Redshirt Senior Guard C.J. Bryce continued his blazing start to the 2019-20 season today, collecting his first double-double of the season in the Wolfpack’s 95-64 victory over St. Francis (NY). He finished with 22 points (7-12 FG) and 11 rebounds, along with 3 steals.
The three-ball wasn’t falling for NC State today (3-16), but they were efficient from the field overall (49.3%), and shot a clean 71.4% from the charity stripe.
For the first time this year, we got to see what a lineup would look like with both Redshirt Junior D.J. Funderburk and Redshirt Freshman Manny Bates on the court at the same time. The rest of the team enjoyed tossing the ball up to them where no one else could grab it all game long. Funderburk finished with 17 points (7-10 FG) and 7 rebounds, and Bates finished with 12 points (5-8 FG) and 2 blocks.
It looks like it’s going to take awhile before Redshirt Senior Guard Markell Johnson to get his shot back, but his court vision hasn’t missed a beat, dishing out 9 assists.
Redshirt Junior Devon Daniels and Sophomore Jericole Hellems were the other 2 players to score in double figures, scoring 13 and 12 respectively.
While the Wolfpack was obviously supposed to win this game, it was encouraging to see them dominate in all 4 of the most essential keys to victory.
They outshot them, grabbed more offensive rebounds, turned the ball over less, and go to the free throw line more.
The Wolfpack will host Alcorn State on Tuesday night at 6pm back in Reynolds Coliseum once again, for another Heritage game.