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NC State’s 2nd Team Beats USC Upstate 98-71

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NC State beat USC Upstate 98-71 to improve to 11-1 on the year, but the leaders of the Pack weren’t who you would expect.

Coach Keatts subbed in his 2nd team of five at the 16 minute mark in the 1st half. He brought his starters back in with 11:22 left in the 1st.

Their time on the court would be short lived. They were sloppy on defense, allowing USC Upstate to go on a 6-0 run in a 1:25 span.

As a result, the “starters” were pulled, and the “2nd team” was thrown back into the game.

NC State led by 18 points (50-32) at the half, but that couldn’t wipe the scowl off of Kevin Keatts’ face.

Sending a message, and rewarding effort, Devon Daniels, Eric Lockett, DJ Funderburk, Blake Harris, and Jericole Hellems started the second half.

Plain and simple…NC State was better against USC Upstate when starters Torin Dorn, Markell Johnson, and CJ Bryce weren’t in the game.

Look at the +/- column on the far right for proof. The top 5 players started the game, and the bottom 5 came off the bench.

The “bench” scored 62 points today, which was the highest output of the season, and the most since the 1999-2000 season.

Graduate Senior Eric Lockett, who didn’t play a second in the Auburn game, led the Wolfpack in scoring and rebounds with 15 points and 8 rebounds (tied with Devon Daniels).

Redshirt Sophomore Devon Daniels didn’t shoot the ball efficiently (4-11 FG), but he finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds, and boasted the best +/- of the game (+39).

Redshirt Sophomore DJ Funderburk (4-7 FG) and Freshman Jericole Hellems (6-14 FG & 6 rebounds) both had 13 points as well.

Redshirt Sophomore Blake Harris led the Wolfpack with 8 assists, and also added in 8 points of his own (3-4 FG).

If Harris had scored two more points, the NC State bench would have all been in double-figures.

What the “2nd team” put on film wasn’t always artwork, but it was pure effort and hustle. NC State turned the ball over 15 times, but forced USC Upstate to turn it over 21 times.

The Wolfpack was unselfish today, recording 23 assists on 36 field goals.

Honestly, all 10 players on the roster could start on any given night, and they would deserve it.

NC State beat a team by 27 points this afternoon, and CJ Bryce, Markell Johnson and Braxton Beverly combined for 13 points.

Chalk that up as a big win for the Wolfpack.

NC State’s next game will be at home against Loyola University Maryland on December 28th at 7pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Primetime with the Pack: HIGHLIGHT REEL

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The NC State Men and Women’s Basketball teams put on a show for the fans last night at Primetime with the Pack at Reynold’s Coliseum.

Freshman Dereon Seabron won the dunk contest. Graduate Senior Pat Andree won the three-point contest. Sophomore Jericole Hellems won the skills competition.

The Men’s Basketball team have a “secret” scrimmage against East Carolina tomorrow, and their first Exhibition Game is next Sunday, October 27th, against Mount Olive. The season opener at home against Georgia Tech is on November 5th.

The Women’s Basketball team have an Exhibition Game against Anderson in Reynolds Coliseum on October 31st, and their season opener is on November 6th against North Carolina A&T at home.

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Andy Katz Ranks NC State’s Markell Johnson as the #4 Player in the ACC

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NCAA.com’s Andy Katz released a podcast two days ago previewing the 2019-20 ACC Men’s Basketball season, and he thinks that NC State Senior Point Guard Markell Johnson is the 4th best player in the conference.

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Here’s what Katz had to say about Johnson in the Top-10 breakdown on the podcast.

“He’s a stat stuffer. If NC State goes to the NCAA Tournament, Markell Johnson will lead them. At ACC Media Day told me that he needs to come more out of his shell. He knows that. To be much more demonstrative. Kevin Keatts is putting it on him to become a player like that.” (Katz)

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NC State Being Sued by N&O, WRAL, ABC11 & NY Times

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According to Will Doran of the N&O, the News & Observer, WRAL, ABC11, and the New York Times have filed a lawsuit against NC State for refusing to turn over records related to Dennis Smith Jr. and the NCAA’s investigation into the Men’s Basketball program.

The article claims that for the past two years, the university has been “knowingly and intentionally violating the law by refusing to turn over public records.” Specifically, documentation of electronic communication and phone records have been denied according to the report.

After the release of the article, a spokesperson of the university reached out to Doran last night to inform him that they had “not seen or been served with the lawsuit and would wait to comment until officials have reviewed it.” The spokesperson also had this to say in a statement:

“N.C. State has released thousands of pages of documents and has acted in good faith and transparency throughout the federal and NCAA investigations,” the spokesperson said. “In addition, the university was prepared to release extensive phone records, but that release has been blocked by a temporary court order.” (N&O)

You can read Doran’s article in full here.

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3 NC State Women’s Basketball Players Earn Preseason Honors

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The Blue Ribbon Panel and Head Coaches released their Preseason All-ACC Teams today, and NC State Sophomore Center Elissa Cunane and Senior Guard Aislinn Konig both earned honors.

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Cunane made both teams, while Konig only made the Head Coaches team.

In her first season, Cunane averaged 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, and was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team. Konig averaged 10.7 points and 3.8 assists per game as a Junior, shooting 40.1% from three-point range. Her 214 career three-pointers ranks 5th in program history, and her 93 three-pointers made last year broke her record from the year before (91) for trifecta’s made in a single season.

NC State has had at least one player earn 1st Team All-ACC honors at seasons end the past three years.

Freshman Guard Jakia Brown-Turner made the Newcomer Watch List for both the Blue Ribbon Panel and the Head Coaches.

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Brown-Turner was a McDonald’s All-American, and the #15 player in the 2019 recruiting class according to ESPN.

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