RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Justin Gainey’s jumper from the right of the foul line with 1.3 seconds left gave North Carolina State a 68-66 victory over No. 12 Maryland on Thursday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.
N.C. State (10-1) had lost to Maryland five straight times and nine of the last 11 meetings.
The Terrapins (11-3) tied the game 66-66 on Danny Miller’s basket with 18 seconds to go. When N.C. State got the ball back, Gainey, who scored all of his 14 points in the second half, nearly ran out the clock and hit the 15-foot jumper for the win.
Terence Morris’ long 3-point attempt for Maryland missed at the buzzer.
Morris led Maryland with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
N.C. State pushed its lead to 64-58 when Damien Wilkins hit two foul shots with 3:36 remaining, but Maryland’s Juan Dixon made two baskets to cut the lead to 64-66 with 1:21 to go.
The Wolfpack, down 27-25 at halftime, opened the second half with three straight baskets to go up 31-30. The lead changed four more times before N.C. State went ahead 36-34 on Wilkins’ free throw with 15:56 left.
N.C. State increased its lead to 46-40 on Gainey’s 3-pointer with 13:00 remaining, but Maryland went ahead 54-53 on Dixon’s basket with 6:46 to go.
The Terrapins couldn’t keep the lead for long, and Anthony Grundy hit a 3 to put the Wolfpack ahead again 58-56 with 5:45 left.
N.C. State’s new head football coach Chuck Amato, whose hiring was announced earlier Thursday, attended the game and received a standing ovation during halftime. Amato, a former player and coach for the Wolfpack, was an assistant coach for national champion Florida State.