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Hellems’ Career-Night Carries NC State to a Convincing Defensive Victory Over Wisconsin

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Sophomore Jericole Hellems was the offensive spark that NC State needed last night to beat Wisconsin 69-54 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Two games in a row Hellems has set new career highs. After scoring 17 against Memphis, he led all players in scoring last night with 23 points, sinking 8 of 13 from the floor, and an impressive 4 of 6 from beyond the arch.

In the 1st half, the score changed 12 times, but after Senior Wolfpack Guard Markell Johnson hit a half court shot at the buzzer heading into the half to put NC State up 32-30, they would never lose the lead again.

Wisconsin got a taste of their own medicine, with the Wolfpack shutting them down defensively all game long. The Badgers shot a meager 37.5% from the field and 21.7% from three.

On the other hand, despite what Wisconsin does on the defensive end, the Wolfpack managed to shoot a decent 48.2% from the field, and 40% from beyond the arch.

Despite coming off of the bench due to missing film session on Tuesday night, Senior Guard C.J. Bryce was a stabilizing factor once again, shredding the mid-range jump shot, scoring 11 points on 5 of 6 shooting.

Johnson was the only other player in double figures, but it was an ugly 12, shooting 5-15.

It was a 40-minute effort by the Wolfpack, which will result in a win on most nights.

NC State will head up to Winston-Salem on Saturday to play Wake Forest in their 2nd ACC game at 2pm.

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Kevin Keatts Postgame Press Conference After Wisconsin Victory: BULLETED

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Head Coach Kevin Keatts met with the media for his postgame press conference after the Wolfpack’s 69-54 victory over Wisconsin last night. You can watch it here, or check out the bulleted breakdown below.

  • Did a lot of really good things tonight.
  • Really impressed¬†by¬†our defense.
  • Carried over from the 2nd half in the Memphis game, especially when you look at the¬†last 6¬†or 7 minutes of the half.
  • When you‚Äôre playing against a¬†Wisconsin¬†team that makes it tough for you to score, if you can find a way to score, certainly you can win the game.
    • Talked leading up¬†to this game, to not get discouraged if you‚Äôre not scoring the basketball.
  • Proud of Jericole Hellems.
    • He‚Äôs been the¬†guy the last 3 games or so¬†who‚Äôs played with a lot of energy and done a lot of good things for us, and he‚Äôs¬†being rewarded for it.
  • Happy¬†with where we‚Äôre at. We‚Äôve got to continue to get better, but I thought we¬†learned from the Memphis loss.

Rebounding from Memphis…

  • We felt like if we had played better in the 1st half against Memphis, we would¬†have put¬†ourselves in a better situation to win the game.
  • I‚Äôm always talking¬†about when you¬†lose a game, you‚Äôre a little sick. I thought we got well tonight.

Best game of the season…

  • You could say that.
  • Competed for 40 minutes.

Markell’s half court shot at halftime…(humor)

  • I did a great job at halftime.
  • I drew up an unbelievable¬†play¬†for Markell Johnson to hit that 3 to go into halftime. I thought that was the best one that I¬†drew up¬†probably in a few years.
  • He did a tremendous job making that shot.

Finishing…

  • Our key was to play smart.
  • Haven’t finished a couple games.
  • 2 losses, don‚Äôt think we played down the¬†stretch.
  • So that may be me, making sure I‚Äôve got the right people in at the end of the game.
  • Played¬†with the lead.
  • Taught that this is a long season.
    • You‚Äôre going to have highs and lows.
    • You‚Äôre going to have¬†some¬†games where you‚Äôre up 10 to 15 and you‚Äôre going to have some games that are going to wear you down.
  • Take good shots.
  • Run your offense and rely on your defense.

Jericole Hellems…

  • He plays with passion and energy.
  • In college basketball, there are¬†always¬†1 or 2 guys on the team that might not be as skilled as the other guys on the team, but he just plays¬†hard.
  • He bought in on the defensive end¬†and he‚Äôs making¬†shots.
  • I actually wanted him to take a few more shots.
    • He passed up on a couple of¬†threes he could have¬†taken.
  • He works on his game.

Crowd…

  • Very happy with our crowd.
    • I was concerned coming in with a 9:15 p.m. tip.
  • Students were¬†tremendous.
  • When this place is rocking and we have a lot of people in here, it is a tough place to play.
  • As we get better, I want to eventually get to¬†the point¬†where we sell out no matter who we play or what time we play.
  • I am proud and happy that everyone¬†turned out tonight¬†for us.

C.J. Bryce not starting…

  • He missed film last night.
    • His reasoning for missing film¬†was very¬†valid, but it doesn‚Äôt matter to me because he missed film.
  • We have standards with what we want to do,¬†so we gave¬†someone else the opportunity.
  • That being said, I thought he was mature about it and handled it well.
  • I¬†wanted to see if¬†he would pout about it, but I don‚Äôt think he did, and he bounced back and made some big plays¬†for us.

Quality Win…

  • I hope it goes a long way.
  • I hope Wisconsin gets everything together and wins the Big Ten.

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NC State 69 Wisconsin 54: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game

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NC State handled business last night in Raleigh, defeating Wisconsin 69-54 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel and Condensed Game are below.

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NC State 69 Wisconsin 54: BOX SCORE

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NC State beat Wisconsin handedly 69-54 last night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, improving to 6-2 on the year. The Box Score is below.

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