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Pitt Panthers top North Carolina at ACC tourney

N.C. State’s T.J. Warren celebrates a victory against Syracuse that puts it in the semifinals.


N.C. State’s T.J. Warren celebrates a victory against Syracuse that puts it in the semifinals.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said his team had a "golden" opportunity to help its NCAA Tournament chances. The Wolfpack didn't squander it, sending No. 11 Syracuse to a quick exit from its first ACC tournament.

T.J. Warren scored 28 and Ralston Turner banked in the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:28 left to help N.C. State upset the Orange 66-63 in Friday's quarterfinals.

The Wolfpack (21-12) went 9-9 in ACC play, including one-point losses on last-second baskets to Wake Forest and North Carolina, but now has won four straight.

"I hope that we're a legitimate contender," Gottfried said. "We're not the same team that we were in November and December."

Warren followed Turner's tiebreaking 3 with a jumper to make it 64-61 then hit two free throws with 24.6 seconds left to keep the Wolfpack up three.

Syracuse had one wild final possession, missing six shots — including four hurried 3-pointers from Tyler Ennis, Trevor Cooney and C.J. Fair — to ensure its first ACC tournament would be a one-and-done stop.

"I thought the 3s we were taking, we had a couple of good chances," Ennis said. "But they just didn't fall."

Syracuse (27-5) was unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the country a month ago. But it had lost four of six coming into Greensboro. After Friday, it is 2-5 after a 25-0 start.

"I'm not concerned about our team," coach Jim Boeheim said. "I think we've played well all year. I think we've struggled shooting, and I think that's pretty well-documented.

"But in spite of that, we won 27 games, so I'm pretty pleased with what these guys have done, and I believe we'll be a very good tournament team."

No. 7 Duke 63, Clemson 62: Rodney Hood made two free throws with 3.8 seconds left to lift the Blue Devils. Duke (25-7), which also got 18 points from ACC rookie of the year Jabari Parker, blew a 13-point second-half lead before regrouping. Rod Hall's runner in the lane with 7.4 seconds left capped a 15-5 run and gave the Tigers (20-12) their only lead of the second half. But after Hood's free throws, Hall was stripped of the ball deep in the lane as the buzzer sounded.

Pitt 80, No. 15 UNC 75: James Robinson had a career-high 19 points and Talib Zanna 19 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Panthers' upset. "They're confident in how they're playing right now," coach Jaime Dixon said. The Panthers (25-8) led by 20 midway through the second half and 70-54 with 4:31 left before a frantic comeback by the Tar Heels (23-9) led by Marcus Paige, who hit two 3-pointers in the final minutes and finished with a game-high 27 points — 20 after halftime. The Panthers helped by missing 10 of 16 free throws over the final four minutes. "I think we can just learn from the things we did well in that last eight-minute stretch," Paige said. "At the same time, getting down 17 early against good teams — we're only going to play good teams from here out — that can't happen."

ACC tournament | Greensboro, N.C.

First round Second round Quarterfinals Semifinals Final Semifinals Quarterfinals Second round First round
8 Maryland 65 7 N.C. State 67
9 FSU 51 7 N.C. State 66 10 Miami 57
9 Florida State 67 1 Virginia 7 N.C. State 10 Miami 58
1 Virginia 61 2 Syracuse 63 15 Virginia Tech 53
5 Pittsburgh 84 1 today, Ch. 44, ESPN 1 Sun., Ch. 44, ESPN 3:30 today, Ch. 44, ESPN 6 Clemson 69
12 Wake Forest 81 5 Pittsburgh 80 6 Clemson 62 11 Georgia Tech 73
12 Wake Forest 55 5 Pittsburgh 3 Duke 11 Ga. Tech 65 OT
13 Notre Dame 69 4 UNC 75 3 Duke 63 14 Boston Coll. 70 OT

Pitt Panthers top North Carolina at ACC tourney 03/14/14 [Last modified: Saturday, March 15, 2014 12:27am]
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