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NC State Dominates Lynn to Win Exhibition Opener

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NC State Dominates Lynn to Win Exhibition Opener

The Pack dropped 100 points in the opener to beat Lynn 100-66.

If you only caught the first few minutes of the game, this may come as a surprise. State started off extremely slow and let Lynn get out to an early 10 point lead. This was due in large part to easy dribble penetration on defense and poor shot selection on offense. Let’s not forget, this was the first time this team has played together in real competition and many of the players that were on the court getting their first taste of college action.. Fortunately, the Pack was able to find their stride at the end of half, finishing with a 17-4 run and 14 point lead.

In the Second half, it looked as if the team was able to find their rhythm on both offense and defense. The Pack held Lynn to just under 10 points in the first 10 minutes of the second half, while the offense put up 33 points of its own in the same span.

The much hyped Dennis Smith Jr was able to live up to his billing in this one, going for a team-high 22 points. Mav Rowan was a close second with 17 points. Down low, Abu was an absolute beast, putting up 10 points and pulling down 15 rebounds. Overall, the Pack was just too big and too dominant for an undersized and young Lynn squad. The Wolfpack ended up with 5 separate players scoring double digits and out rebounded Lynn 56-37.

Box Score

Please stay tuned as later today we will have a full in-depth breakdown of last nights exhibition. Once we have a chance to re-watch the film, we will give you a player by player breakdown along with a full analysis of where the Pack looked good and where they can improve.



  1. Wolfer96

    November 4, 2016 at 8:48 pm

    Henderson loves that corner. He can hit the open 3 from there and he is really good at dribbling down the baseline and finding the open man in the paint. He’s going to add to our perimeter threat and take pressure off of Mav.

  2. Wolfer96

    November 4, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Hicks reminds me of Richard Howell. He doesn’t demand the ball, and he will do all the dirty work… rebound, set screens, defend, fight for loose balls. And he’s a great passer on top of that. BJ is a disappointment. I was really hoping he would come in around 270 lbs. He is just not serious about being great. Spencer has a great stroke but he can’t play D to save his life.

  3. Wolfer96

    November 4, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Yurt7 is at least a year away from dominating at the college level. He has great footwork and is infinitely patient with the ball so he has a good base to work with. However, he is lacking in upper body strength. Once he packs on some muscle to his slight frame, he will dominate college centers.

  4. Wolfer96

    November 4, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Torin is the leading scorer on this team. Kid is physical and explosive. He loves slashing to the basket and doesn’t shy away from contact. If he can shoot consistently from mid to long range that will really open up his offense. He doesn’t seem to have high level PG skills but as a SG he can do damage.

  5. Wolfer96

    November 4, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Maverick has been hitting the weights. He plays much stronger through contact, rebounds, and plays defense. He won’t be relied in so much for his offense this season so he needs to maximize his possessions.

  6. WolfPack

    November 4, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Wolfer96 have a lot to say. I had no problem with gopack streaming. it might be your computer.

    • Wolfer96

      November 4, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      I have fiber to my home so I don’t think it was me. Plus I don’t seem to have any problems streaming hbogo, netflix, or espn.

      • Sundrop Drinker

        November 5, 2016 at 12:10 am

        I didn’t have any issue, and I have 200 down. For 1080p you really only need 5-10 Mbps down. Obviously more is better. Stream wasn’t 1080p though. No problems here. Oh, and crashing would be something to do with your computer, like maybe your browser. Also, if you had Ad Block running, there would be your issue.

        Plain and simple, it was you.

        • Wolfer96

          November 5, 2016 at 4:12 pm

          If I had ad-block running I wouldn’t have been able to watch it at all. And the “I didn’t have any problems so no one else should” is anecdotal. It’s like saying that you never had a problem with your Dodge Neon. That’s good for you but the majority of owners did have problems.

      • bdt83

        November 5, 2016 at 2:13 am

        i streamed the game fine. 0 problems with my crappy internet

  7. Wolfer96

    November 4, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    BTW, stream sucks monkey balls. I mean I must have watched maybe 3 minutes of that game in total because of all the lagging and crashing. If they don’t have the infrastructure to handle 50 people streaming they need to partner up with youtube and give the fans a proper stream.

  8. Wolfer96

    November 4, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Would like to see Shaun Kirk get more minutes. Not only for the highlight dunks but this kid brings high energy to his team and crowd. He just needs to work on shot selection, defense, and continue to hit the boards and dunk everything.

  9. Wolfer96

    November 4, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    I thought Abu did well statistically but he still seems a bit soft around the rim. He should be trying to rip the rim off the backboard every time he is near the basket. If he can continue to pull 10+ rpg and becomes an above average defender, he definitely has a place in the NBA.

  10. Wolfer96

    November 4, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    I am stating it now. I am Markell Johnson’s biggest fan! Kid has starter quality, passes well without turning the ball over, and has explosive athleticism.

  11. Wolfer96

    November 4, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    This is the most excited that I’ve been about Wolfpack basketball since the recruiting class of CJL, Zo, Harrow. Hopefully this season will turn out way better.

  12. Wolfer96

    November 4, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Dennis was Dennis. He is what he has been advertised as being. Explosive, attitude, winner. Problem is that the guys around him are so unused to getting passes that they are turning the ball over. The last several seasons were all about a one man show of Cat Barber and TJ Warren. Have to reprogram these guys back into a team concept on offense. I think that will come with more playtime together.

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