NC State big fella Omer Yurtseven was named a Co-ACC Player of the Week for his work against Miami and Wake Forest.
The Wolfpack’s Yurtseven averaged 25 points and seven rebounds in two ACC games last week as NC State scored a 72-63 win over Wake Forest on Thursday evening and dropped an 86-81 decision to No. 25 Miami on Sunday. The sophomore center from Istanbul, Turkey led the Wolfpack in scoring and rebounding in both games
Yurtseven had 22 points on 9-for-16 shooting in the win over Wake Forest. He pulled down eight rebounds in the contest and blocked one shot. On Sunday against Miami, he delivered 28 points on 12-for-16 shooting with six rebounds and a pair of blocked shots. The 28 points were one point shy of his career high set earlier this month in a win over nationally-ranked Clemson.
Yurtseven connected on 76 percent of his two-point field goal attempts (19-for-25) in last week’s games. (ACC)
On the season, Yurtseven is averaging 13.6 points and 6.8 rebounds, while shooting 61.5% from the field. Through 6 games in January, Yurtseven has been scorching, averaging 17.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, while shooting 58% from the field and 44% from deep range.
Kevin Keatts Presser After Wake Forest: BULLETED
- Our guys did a tremendous job of coming in here on the road and getting a good road win.
- We played really good basketball the last 4 halves…dating back to the second half of the Memphis game and then the entire Wisconsin game.
- Six guys in double digit figures…shows you how balanced we are.
- Manny Bates was tremendous.
- 8 points and blocked a lot of shots.
- Happy with what we have with our rotation.
- Everybody that’s playing in the game is contributing.
- We’re going to get our first ice cream of the year (Road Win). So, I’m excited about that.
On historically struggling to win at Wake Forest…
- We’ve had some success in here. My last 2 out of 3 years, we’ve been able to win.
- It’s a tough place to play.
- Had a chance last year, but we were without Markell Johnson.
Success from 3…
- We shot the ball well from 3.
- 12 for 22.
- Was a little mad because I thought we passed up on some shots that we could have made.
- Jericole had a 3 in the corner that I thought he should have taken.
- Same thing with C.J. Bryce.
- We’ve been putting a lot of work on making shots.
- We expected when we came into this game that we could see a mixture of man-to-man and that 3-2 matchup, so we spent a lot of time the last few days on making shots from behind the arc.
- If you guys would do me a favor and obviously keep Jericole Hellems and his family in your prayers, it would mean a lot to us.
- I didn’t see what happened.
- I was able to talk to him, and I told him to hang in there. He was talking. He was communicating with those guys. After I leave you guys, I’m going to go by and check on him.
- It was hard for me the last 28 seconds of the game, because it was hard for me to focus on the game knowing that we had one of our kids hurt.
Where they are at now…
- I love the way we’re playing.
- With this team, it has been a little bit slow developing roles.
- They’re starting to understand their roles and how to play.
NC State 91 Wake Forest 82: BOX SCORE
NC State 91 Wake Forest 82: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game
NC State’s Balanced Offensive Attack Secures a 91-82 Wolfpack Victory at Wake Forest
Six NC State (7-2) players were in double-figures today in Winston-Salem, which led to a 91-82 Wolfpack victory over Wake Forest (5-5) on the road, which is never a given.
The monkey almost crawled back on the back of NC State in the final minutes, but the Wolfpack’s large lead was able to withstand sloppy play as the game wrapped up. With 4:08 left in the game, NC State was up by 17 points, but they allowed the Deacs to make it a 5 point game with 28 seconds to go.
Redshirt Senior Guard C.J. Bryce led the Wolfpack in scoring and rebounding, with 18 points and 8 rebounds off the bench, along with 4 assists.
Senior Point Guard Markell Johnson had 14 points (4-7 FG/2-3 3PT) and a team high 7 assists.
Sophomore Jericole Hellems’ hot hand didn’t cool off, scoring 13 points (5-9 FG/3-4 3PT), sinking 3 more three-pointers. Sadly, he took a nasty spill in the final seconds, and was taken off the court on a stretcher with what looked to be a head injury.
Redshirt Junior D.J. Funderburk scored 11 and Redshirt Junior Devon Daniels scored 12. Daniels also splashed the stat sheet with 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.
Wake Forest’s Senior Guard Brandon Childress did everything he could to keep the Deacs in the game, scoring 30 points, sinking 5 three-pointers.
The difference in the game was NC State’s 2nd chance points and points off turnovers. The Wolfpack scored 21 points off of 12 offensive rebounds, and scored 27 points off of 19 turnovers.
This is the type of game NC State has lost over and over again in the past, losing 6 of their last 7 games in Winston-Salem. The Wolfpack are now 1-1 in ACC play.
The Wolfpack will have a week off before they play at UNCG next Sunday.
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