Thursday, February 27, 2014
Tar Heels, Paige win shootout over NC State
By ESPN Stats & Info
AP Photo/Gerry Broome
Marcus Paige's career-high 35 points carried the Tar Heels to the win.
No. 19 North Carolina and NC State exchanged haymakers on Wednesday night, with the Tar Heels coming away with a dramatic 85-84 overtime win in Raleigh.
Warren goes wild
It appeared the night would belong to Wolfpack sophomore T.J. Warren.
Warren had 17 points in the 2nd half on 7-for-11 shooting and finished regulation with 27 points, the 11th time in his career he has reached that number.
On each of the previous 10 occasions, the Wolfpack had gone on to win.
Warren finished with a career-high 36 points, the second-most points in a game by an ACC player this season.
It was the highest-scoring game by an ACC player against North Carolina since Boston College’s Tyrese Rice put up 46 on March 1, 2008.
It was also the most points scored by an NC State player since Tom Gugliotta had 36 on Jan. 22, 1992. That game was also at home against North Carolina.
Of the five highest-scoring games by ACC players this season, Warren (36, 34) now owns two of them.
Marcus Paige answers
But the biggest play of the game belonged to North Carolina's Marcus Paige. Paige's layup with less than one second remaining gave North Carolina a one-point win and capped a career-high 35-point night for the sophomore.
Continuing a recent trend, 31 of Paige's 35 points came after halftime.
The past four times North Carolina has won a game by single digits, a huge second half by Paige helped get the job done.
Over those games, Paige is now averaging 17.8 points per game after halftime, including the 10 he scored in overtime Wednesday.
It has been a while since we've seen a pair of ACC players go head-to-head like Paige and Warren did on Wednesday.
In fact, they're the first ACC opponents to score at least 35 points against each other since Al Thornton (Florida State) and J.J. Redick (Duke) on Feb. 4, 2006.