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NC State Falls in Final Seconds to Lipscomb, 94-93

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Lipscomb’s rally in the final minute of play sucked the air out of the deafening Reynolds Coliseum, defeating the Wolfpack 94-93.

A Markell Johnson 3-pointer gave the Wolfpack a 3-point lead with 41 seconds left on the clock.

After Garrison Matthews made 1 of 2 free throws with 26 seconds left, Torin Dorn threw the inbounds pass away instead of calling a timeout, and Kenny Cooper hit a three from the corner to give the Bison a 1-point lead.

Johnson came straight down the court and took it to the hole to give the Wolfpack a 1-point lead with 10 seconds left.

Unfortunately, Cooper came back down and played the hero, hitting a contested jumper with 1.7 seconds on the clock, securing the victory for Lipscomb.

NC State didn’t have an answer for Garrison Matthews, who scored a career high 44 points, hitting 8 of his 13 three-point attempts. The 44-point outburst is the most EVER by a Wolfpack foe in Reynolds.

It’s sad that the last thing Dorn will remember from his final game in Reynolds is his costly turnover at the end of the game. Dorn played the best game of his career, posting a career high 34 points, along with 9 rebounds.

The 34 points also mark a new NC State record for points scored in an NIT game.

“2nd half Markell” showed up once again, scoring all 19 of his points in the 2nd half, but it wasn’t enough.

The Wolfpack ended up losing a game in which they led for 72.8% of the time.

NC State finished their 2018-19 campaign with a 24-12 record.

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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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