College Basketball Roundup: Wolfpack hold off Pitt’s 2nd-half rally

Charlotte loses at UTEP for the second straight day

NC State's Shakeel Moore shoots during the Wolfpack's win Sunday over Pittsburgh. (Ethan Hyman / The News & Observer via AP)

RALEIGH — DJ Funderburk dunked after a Cam Hayes steal  to slow down a Pitt rally and swing some late momentum back to NC State on Sunday in a 65-62 Wolfpack victory.

The win marks a season sweep of Pitt and is NC State’s fourth in as row in the Atlantic Coast Conference, its first four-game streak since Feb. 14-25, 2018.

Funderburk finished with 13 points in the balanced NC State (12-9, 8-8) offense that saw eight players score and four reach double figures. Jericole Hellems notched his second double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, Braxton Beverly added 14 points, making 8 of 9 at the free-throw line, and Manny Bates added 10 points and six blocked shots.

Bates stifled Pitt’s rally with blocks on consecutive late-game possessions, scoring after the first block for good measure. His basket pushing the Wolfpack lead back to 60-55 with 4:01 left.

The Panthers (9-10, 5-9) had come within three five times after trailing by 14 early in the second half.

Justin Champagnie made his presence felt about six minutes into the second half, throwing down a dunk, making four straight free throws with the six unanswered points pulling Pitt to 45-37.

The Panthers scored twice more after an NC State basket and it was 52-49 after an 18-7 run by Pitt.

That’s when Funderburk threw down with a two-handed dunk at the 8:12 mark and the Wolfpack kept Pitt at bay the rest of the way.

Champagnie scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half and pulled down 12 rebounds for his twelfth double-double. Femi Odukale scored 18 with five assists and Terrell Brown scored 11 with 11 rebounds. Nike Sibande scored nine, but was 1-of-4 shooting in the second half.

NC State scored 23 points off 14 Pitt turnovers and was 24 of 34 at the line.

Pitt was playing a new lineup after Au’Diese Toney and Xavier Johnson left the team early in the week to enter the NCAA transfer portal.

Pitt closes the regular season next week, hosting Wake Forest on Tuesday and traveling to Clemson on Saturday. The Wolfpack travel to Notre Dame on Wednesday and host No. 16 Virginia Tech on Saturday to wrap up the regular season.

UTEP 77, Charlotte 62

EL PASO, Texas — Souley Boum and Bryson Williams scored 23 points apiece as UTEP beat Charlotte 77-62 on Sunday.

Boum shot 6 for 9 from behind the arc. Williams also had 13 rebounds.

Efe Odigie had 12 points for UTEP (12-10, 8-8 Conference USA), which won its fourth consecutive game.

Brice Williams had 15 points and seven rebounds for the 49ers (9-13, 5-9), whose losing streak stretched to six games. Jahmir Young added 12 points. Jordan Shepherd had seven assists.

The Miners improve to 2-0 against the 49ers this season. UTEP defeated Charlotte 70-47 on Saturday.