(We apologize for the delay on this weekends articles. There were things outside of NC State sports that both of us had to take care of. Thank you for understanding)
RALEIGH, N.C – The NC State men’s basketball team closed out the exhibition portion of its schedule with an 87-62 win over Morehouse on Saturday at PNC Arena. The Wolfpack put five players in double-digits, as all 13 players who dressed saw action during the game.
Sophomore forward T.J. Warren recorded his second consecutive double-double, equaling his exact stat line from Wednesday’s game, with a game-high 26 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard Desmond Lee scored 13 points for the Wolfpack, while junior guard Ralston Turner and freshman guard Anthony ‘Cat’ Barber each had 11 points, respectively, with Barber adding a game-high six assists.
Freshman forward Kyle Washington added 10 points and came one rebound shy of a double-double, with nine boards on the afternoon.
“I thought overall, playing two exhibition games helped our team and helped our young guys,” said NC State head coach Mark Gottfried. “Even from the first game to the second, we got a little bit better. I liked our team defensively at times, we were quick, and we are learning how to help each other and when to help each other. We need to learn how to communicate better, but at times we done a pretty good job defensively.”
For the second consecutive game, the Wolfpack held a strong advantage in fast break points, outscoring Morehouse 21-4 in that respect. Moreover, State shot a crisp 54.4 percent from the field, including 42.9 percent from beyond the arc, led by Warren who connected on 11-of-15 shots. Defensively, State clamped down and allowed 23 fewer points than its previous outing, as the Tigers shot just 39.1 percent on the afternoon.
“We got better as the game went on, but that is going to be the question for our team,” Gottfried said. “Can we rebound with a smaller lineup on the floor? I thought we took a step forward and got better. It is time to move forward and get to play real games.”
With the game tied 4-4 at the outset, State outscored the Tigers 25-8 over a 10 minute span to take a 29-12 lead at the 9:49 juncture of the first half. Warren scored nine points during the stretch, igniting the Wolfpack run with five straight points and ending it with an emphatic alley-oop dunk on a pass from Lee.
Morehouse closed the gap to six points at the 6:13 mark of the half, however the Pack responded with a 13-2 run to close out the half and take a 44-27 lead into the locker room.
Following the halftime intermission, Warren scored eight of State’s first 16 points as the Wolfpack built a 60-35 lead. State led by as many as 25 on three separate occasions before pushing the advantage to 75-46 following a three-point play by Barber. From there, the Wolfpack maintained a working margin of no fewer than 21 points the rest of the way as Gottfried was able to clear the bench in the final two minutes.
D’Anthony Relaford led Morehouse on the afternoon with 17 points.
With the exhibition season now over, the Wolfpack will take on Appalachian State at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 at PNC Arena in the season opener for both teams.
NC State 84 BC 78: BOX SCORE
NC State is a Slight Underdog in ACC Opener vs. Boston College
NC State (4-2) will play their first ACC game of the 2023-24 season tomorrow on the road against Boston College (5-2), and they enter the game as slight underdogs. The Wolfpack are 1.5-point underdogs, and the Total is 150.5.
- NC State is 0-2 Straight Up as underdogs
- BC is 4-1 Straight Up as favorites.
- NC State is 2-4 Against the Spread.
- BC is 4-3 Against the Spread
- The Total has gone Under in 2 games for NC State, Over in 3 and Pushed in 1.
- The Total has gone Under in 3 games for Boston College and Over in 4.
- NC State is 6-4 in their last 10 games against BC Straight Up.
- NC State is 4–6 Against the Spread in their last 10 games against BC.
- The Total has gone Under in 5 games, and Under in the other 5.
#5 NC State 70 Vanderbilt 62: BOX SCORE (with notes)
The 5th ranked NC State Women’s Basketball team improved to 8-0 tonight, defeating Vanderbilt 70-62 in the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge.
- Saniya Rivers scored 20+ points for the 2nd time this season, scoring 22 points on 8 of 14 shooting. She also chipped in 8 rebounds and 2 steals.
- River Baldwin posted her first double-double of the season. She scored 12 points and grabbed 10 boards.
- Aziaha James has now scored in double figures in 7 of 8 games, scoring 14 points tonight, shooting 6 of 10 from the field and 2 of 3 from beyond the arc.
- Freshman Zoe Brooks led the Pack in steals (4) and assists (4).
- NC State didn’t shoot well, making only 39% of their shots. Fortunately, they held Vandy to 34.3% shooting.
The Wolfpack will host Illinois State on Sunday at 2pm.
NC State Stat Leaders Heading into the ACC Opener vs Boston College
This Saturday, NC State heads to Boston College for the now-annual early ACC opener. The Pack will face off against the Eagles at 4pm on ACC Network. Here is where the team is statistically after 6 games.
- Casey Morsell leads NC State in scoring with 14.5 ppg.
- The Pack has 4 double-digit scorers this season. Morsell (14.5), Jayden Taylor (13.3), DJ Burns (13) and DJ Horne (11.2)
(Last season State had 4 double-digit scorers as well. Terquavion (17.9), Joiner (17), Burns (12.5) and Morsell (11.8))
- After their top 4 scorers there is a big dip. Parker comes in at 6.8, O’Connell at 6.3, and Middlebrooks at 5.5 ppg.
(Last season Jack Clark was 5th on the team in scoring at 9 points and Mahorcic was at 8.7. However, both guys missed a large chunk of the season.)
- Burns is leading NC State in rebounding this year at 5.3 per game. Diarra is next with 5.3 (but is currently hampered by an ankle injury.)
- O’Connell is leading NC State in assists with 3.3 per game, and Burns is up next with 2.5. PG DJ Horne is only averaging 2.
- LJ Thomas and Mike O’Connell are tied in leading the team at .15 assists per minute.
- Jayden Taylor is leading NC State in 3pt %, shooting an outstanding 45.8%, while Morsell is up next at 34.6%. Horne is close behind at 33%.
(LJ Thomas is shooting 50% from 3, but only has 2 attempts.)
- Burns is leading the bigs, shooting 56.5% from the floor, while Middlebrooks is close behind at 54.2%. Dennis Parker Jr is coming in at 45.2%.
- For the guards, it’s Casey Morsell leading the way at 44.6% from the floor, while O’Connell is next up at 43.4%. Taylor is shooting 42.4%, and DJ Horne is struggling a bit, shooting just 34.8% from the field.
- Jayden Taylor is turning the ball over the most at 1.8 times per game, while Burns is next at 1.7. Morsell is at 1.5 and O’Connell is at 1.2. DJ Horne has been doing a good job of protecting the basketball, turning it over just .3 times per game.