Led by 24 points from D.J. Horne and 17 from Casey Morsell, NC State held off Miami 74-68. The win snapped a three-game ACC losing streak for the Wolfpack, now 14-7 overall and 6-4 in conference play. Using Caesars North Carolina promo code NCWAGER can score bettors up to $1,500 in bet insurance for North Carolina sports betting.

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The NC State Wolfpack men’s basketball team defeated the Miami Hurricanes 74-68 on Tuesday night to end a three-game ACC losing streak. Led by strong performances from D.J. Horne and Casey Morsell, the Wolfpack made the plays they needed to hold off Miami’s second half rally.

A Promising Start

It felt like NC State was poised for a win early on. D.J. Horne and D.J. Burns hit their first shots to give the Pack an early 12-4 lead. The team played with intensity, especially on defense. They contested Miami’s shots and limited them to just 3 made 3-pointers in the first half.

NC State led 33-29 at halftime. Horne scored 10 first half points to pace the Wolfpack. Miami big man Norchad Omier was a problem inside with 12 points already. But State slowed down Miami’s dangerous 3-point shooting to stay in front.

Wolfpack Grinds Out a Win

The second half was a back-and-forth battle. Miami looked to Omier and guard Nigel Pack to ignite its offense. Pack was scoreless in the first half but caught fire for 23 points after the break. His off-balance 3-point play tied the game midway through the second half.

But NC State had responses to keep Miami at bay. A baseline drive by Michael O’Connell gave the Pack a 70-65 lead with just over a minute left. Clutch free throws by Horne and Morsell iced the 74-68 win.

“We just had to be hungry for this one,” said Horne, who finished with 24 points. “We definitely came in with the mindset that we had to win.”


Takeaways: Rebounding and Defense Keys to Victory

Containing Omier vital

At 6’7″, 240 pounds, Omier is a load inside. He picked up his 11th double-double of the season with 18 points and 14 rebounds. NC State tried multiple defenders on him, including D.J. Burns and Ben Middlebrooks. Slowing down Omier was critical, even though his rebounding gave Miami extra chances.

Winning the overall board battle

Rebounding, especially allowing offensive boards, has hurt the Wolfpack during their losing streak. The Hurricanes had 11 offensive rebounds and 12 second-chance points in the first half. But NC State clamped down better on the glass after halftime. They allowed just 7 second-chance points over the final 20 minutes.

Strong start avoids early hole

Recently, slow starts have plagued NC State and put them in early holes. But against Miami, the Pack came ready to play. Their quick 12-4 start set the tone. Good shooting from Horne kept State firmly in control during the opening minutes. Avoiding a bad start energized the home crowd and Wolfpack.

✅ Fact Checked on January 31, 2024 by Ken Weaver