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Johnson's Tip-In Wins it for Miami

Reggie Johnson’s tip-in with 0.8 seconds left gave the 14th-ranked Miami Hurricanes a 79-78 win over No. 19 N.C. State on Saturday.

Miami (17-3, 8-0) went on an 8-2 run to close the game, which included Johnson’s left-handed tip-in following a miss by Shane Larkin.

Johnson scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half for Miami, which has won nine straight.

Durand Scott led the Hurricanes with 18 points. Julian Gamble had 16 while Kenny Kadji and Larkin each had 13.

C.J. Leslie led N.C. State (16-6, 5-4) with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

A 3-pointer by Scott Wood gave N.C. State a 74-69 left with three minutes left.

After a bucket by Johnson, Leslie made a pair of free throws to keep the lead at five.

Then Scott helped lead Miami down the stretch. He made two free throws followed by a layup. Then, Scott split a pair of free throws with 55 seconds left to pull UM within 78-76.

Leslie missed a free throw, then fouled Scott to put him on the line and once again, Scott split a pair to make it 78-77 with 47 seconds left.

Tyler Lewis’ 18-foot jumper missed with 17 seconds left setting up Johnson’s heroics.

Miami trailed 40-34 at halftime.

After Kadji scored the first four points after the break, N.C. State went on a 14-6 run to take a 54-44 lead.

The Hurricanes battled back and took a 63-62 lead with 8:32 left on a lay-up by Scott, who picked off a pass by Lewis and raced in for Miami’s first lead since mid-way through the first half.

Miami jumped out to a 17-8 lead in the early going before N.C. State responded with a 17-5 run.

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