Pittsburgh's Guillermo Diaz Graham (25) fouls North Carolina State's Ben...

Pittsburgh's Guillermo Diaz Graham (25) fouls North Carolina State's Ben Middlebrooks (34) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 9, 2024, in Pittsburgh. Credit: AP/Gene J. Puskar

PITTSBURGH — Carlton Carrington scored 23 points, Blake Hinson added 21 and Pittsburgh defeated NC State 81-73 on Saturday night to claim fourth-place and a double-bye in the upcoming ACC Tournament.

The Panthers (21-10, 12-8), who led by 10 points at halftime, went ahead 52-35 early in the second half and their lead was still 14 after Hinson hit a jumper near the six-minute mark.

But NC State, which hadn't led since about 8 minutes left in the first half, rallied with an 11-0 run sparked by nine points from Jayden Taylor. The Panthers pushed their lead back to eight points, then Taylor got the Wolfpack within 75-70 when he hit a 3-pointer with 59 seconds remaining.

Guillermo Diaz Graham was fouled on an alley-oop dunk and finished the and-1 for an eight-point lead at 51 seconds. Mohamed Diarra hit a 3-pointer for the Wolfpack but Pitt finished things off at the free-throw line.

Taylor had 28 points for the Wolfpack (17-14, 9-11), who finished in 10th place.

The score was tied five times in the first 12 minutes. NC State did not trail and had a largest lead of five points. A 3-pointer by Jaland Lowe gave the Panthers the lead for the first time, 26-23 with about 7 1/2 minutes left in the half. Lowe's 3 came early in an 18-6 run that helped the Panthers close the half with a 39-29 lead.

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Pittsburgh's Carlton Carrington (7) gets off a pass with North...

Pittsburgh's Carlton Carrington (7) gets off a pass with North Carolina State's Mohamed Diarra, right, defending during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Pittsburgh Saturday, March 9, 2024. Credit: AP/Gene J. Puskar

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