Anthony "Cat" Barber scored 30 points to help NC State beat No. 15 Miami 85-69 on Saturday.
Abdul-Malik Abu added 19 points for the Wolfpack (12-10, 2-7 ACC), who shook off a month's worth of struggles with a confident performance. N.C. State led the entire second half and shot 51 percent for the game to snap a three-game skid and earn its first home win in 2016.
Sheldon McClellan scored 18 points to lead the Hurricanes (16-4, 5-3), who never managed to dig themselves out a first-half hole that only grew deeper in the second half.
Miami trailed by 10 midway through the first half and closed to within 64-59 with about 4½ minutes left, but the Wolfpack ran off seven straight scoring possessions to stretch the lead back out in what ultimately became a lopsided final score.
This was what Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried was hoping to see after Wednesday's 90-83 loss to Georgia Tech, a performance that left the fifth-year coach furious with what he described as a lack of effort in the first half.
The Wolfpack came out with plenty of energy against the Hurricanes, leading most of the first half and controlling the boards to take a 37-32 lead at the break.
N.C. State then shot 58 percent after halftime while Miami struggled to find any flow of its own.
Barber made 10 of 18 shots and all 10 of his free throws, part of a 26-for-31 effort at the line that kept the Wolfpack playing in front. He also got the edge on Miami point guard Angel Rodriguez, who had 15 points but picked up four fouls trying to defend Barber.
Abu was one of four Wolfpack players to grab seven rebounds as the team finished with a 41-23 edge on the glass.
Miami finished the game shooting 40 percent.
Miami: Davon Reed scored 12 points. ... Miami made 15 of 16 free throws, all after halftime. ... The Hurricanes made 2 of 12 3-pointers after halftime.
N.C. State: Caleb Martin added 13 points. ... Barber drew three charges in the second half. ... This was N.C. State's first home win since beating Northeastern on Dec. 29, ending a four-game skid.
Miami hosts No. 25 Notre Dame on Wednesday.
N.C. State travels to Florida State on Wednesday.