Wolfpack Advances to Quarterfinals

NC State’s Barber cuts down Panthers with game-high 34 points

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) -- Anthony "Cat" Barber scored a career-high 34 points to help North Carolina State beat Pittsburgh 81-70 on Wednesday night in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

Trevor Lacey added 21 points for the seventh-seeded Wolfpack (20-12), who reached the 20-win mark for the fourth time in as many seasons under Mark Gottfried.

As it has all season, the playmaking backcourt led N.C. State and caused headaches for the 10th-seeded Panthers, whether it was Barber going wherever he wanted with the ball or Lacey knocking in tough shot after tough shot.

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N.C. State shot 53 percent to earn its second double-digit victory this season against Pitt (19-14), a win that will only help an already-solid looking NCAA tournament resume that includes wins against Duke, Louisville and North Carolina.

Now the Wolfpack gets another shot against the No. 2 Blue Devils in the quarterfinals.