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Rodney Purvis’ tip dunk against Miami is one of the season’s best

Jeff Eisenberg
The Dagger

It's no doubt small consolation for NC State after its 79-78 loss to ACC-leading Miami, but the Wolfpack did at least produce the game's most memorable highlight. As C.J. Leslie's jump shot from just inside the 3-point arc sailed through the air late in the first half, freshman Rodney Purvis sprinted toward the basket to get in position for an offensive rebound. Nobody put a body on Purvis, enabling him to deliver a YouTube-worthy one-handed tip dunk after the ball bounced high off the front rim. Purvis trended nationally on Twitter and will no doubt appear on SportsCenter on Saturday night. No matter to the Hurricanes, however. They got what they wanted in Raleigh: A win, thanks to Reggie Johnson's last-second game-winning tip-in.

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