NCAAB Game Recap - North Carolina State at North Carolina Greensboro
Sun Dec 15, 2019 3:00 PM EST

OhSt
71
Minn
84
F
Woff
68
UNC
64
F
(N/A)
30
W&M
90
F
Quin
81
Maine
61
F
CenCT
55
BC
74
F
TexPA
82
NebOm
92
F
GWebb
46
VaTec
73
F
Copp
77
UMBC
86
F
(N/A)
41
ETSU
97
F
Norf
45
LoyIL
64
F
IlSt
64
NoKY
79
F
MsVl
67
MiaO
79
F
TNSt
66
Ford
61
F
SacHr
65
UCF
76
F
(N/A)
50
Akr
100
F
OkSt
61
Hou
55
F
NCSU
80
UNCG
77
F
(N/A)
55
TexSA
98
F
SIU-E
54
NW
72
F
Purd
56
Nebras
70
F
SIU
48
Mizzu
64
F
Troy
80
Chat
84
F(OT)
Longw
76
Stetsn
72
F
Drex
61
SoFL
81
F
Clev
58
BGSU
72
F
UCRiv
56
WaSt
70
F
GaSo
51
Brad
81
F
SCar
67
Clem
54
F
(N/A)
58
SamH
91
F
CSNor
73
Pacif
79
F
TXAMC
60
TexAM
63
F
(N/A)
65
TxSt
117
F
LongB
76
USC
87
F
MOSt
51
VACom
61
F
SEMO
50
YSU
65
F
Samf
73
HI
94
F

Dec 15, 2019, 3:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

North Carolina State (8-2)

38

42

80

North Carolina Greensboro (8-3)

37

40

77

Johnson's heave lifts NC State past UNC Greensboro 80-77
Sun Dec 15, 2019 7:29 PM

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) Markell Johnson knew there were only a few seconds left in a tie game as the inbound pass came his way with North Carolina State facing overtime.

"Get it up before the time went out," Johnson said, "that was the only thing that was going through my mind."

Johnson did just that, launching a running heave from beyond halfcourt that dropped cleanly through the net at the horn to give the Wolfpack an 80-77 win against UNC Greensboro on Sunday.

Johnson was immediately mobbed by teammates and nearly tackled into the scorer's table, though he eventually caught his feet well enough to start waving his left arm toward the crowd in the Greensboro Coliseum.

"It just felt like it was right," Johnson said of the shot.

It was a remarkable play that came immediately after a tough tying basket from Isaiah Miller over Johnson with 2.1 seconds left in what turned into a wild finish between instate programs.

Johnson finished with 19 points for the Wolfpack, who blew a 13-point second-half lead but hung on thanks to the senior's final heave. It's the second one from near halfcourt that he's hit this year, the first coming just before halftime in a win against Wisconsin in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Miller had banked in a tough shot over Johnson from the paint to tie the game at 77, capping his own at-times dominant second-half performance. Jericole Hellems fired the inbound pass to Johnson, who took one dribble then jumped off his left foot to launch.

"I never think those shots go in," Wolfpack coach Kevin Keatts said, who added that he started thinking it looked good during its flight.

It was a thought shared farther down the Wolfpack bench, too.

"I think probably two or three of the guys sitting next to me ... at the time it went up, everybody pretty much said, `It's going in," graduate transfer Pat Andree said.

Miller scored 21 of his 26 points after halftime for the Spartans (8-3), who lost for the second time on a shot from beyond halfcourt at the buzzer.

"We're really invested," Spartans coach Wes Miller said. "We've got a bunch of guys that really work at it and really care. So emotionally this will be difficult today. But I think it would be a lot more difficult if that was the last game of the year."

BIG PICTURE

N.C. State: N.C. State had been off since last weekend's win at Wake Forest to even its Atlantic Coast Conference record at 1-1. N.C. State shot 60% for the game and hit 13 of 26 3-pointers, the last standing out as a highlight-reel moment in the building the Wolfpack will visit in March for the ACC Tournament.

UNC Greensboro: The Spartans already had a notable win this year, beating Georgetown on the road on Nov. 30. This time they were trying to win a second straight meeting with the Wolfpack, the last coming two years ago in Raleigh when they rallied from 14 down before halftime. They were also playing without second-leading scorer and rebounder Kaleb Hunter, who is sidelined by an ankle injury.

`SCARY MOVIE'

UNC Greensboro lost 67-66 on a banked-in heave to Montana State at home on Nov. 16, prompting both Isaiah Miller and James Dickey refer to a feeling of deja vu after this one.

"You're kind of just in a little daze until you see that ball bounce off that rim," Dickey said. "I really wasn't thinking about anything, I was just kind of just watching like a movie, and it was a scary movie today."

MILLER'S WORK

The 6-foot Miller played with a fiery competitive edge throughout the second half, both on offense and in his role near the top of the Spartans' pressure defense.

He made 8 of 14 shots after halftime to score more than half of the Spartans' points to go with five rebounds.

"I had seen they were switching a lot," he said. "So I usually was just trying to switch on the (4-man) or the big man, get downhill. If I saw any advantage, I just took it."

UP NEXT

N.C. State: No. 12 Auburn hosts the Wolfpack on Thursday in the second game of a home-and-home series, with N.C. State winning the first last season.

UNC Greensboro: The Spartans visit Vermont on Wednesday.

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Leaders

North Carolina State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
M. Johnson 19 0 7 2 2 0
C. Bryce 17 0 2 4 3 0
North Carolina Greensboro PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Leyte 0 0 0 0 0 0
I. Miller 26 0 3 7 2 0

Team Comparison

NCSU UNCG
Points For 80 77
Field Goals 30/53-57% 28/65-43%
Three Pointers 13/28-46% 11/24-46%
Free Throws 7/7-100% 10/13-77%
Offensive Rebounds 2 18
Defensive Rebounds 21 19
Rebounds 26 40
Blocks 5 3
Steals 10 4
Turnovers 13 12
Personal Fouls 14 10
Technical Fouls 1 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - NCSU Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sun Dec 15 NCSU 80 @ UNCG 77 J. Hellems 2

Game Information

Stadium: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina
Attendance: 7,469
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