Sam Hinnant scored a career-high 30 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:09 left to help East Carolina stun North Carolina State 75-69 on Saturday night, giving the Pirates their first win against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent.
Cory Farmer added a key layup and two free throws late for the Pirates (4-5), who had lost all 57 games against ACC teams coming in.
Hinnant finished 10-for-13 from the field and went 6-for-8 from 3-point range, while Darrel Jenkins scored 11 points and went 4-for-4 from the line in the final seconds to seal it for East Carolina. And when Gavin Grant's final 3-pointer missed at the horn, the rowdy East Carolina fans -- who grew steadily louder as the game wore on -- stormed the court to celebrate a win against their instate rival.
Grant scored 25 points to lead N.C. State (4-3), which shot just 42 percent.