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Johnson, Dorn lead NC State to 2nd half surge in 105-55 win over Mt St. Mary’s

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NC State’s season opener showcased a team full of new faces, but it was the only two returners on the floor that were the true difference makers for the Wolfpack.

Senior forward Torin Dorn led the way with a career-high 28 points and 9 rebounds, while junior Markell Johnson added 17 points and 5 assists as the Pack moved to 1-0 on the season, defeating Mt. St. Mary’s 105-55.

NC State came out of the gate a little slow and a little sloppy. They allowed Mt St Mary’s to hang around for the entire first half (State went into the break up only 10) and didn’t really pull away until midway through the 2nd half when Markell Johnson connected on his first of the three 3s he’d hit in the coming minutes.

Keatts spent most of the night tinkering with the rotation and trying to find out which combination would finally pull away from the Mountaineers. With only 3 returners on the roster, the new guys got their first minutes in red and white.

CJ Bryce, the junior transfer from Wilmington looked good, finishing with 16 points and 7 rebounds. His ability to defend and score it in transition was a welcomed site for NC State. Devon Daniels finished with 10 points, but never really seemed to get into a good rhythm in this one. Meanwhile, DJ Funderburk went a perfect 4-4 from the floor and finished with 9.

The story of the night, however, was the play of senior Torin Dorn. He was as you’d expect a senior leader to be; the most physical, the most controlled and the most focused player on the court. Dorn led the way throughout, but really stepped it up in the 2nd half, dropping 16 points and went 3-4 from 3pt range.

Overall, State shot 55% from the floor and held MT ST Mary’s to just 33%. They dominated the battle of the boards 52-30 and 12 steals

The Mountaineers bright spot came in the form of sophomore transfer Jalen Giggs who dropped an impressive 24 points on the Pack, scoring both around the hoop and beyond the arc.

Keatts will certainly have a lot to work on. His team was a little too eager and antsy on offense and they overplayed and gambled a little too much on defense. But hey, this was the first game of the season and we think he’ll be happy that his team opened things up with a 5o point victory.

Stay tuned as we’ll have the full stats and OUR TAKE, coming up soon.

 

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Previewing NC State’s Opponent: Maine

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Maine is bad at basketball.

In fact, they are one of the worst teams in college basketball.

KenPom ranks them 335th out of 353 teams.

The Black Bears have started the 2018 season 0-3.

Maine is shooting 36.5% from the field (332nd), 27% from three (310th) and 63.3% from the free throw line (269th).

The Black Bears return 3 starters from last year:

JR Forward Andrew Fleming
SR Forward Ilija Stojiljkovic
JR Guard Isaiah White

White and Fleming are the only players scoring in double digits, averaging 13.3 and 9.7 respectively. Sophomore Vilgot Larsson leads the team in rebounding (6.7).

Richard Barron is the new head coach of the Black Bears. He previously served as the Maine Women’s Basketball Coach. He inherits a program that is 24-100 over the past 4 seasons.

NC State has beat their 1st three opponents by an average of 49 points, and I wouldn’t be shocked in the least if they did so once again against Maine.

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NC State vs. Mercer Tip-off Time Moved Back

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RALEIGH, NC – The NC State men’s basketball game against Mercer on Saturday, Nov. 24 will now tipoff at 5:30 pm.

The game originally scheduled for 2:00 pm was moved to allow fans the opportunity to attend the NC State football game at UNC-Chapel Hill. The football game against the Tar Heels will kickoff at 12:20.

The basketball game will still be shown on ACC Network Extra.

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NC State Women’s Basketball Signs #7 Class in the Nation

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It was a good day for the NC State Women’s Basketball program yesterday. A really good day.

6th-year head coach Wes Moore celebrated four 2019 prospects signing their letter of intent to run with the Pack yesterday.

Currently, ESPN ranks the NC State’s 2019 recruiting class 7th nationally.

5-Star Wing Jakia Brown-Turner (6’0″) is the #17 overall player in the 2019 class according to ESPN. She averaged 19.7 points per game for Bishop McNamara High School (Oxon Hill, Maryland) as a Junior.

Wes Moore: “Jakia is a big-time scoring threat. She can really stroke the three, is explosive, and has the size to take people off the bounce to get to the rim and finish against contact. She is used to winning, both in high school and with Team Takeover during travel ball. She’s someone who we are really excited about from the standpoint of being able to count on her as a consistent scorer. She scores in so many ways. She has good size, good athleticism, and is someone who can really fill up a scoresheet.” (GoPack)

5-Star Forward Jada Boyd (6’2″) is the #32 overall player in the 2019 class according to ESPN. She averaged a gaudy 35.9 points, 13.3 rebounds, 8.5 blocks, and 4.1 steals per game as a junior for Appomattox County High School (Petersberg, Virginia). Boyd was the Virginia Class 1 Player of the Year last season.

Wes Moore: “Jada Boyd is a strong forward who is a relentless rebounder on both ends of the floor. She is strong inside and can also step out and shoot the three. She’s going to create matchup problems for people because of her ability to score inside and out. She brings a toughness and a presence out there and we feel like she will be able to be a double-double type player, much like (former NC State 1,000-point scorer) Chelsea Nelson. Having played a major role for a strong BooWilliams program, she too is used to success.” (GoPack)

3-Star Camille Hobby (6’1″) is the #18 post-player in the 2019 class according to ESPN. She averaged 14.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game as a junior for Nease High School (Jacksonville, Florida).

Wes Moore: “Camille has good strength on the block and plays extremely hard. She can score in a variety of ways, whether it be inside with post moves or from the trail position with a soft touch on the three. She’s someone who works hard on the court, works hard in preparation, and puts in the time that it takes to play at the ACC level. Consequently, she’ll keep getting better.” (GoPack)

3-Star Kendal Moore (5’6″) is the #27 point guard in the 2019 class according to ESPN. She averaged 21.2 points, 6.3 assists, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.6 steals per game as a junior for Northwood Temple Academy (Fayetteville, North Carolina).

Wes Moore: “Kendal has a high motor and is someone who is going to get the ball and push it in transition. She can be a facilitator at the point position, much like a quarterback running the team, but can also put up some points. She takes people off the bounce and either creates her own shot or sets up teammates. She can also knock down the three, and competes on every play. She will lead by example, much as she did with a good Carolina Flames team.” (GoPack)

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NC State’s Opening 3-Game Dominance Breaks ACC Record

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The NC State Men’s Basketball team has started off the season 3-0 It’s not the record that’s most noteworthy, but the way in which they have won.

The Wolfpack have defeated their opponents by an average of 49 points.

Mount Saint Mary’s – 105-55 – 50 points
Maryland Eastern Shore – 95-49 – 46 point
UNC-Asheville – 100-49 – 51 points.

They became the 1st team in ACC history to win their opening 3 games by 46+ points.

This has come as a result of an offensive explosion, and a defensive onslaught.

The last time the Wolfpack scored 90+ points in three consecutive games was back in 1995-96. Also, NC State has held their opponents to 33.3% or lower shooting from the field through three games. The Wolfpack didn’t hold a single opponent to that poor of shooting all last season.

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