Bryce, NC State hold off FIU, 86-77

Bryce, NC State hold off FIU, 86-77
The Wolfpack (23-12) advances to play the winner of Belmont-Georgetown on Sunday at Nationwide Arena.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - C.J. Bryce scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half, and North Carolina State beat Florida International 86-77 on Wednesday night.

Pat Andree and Devon Daniels added 14 points apiece to help N.C. State (2-1) win its second straight. The Wolfpack had six double-figure scorers and forced 22 turnovers from an FIU team that itself thrives on takeaways.

Devon Andrews scored a season-best 21 points and Tevin Brewer finished with a season-best 19 for the Panthers (1-2). They had the ball trailing by six points in the final minute before Cameron Corcoran missed a 3-pointer and Markell Johnson hit a free throw with 42.2 seconds remaining to put N.C. State up 81-74.

Brewer was called for double dribbling with 28.9 seconds left, Bryce hit a free throw with 27.9 seconds to play, Antonio Daye Jr. turned it over on FIU’s next possession and Bryce pushed the lead to 84-74 with two free throws with 21.5 seconds to play.

N.C. State also built a 38-31 rebounding advantage, turning that into 20 second-chance points to just seven for the Panthers.

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