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NC State Pulls Away at the End Against Penn State, Defeats Nittany Lions 89-78

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NC State is off to a 9-1 start for the first time since the 2005-06 season (started 12-1), defeating Penn State 89-78 in the Boardwalk Classic up in Atlantic City this afternoon.

The Wolfpack committed a season high 17 turnovers, and only forced 14. That’s not the normal recipe for success for the Pack.

While they didn’t take the ball away as much as they’d like, they blistered the nets on offense. NC State entered the game shooting the ball 50.6% from the field on the year, ranking 2nd in the ACC, and 12th in the nation. What they did today against the Nittany Lions was make their regular season averages look measly. NC State 61% from the field, and 50% from beyond the arch (7-14) this afternoon.

In contrast, Penn State shot 42.4% from the field, and were out-rebounded by NC State 40-29. The Wolfpack entered the contest ranked 2nd in the ACC, and 10th in the nation in rebounding margin, averaging a positive margin of 10.9. They were right on schedule.

Even though NC State led for 32:55 out of the 40 minutes played, it was close for much of the contest.

With 11:47 left in the 2nd half, the score was 58-58.

The following 10 minutes of play was the Braxton Beverly and DJ Funderburk show.

The two combined for 20 points in the final 10 minutes of the contest, putting in 10 a piece. Beverly finished with a season-high 18 points (7-10 FG/3-4 3PT) and 5 assists (tied for team high) and Funderburk finished with 12 points in only 13 minutes of play before fouling out.

Torin Dorn and CJ Bryce were the only other two NC State players that scored in the victorious stretch at the end of the game. Dorn was steady as usual, chipping in 15 points (7-11 FG), and Bryce didn’t miss from the field, finishing with 13 points (4-4 FG).

Despite oddly coming off of the bench today, Markell Johnson filled the stat sheet, with 13 points (5-7 FG), 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 22 minutes.

The Wolfpack’s next game will be at home on Wednesday night against #8 Auburn, in what will be easily the biggest game of NC State’s non-conference schedule.

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NCAA to Move 3-Point Line Back to International Distance

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When NC State played in the 2019 National Invitational Tournament, there were a variety of experimental rules put in place. One of those was moving the 3-Point line back 1 foot, 8 inches, which is the distance used by the FIBA (International Basketball Federation).

The NCAA considered the experiment successful, and recently approved a rule change to move the arch back to 22 feet and 1¾ inches. This rule will be implemented at the start of the 2019-20 season.

Senior Wolfpack Point Guard Markell Johnson had no problem shooting it from further back, hitting 9-17 (52.9%) in the Wolfpack’s 3 games in the NIT.

As a team, NC State shot 33.3% from the new standard, which was slightly under their season average of 35.3%.

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NC State’s Torin Dorn Worked Out for the Hornets Yesterday

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Former NC State Wing Torin Dorn worked out for the Charlotte Hornets yesterday.

Yesterday’s workout was technically Dorn’s first pre-draft team workout, but he did participate in an agent pro day in Phoenix two weeks ago. Dorn also played well in the Portsmouth Invitational at the end of April.

I would be shocked to see Dorn drafted, but workouts like these could help him get an invite to the NBA Summer League or get a G-League contract.

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NC State Men’s Basketball to Host Wisconsin in Big Ten-ACC Challenge

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State men’s basketball team will host Wisconsin in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, the league announced on Thursday.

The game is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 4. Tip-time and broadcast information will be released later.

The match-up will be the fourth all-time between the two programs. Wisconsin has won all three previous meetings, including last season’s game in Madison, Wis., 79-75. Markell Johnson led the Pack with a then-career-high 21 points in defeat.

NC State returns six of its top-seven scorers from last season’s 24-12 team.
 
Wisconsin returns six of its top-eight scorers from last season’s 23-11 team.

Additional opponents and dates for the 2019-20 season will be announced at a later date.

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NC State’s Markell Johnson 1 of Andy Katz’s Favorites to Win the 2020 Jerry West Award

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NCAA.com’s Andy Katz is already looking to next year, and released his 11 favorites (and 14 other contenders) to win the 2020 Jerry West Award, given to the nations best shooting guard annually, beginning in 2015.

NC State Senior Markell Johnson ranked 6th on Katz’s list.

6. Markell Johnson, Sr., NC State: The Wolfpack got its stat stuffer back on the roster after Johnson decided to return to campus. He averaged a dozen points a game last season. Expect that number to climb as well as his overall production.

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  1. Myles Powell, Sr., Seton Hall
  2. Anthony Edwards, Fr., Georgia
  3.  Cole Anthony, Fr., North Carolina
  4. Aaron Henry, So., Michigan State
  5. Sam Merrill, Sr., Utah State
  6. Markell Johnson, Sr., NC State
  7. Jarron Cumberland, Sr., Cincinnati
  8. Alpha Diallo, Sr., Providence
  9. Davide Moretti, Jr., Texas Tech
  10. Marcus Evans, Sr., VCU
  11. Tyrese Maxey, Fr., Kentucky
  12. Trent Frazier, Jr., Illinois
  13. Remy Martin, Jr., Arizona State
  14. Braxton Key, Sr., Virginia
  15. Kellan Grady, Jr., Davidson
  16. Ty-Shon Alexander, Jr., Creighton
  17. David Collins, Jr., South Florida
  18. Joe Wieskamp, So., Iowa
  19. Fatts Russell, Jr., Rhode Island
  20. Cartier Diarra Jr., Kansas State
  21. TJ Gibbs, Sr., Notre Dame
  22. Kyle Lofton, So., St. Bonaventure
  23. Matt Coleman III., Jr., Texas
  24. Quade Green, So, Washington
  25. Dejon Jarreau, Jr., Houston (NCAA)

Duke’s RJ Barrett won the Jerry West Award this year.

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