Warren scores 34, NC State routs Wake 82-67

JOEDY McCREARY (AP Sports Writer)
The Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- ACC scoring leader T.J. Warren had a career-high 34 points and 10 rebounds to lead North Carolina State past Wake Forest 82-67 on Tuesday night.

Ralston Turner added 16 points while Warren, who entered averaging 22.6 points, had that by halftime and finished 15 of 26 with a career-high-tying three 3-pointers for the Wolfpack (16-8, 6-5), who have won five of six.

N.C. State reeled off 12 straight points midway through the second half and cruised from there to its ninth straight home win in the series.

Codi Miller-McIntyre had 15 points in his return from an injury for the Demon Deacons (14-10, 4-7).

They went scoreless for nearly 5 minutes during N.C. State's game-breaking run, lost their fourth straight and fell to 2-29 in ACC road games under fourth-year coach Jeff Bzdelik.

N.C. State scored 23 points off Wake Forest's 14 turnovers.

The Wolfpack led comfortably through the second half and turned it into a full-fledged blowout after Tyler Cavanaugh's jumper with just over 13 minutes left pulled Wake Forest to 56-47.

Turner and Desmond Lee each made three free throws during the 12-0 burst that followed. Barber hit a big 3 to make it 63-47 with 10 1/2 minutes left, then pushed N.C. State's lead into the 20s for the first time with a jumper with just over 9 minutes left.

BeeJay Anya ended the burst with a free throw that made it 68-47 with 8:30 left, and the Demon Deacons didn't get closer than 13 the rest of the way.

By then, the only drama was whether Warren would finish with his fifth 30-point game this season and break his previous high of 32 set two months ago against East Carolina.

Barber finished with 10 points for N.C. State, which has won 11 of the last 15 in the series in Raleigh.

Devin Thomas and Travis McKie each had 11 points for the Demon Deacons, who remained winless at PNC Arena since the infamous 2005 game in which Chris Paul hit N.C. State's Julius Hodge below the belt.

They won last month's meeting in Winston-Salem on a bucket in the closing seconds by Miller-McIntyre. He missed last week's loss at Duke with a sprained ankle but was back for this one.

And he and his teammates were powerless to stop Warren.

In the first half alone, the N.C. State star scored 23 points - half the Wolfpack's total - on 10-of-14 shooting with three 3-pointers.

Barber's layup in the final seconds helped the Wolfpack match their largest lead to that point, 46-38, at the break.


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