State picks up first ACC win, blasting Pitt 78-61

Anthony Barber, Sterling Smith
North Carolina State's Anthony Barber (12) shoots a 3-pointer as Pittsburgh's Sterling Smith (15) watches during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Anthony Barber bounced back from his worst game of the season to score 31 points and N.C. State stunned Pittsburgh 78-61 on Tuesday night.

Barber, held to nine points in a loss to North Carolina last Saturday, made 8 of 18 shots and all 14 of his free throws while adding seven rebounds and eight assists. Abdul Malik-Abu had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolfpack (11-8, 1-5 ACC), who ended a five-game losing streak by building a 28-point first half lead and withstanding a push by the Panthers.

Jamel Artis led Pitt (15-3, 4-2) with 16 points and Michael Young added 14 but the Panthers were never really in it. Pitt fell behind by 10 in the first eight minutes and never got closer the rest of the way.

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