RALEIGH, N.C. — T.J. Warren, the ACC's leading scorer, had 30 points and seven rebounds to lead North Carolina State over Florida State 74-70 Wednesday night.
The Wolfpack (14-7, 4-4 ACC) held on at the end after Warren fouled out with 1:36 left and his team holding a 72-68 lead. Former Clearwater High standout Okaro White made two of four free throws, but Desmond Lee's tip-in with 12.1 seconds left preserved N.C. State's third straight win.
White led FSU (13-7, 4-4) with 20 points, Ian Miller had 17 and Aaron Thomas had 12. The Seminoles shot 43 percent and made 7 of 19 3-pointers.
N.C. State led 39-33 at halftime behind Warren's hot hand. He scored 15 of N.C. State's first 24, and the Wolfpack led by as many as seven. Warren had 20 points in the half.
The Wolfpack maintained its lead for the first nine minutes of the second half, pushing it to as much as 44-36 on a Lee drive, despite losing the services of 7-1 center Jordan Vandenberg, who picked up his third foul just 1:30 into the half.
FSU started taking advantage of its size, driving the ball inside to White. Miller's 3-pointer gave the Seminoles their first lead, 56-54 with 10:27 left.
Guard Tyler Lewis and forward Kyle Washington hit jumpers to put the Wolfpack up 61-59. However, Warren picked up his fourth foul with 6:58 left and went to the bench with his team trailing 62-61.
Vandenberg replaced Warren and hit two dunks, the second coming after Lee's three-point play, as N.C. State led 72-67 with 3:15 left.
FSU used its size advantage early, but the Wolfpack's smaller lineup, with 5-11 Lewis running the point, closed the half on an 11-5 run.
The upper deck of the 19,772-seat PNC Arena was curtained off. Both universities canceled classes Wednesday due to the winter storm that went through the southeast.