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NC State Gets Revenge, Crushes Wake Forest 94-74

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Revenge is sweet.

NC State crushed Wake Forest 94-74 last night, avenging a loss on the road in Winston-Salem earlier this year.

Junior Point Guard Markell Johnson was blazing last night, hitting 6 of 9 from beyond the arch (5 in the first half), setting a new career high. Johnson finished with 25 points (19 in the first half). He also had 6 rebounds and 3 assists.

Freshman Jericole Hellems had the best night of his college career, scoring 14 points (4-7), marking a new career high.

Senior Torin Dorn recorded his 6th double-double of the season, with 13 points (5-10) and 10 rebounds.

Redshirt Sophomore Devon Daniels had the most balanced stat line, finishing with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists (team high). The 5 assists were the second most from Daniels in an NC State jersey (7 assists – Loyola Maryland).

The Wolfpack quite literally dominated the Demon Deacons in every aspect of the game.

They held Wake Forest to a dismal field goal percentage of 37.9%, while shooting 46.3% themselves.

NC State won the free throw battle (NCST – 21-30/WF – 17-23), which has been a point of emphasis by head coach Kevin Keatts.

The Wolfpack out-rebounded the Deacs 47-37, and were +3 on the offensive glass.

NC State had 19 assists (Wake 14) to only 9 turnovers (Wake 10).

It was truly a dominating performance by the Wolfpack. Wake Forest never led for a single second, and the only time the game was tied was when the score was 0-0.

The Wolfpack don’t have a midweek game this week, getting a full 5 days to rest before heading down to Tallahassee to face #16 Florida State.

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NC State Makes Top-10 for Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier

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George Mason Graduate Transfer Guard Justin Kier (6’4″/197) included NC State in his list of Final 10 schools.

Kier was granted a fifth year of eligibility after missing all but 9 games last season due to injury. He was expected to arguably be George Mason’s best returning player next year, averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, earning All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team honors.

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NC State Reaches Out to UAB Transfer Makhtar Guyer

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According to Rivals’ Corey Evans, NC State has reached out to UAB Transfer Forward Makhtar Guyer (6’10″/210), after he announced he was transferring on Friday.

Guyer has one year of eligibility remaining. Last year as a Junior at UAB, Guyer averaged 6.8 points and 5.1 rebounds, starting in 27 of 31 games.

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NC State Accepts Recommendation to Move Case to IARP

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NC State has accepted the recommendation to move their violation’s case from the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.

“We’ve stated throughout this process that NC State will accept accountability for any shortcomings and defend ourselves aggressively where we feel it is appropriate and necessary to do so,” Woodson wrote in a statement released by the school on Wednesday. “As our response to the Referral Petition demonstrates, we do not think NC State can receive an objective or fair hearing before the Committee on Infractions in this matter. We believe the only remaining option is that our case be moved to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process.

“NC State has a long history of working cooperatively with the NCAA, and we remain committed to working collaboratively through the IARP to address concerns and to resolve this matter as fairly and efficiently as possible.” (WRAL)

The IARP is made up of decision makers that are investigators and legal advocates that are independent of any NCAA teams.

The difference between the traditional process, and the IARP, is that the latter’s decision is final, unable to be appealed.

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Vote For NC State Men’s Basketball Fans in Fox College Hoops 64-Team Bracket

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In the absence of the NCAA Tournament, Fox College Hoops has created a 64-team bracket to determine the best fanbase of Men’s Basketball teams.

They determined 60 of the contestants based of the Men’s Basketball teams with the most Twitter followers. The final four were determined by the highest rated teams not yet selected according to the NET Rankings.

The winner of each matchup is determined by fan vote, obviously.

NC State’s Men’s Basketball fans were given a #8 seed in the East Bracket.

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The winner of the bracket, will earn quite a gift. Fox College Hoops will place a billboard of that team in close proximity to their rival.

Go ahead and vote for NC State to beat Alabama in the 1st round right now.

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