- Associated Press - Sunday, January 26, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - With the game on the line, everybody knew North Carolina State wanted the ball in T.J. Warren’s hands.

And nobody could stop the ACC’s top scorer when it counted most.

Warren’s contested, running jumper with 6.2 seconds left in overtime lifted N.C. State past Georgia Tech 80-78 on Sunday.

Warren, who enters averaging a league-leading 22 points, finished with 20 in his first game back from an ankle injury.

Warren “had to take a tough shot. A runner (from) 12 feet, going away from the basket, over a defender, isn’t an easy shot,” Tech coach Brian Gregory said. “And that’s why he’s the leading scorer in the league right now.”

The Wolfpack (13-7, 3-4) trailed by 11 with under 16 minutes to play before rallying for their second straight win.

Daniel Miller scored a career-high 21 points for Georgia Tech (11-9, 2-5).

The Yellow Jackets had one last chance after Ralston Turner missed two free throws with 2.5 seconds remaining.

Kammeon Holsey took the full-court inbounds pass and flipped the ball to Chris Bolden - whose 30-footer from the left wing was on line but bounced off the iron.

“It looked good when it left his hand,” Warren said. “Just glad he missed it.”

Turner had 12 points, Desmond Lee added 11 and Tyler Lewis scored all 10 of his in the second half for N.C. State, which rallied from 11 down in the second half to beat Maryland last Monday night - a game Warren missed due to injury.

“One thing with our group, boy, they’ve got a lot of resolve,” coach Mark Gottfried said. “There’s just not a lot of pouting. It’s a fun group in that regard. And that gives them a chance.”

Trae Golden finished with 18 points for the Yellow Jackets, who have lost five of seven.

They had the ball in the final minute of OT with the score tied at 78 but N.C. State’s Jordan Vandenberg stole Holsey’s overthrown pass into the post with about 35 seconds left.

The Wolfpack called a timeout with 30.6 seconds remaining and milked most of the clock before Warren cut across the lane and knocked down a jumper over two Georgia Tech defenders.

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