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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Reggie Johnson's tip-in with .8 seconds left allowed No. 14 Miami to beat No. 19 North Carolina State 79-78 Saturday at PNC Arena, delivering the Hurricanes their fifth Atlantic Coast Conference road victory.

The Wolfpack overcame a six-point hole after squandering a 10-point second-half lead, but couldn't hold on.

Miami's Durant Scott made one of two free throws with 47 seconds left to close the gap to 78-77. The Wolfpack failed to convert at the other end, leaving Miami with a final possession with 10.9 seconds left.

Shane Larkin drove into the lane and missed a shot, but Johnson directed the ball into the hoop.

N.C. State's C.J. Leslie scored six of his 18 points in a key stretch during the comeback. Freshman reserve guard Tyler Lewis poured in 16 points and Richard Howell added 15 points for the Wolfpack (16-6, 5-4).

Miami (17-3, 8-0) overcame a 10-point deficit with less than 14 minutes to play, building a 68-62 lead by the seven-minute mark.

Scott finished with 18 points and Julian Gamble added 16 points for the Hurricanes. Johnson had 15 points, and Shane Larkin and Trey McKinney Jones each had 13.

N.C. State, which is halfway through its ACC schedule, dropped into fifth place. The Wolfpack was the ACC preseason favorite.

N.C. State played without standout junior point guard Lorenzo Brown, who suffered an ankle injury Tuesday night at Virginia. Freshmen Rodney Purvis and Lewis filled in at point guard.

Lewis doubled his previous career high of six points by early in the second half, helping the Wolfpack to a 54-44 advantage. He had scored only seven points in ACC play this season.

Miami is 5-0 in ACC road games. N.C. State lost for the first time in 13 home games.

Miami built a 17-8 lead, but the Wolfpack surged ahead at 32-26 and built that to 40-32 late in the half. Howell and Leslie combined for 21 first-half points.

The Hurricanes shot 1-for-13 on 3-pointers in the first half.

NOTES: Brown is the ACC active leader with 494 career assists. He entered the game with 129 more than Miami's Durand Scott, who's second on the list. Brown has a league-best 6.9 assist per game this season and ranks second on the N.C. State team in scoring with 13.2 points per game. ... Redshirt junior center Jordan Vandenberg made his fourth career start and first of the season, taking Leslie's spot in the lineup. ... Miami came into the weekend as the first team since the 1980-81 season other than Duke or North Carolina to build a 7-0 ACC record. Miami coach Jim Larranaga was an assistant on the coaching staff of the Virginia team that started 7-0 in league play in 1980-81.
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