CORAL GABLES, Fla. — After three consecutive ACC losses over the past two weeks, N.C. State was left searching for ways to improve on offense.

The last time N.C. State scored more than 65 points in a game was when it beat Miami 80-63 on Jan. 15 in Raleigh.

On Wednesday night against Miami in Coral Gables, N.C. State (15-8, 6-6 ACC) found that answer.

By knocking down 3s. The Wolfpack made 9 of 22 3-pointers, the majority coming in the first half, and beat Miami at the Watsco Center 83-72.

Senior guard C.J. Bryce led the Wolfpack with 22 points. He was 8-for-16 from the floor. Senior Markell Johnson had 19 points and 12 assists, and junior guard Braxton Beverly, who has struggled with back issues this season, had 14 points. He was 4-of-7 from 3.

The Wolfpack missed 11 of its first 13 shots, and the Hurricanes took an early 11-5 lead with 14:19 remaining in the first half. But after that, the Wolfpack started to get hot.

Devon Daniels and Bryce combined for 32 of the Wolfpack’s 44 points in the first half, and N.C. State led by 12 at halftime. The Wolfpack continued to increase its lead in the second half. It led 63-45 with 12:42 left and looked to have the game in the bag.

But Miami went on a 16-4 run over the next six minutes to cut N.C. State’s lead to three with a little less than seven minutes left.

N.C. State will play Syracuse next on Feb. 11.

This article is published through the N.C. News Collaborative, a partnership of BH Media, Gannett and McClatchy newspapers in North Carolina that aims to better inform readers throughout the state.

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