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February 1, 2013

Thriller: Hoops wins at NC State to stay undefeated in ACC














The Hurricane basketball team remained undefeated in ACC play today at NC State.

Barely.

UM's magical season continued as the Canes won, 79-78, on a buzzer beater - Shane Larkin shot an off balance 10-footer that Reggie Johnson tipped in with 0.8 seconds left. NC State inbounded the ball and got off a full court shot that hit the rim at the buzzer, setting off a Cane celebration.

"That was one heck of a college basketball game in a tremendous environment," coach Jim Larranaga said. "If you would have told me before the game that they'd shoot 53 percent from the field, 44 percent from three-point and 85 percent from the free-throw line, I'd have thought we lost the game. Reggie Johnson came up with a huge, huge tip-in. It was a great, great team victory for us."

UM was up early, 17-8, but a 7-0 NC State run cut it to a two-point lead. Miami wound up trailing by six at halftime, 40-34.

Miami fell behind by nine, 51-42, with 15 minutes remaining, but the Canes took their first lead of the second half, 63-62, on a Durand Scott steal and layup with nine minutes to go. After extending the lead to as many as six, the Wolpack battled back to take the lead with four minutes to go, and NC State was up by five with two minutes left, 76-71. Scott hit a pair of free throws with 1:31 remaining, and a Larkin steal and Scott layup made it 76-75. A pair of Tyler Lewis free throws made it 78-75 NC State, and then Scott made one of two free throws. With 45 seconds left Scott again made one of two to cut it to 78-77, and that set up the heroics at the end.

Scott led UM with 18 points, and Larkin had 13 points and five assists. Julian Gamble had 16 points, Kenny Kadji had 13 and Reggie Johnson was also in double figures with 15 points.

Miami was just three-for-21 from long range but made 49.2 percent of its shots. NC State hit on a torrid 53.8 percent from the field and made four of nine threes.

"We have no quit in us," Gamble said after the game. "We're not gonna stop until it's all zeroes on the clock. Even in heat of moment, Coach L calmed us down, reminded us to go out and have fun playing with our teammates. And we did. That was a lot of fun."

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