GREENSBORO – T.J. Warren scored 24 points to help North Carolina State beat UNC-Greensboro, 68-64, on Monday night.
Anthony “Cat” Barber added 17 points and six assists for the Wolfpack (10-3), which used a big run coming out of halftime to take a 17-point lead then spent the rest of the night watching the Spartans (7-8) chip away at the margin.
UNC-Greensboro twice trimmed the lead down to a single bucket in the final 4½ minutes, the last time coming on Diante Baldwin’s layup with 51.8 seconds remaining to make it 66-64.
But Warren hit one of two free throws with 23.4 seconds to go, and then the Wolfpack recorded a key defensive stop when Kyle Cain and Kayel Locke both missed shots in the paint. Barber followed that with another free throw with 8.2 seconds remaining to make it a two-possession game and essentially seal the win.
The Spartans took the Wolfpack right to the end of this one on a testy night that ended with the two teams having to be separated during postgame handshakes. Wolfpack guard Desmond Lee and Barber had traded words with UNC-Greensboro guard Jordan Potts on the court during the final minutes.
The Spartans looked headed for a lopsided loss when N.C. State scored on seven straight possessions to open the second half, pushing to a 54-37 lead on Barber’s free throw at the 16:03 mark. But after that 16-2 run, the Wolfpack offense slowed and the Spartans began their slow climb back into the game.
N.C. State was coming off a tough loss to then-No. 25 Missouri at home on Saturday night. The Wolfpack led for the first 36 minutes giving up the go-ahead 3-pointer with 55.1 seconds left in a 68-64 loss, snapping a seven-game winning streak.