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Hurricanes Fall To NC State, 71-66

Feb. 27, 2010

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) – Tracy Smith and Javier Gonzalez scored 19 points apiece to lead NC State to a 71-66 victory over Miami on Saturday.

The Wolfpack (16-13, 4-10 Atlantic Coast Conference) took the lead for good on Dennis Horner’s two free throws with 1:10 left to go up, 64-63. Gonzalez converted six free throws in the next 35 seconds to secure the NC State victory.

Down by nine early in the second half, NC State took a 57-54 lead on Gonzalez’s 3-pointer with 5:06 remaining, but a 3-pointer from with 3:32 left tied it 59-59.

The Wolfpack suffered a scare when Smith favored his right knee after colliding with Miami’s with 5:45 left in the second half. Smith was escorted to the bench but returned on the next dead ball.

, who is shooting a school-record 61.3 percent from the field, led Miami (18-10, 4-10) with 15 points and seven rebounds. Scott added 13 points, five assists and three steals for the Hurricanes, becoming just the second Miami freshman — and fifth UM player overall — to compile 100 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists in a single season.

The Hurricanes return to the road to face North Carolina on Tues., March 2, at 8 p.m., before returning home to close the regular season versus Florida State on Sat., March 6, at Noon in an ESPN2 televised game. Miami will honor its three seniors — Collins, Dews and — before the game.