0 2/7 2/6 0/0 0 15 0 0 0 0 4
S. Waardenburg 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
C. Stowell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Miller Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Gak - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 86 20 26 34/59 10/19 8/12 16 200 9 2 10 2 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
O. Yurtseven 28 6 0 12/16 0/1 4/7 3 33 0 2 2 3 3
T. Dorn 13 4 1 4/9 0/3 5/5 0 31 0 0 2 1 3
B. Beverly 10 4 2 4/7 2/4 0/0 0 32 1 0 2 2 2
A. Abu 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0
M. Johnson 0 3 14 0/4 0/1 0/0 2 31 0 1 6 0 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
O. Yurtseven 28 6 0 12/16 0/1 4/7 3 33 0 2 2 3 3
T. Dorn 13 4 1 4/9 0/3 5/5 0 31 0 0 2 1 3
B. Beverly 10 4 2 4/7 2/4 0/0 0 32 1 0 2 2 2
A. Abu 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0
M. Johnson 0 3 14 0/4 0/1 0/0 2 31 0 1 6 0 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Freeman 13 2 3 4/10 3/6 2/3 2 27 1 0 2 0 2
S. Hunt 6 2 0 2/3 2/3 0/0 0 11 0 0 1 0 2
L. Freeman 6 3 0 3/3 0/0 0/0 1 15 0 0 0 0 3
L. Batts Jr. 5 2 2 2/5 0/0 1/1 1 15 2 0 0 1 1
S. Kirk - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Newman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 81 26 22 31/57 7/18 12/16 12 200 4 3 15 7 19