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Markell Johnson’s Half Court Dagger Beats UNCG at the Buzzer, 80-77

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Senior Point Guard Markell Johnson likes half court shots, hitting 2 in the past 3 games.

After sinking one at the buzzer against Wisconsin heading into the half, the Wolfpack took the lead, and would never lose it.

Today, responding to Isaiah Miller’s basket to tie the game at 77, Johnson inbounded the ball with 2.1 seconds left, and heaved the ball from a couple of yards behind the half court line, and the ball touched nothing but net, securing an 80-77 victory for the Wolfpack.

Johnson finished with 19 points and 7 assists, which were both team highs, shooting a clean 8 of 14 from the field. This was another example of “2nd Half Markell”, scoring 14 of his 19 points after the break.

The Wolfpack led every minute of the first half, but they allowed the Spartans to make it a tight game at the break. After leading by 12 points with 6 minutes to go in the half, NC State allowed the home team to make it a 1-point game at the break.

The story was the same in the second half. The Spartans took the lead quickly at the start, leading for the first three minutes (by 5 points at one point), but the Wolfpack quickly grabbed control again, leading by 13 points with 10 minutes left. Unfortunately, they didn’t do what was necessary from keeping the scrappy home team from  creeping back into the game.

NC State didn’t maintain fundamentals, failing to block out UNCG all game long, allowing the Spartans to grab 18  offensive boards, compared to only 2 of their own. UNCG scored 17 second chance points, compared to NC State’s 4.

If it wasn’t for the sharpshooting of the Wolfpack, this could have been a very different game. NC State shot an impressive 57% from the field, 46% from three, and 100% from the charity stripe. UNCG got to the free throw line more, out rebounded the Wolfpack (37/23), and turned the ball over less (12/13).

Redshirt Senior Guard C.J. Bryce quietly did what he’s done all year, scoring 17 points, on 6 of 10 shooting (2-4 3PT).

Graduate Senior Pat Andree had the hot hand at the beginning of each halves, connecting on 5 of his 8 three-point attempts, finishing with a season-high 15 points in his second start of the year.

The Wolfpack improved to 8-2, and will play at #10 undefeated Auburn on Thursday night.

 

 

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NC State’s 1 of 11 Schools Santa Clara Transfer Trey Wertz is Considering

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Six days ago, NC State offered Santa Clara Transfer Trey Wertz. Yesterday he told Evan Daniels of 247Sports that the Wolfpack are 1 of 11 schools that he is considering, alongside Arizona, Butler, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Xavier.

“Over these next several weeks, I just want to keep building relationships with those staffs and start to learn about their individual programs and ultimately will have to cut my list down again but right now I wanted to move forward with those 11,” he added.

“Relationships wise, Arizona I have a pretty good relationship with because coach [Justin] Gainey was my lead recruiter at Santa Clara and he’s now one of the assistants at Arizona so they kind of had a jump on that part,” Wertz said.

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ACCDN: Jericole Hellems Sophomore Highlight Reel

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NC State Forward Jericole Hellems was a significant contributor for the Wolfpacker as a Sophomore. Hellems started in 17 of the 31 games he played in, averaging 9.5 points and 3.4 rebounds. Check out his Sophomore Highlight Reel by the ACC Digital Network below.

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NC State Signee Shakeel Moore’s Senior Highlight REEL

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NC State 4-star 2020 signee Shakeel Moore will be suiting up in the Red-and-White next year, but before he arrives, check out his Senior Highlight Reel from PhenomHoopsReport.

Moore is a consensus 4-star recruit out of Moravian Prep (Greensboro, NC). Rivals ranks him as the #112 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class, and the #5 player in the state of North Carolina.

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Hodge, Monroe, Thompson and Warren Advance to Elite 8

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The ACC is doing their own version of March Madness to determine the best Men’s Basketball player of the past 50 years.

Out of the 64 players chosen, 4 NC State players were selected: David Thompson, Rodney Monroe, Julius Hodge and T.J Warren.

All 4 of them advanced to the Elite 8 over the weekend.
#7 Julius Hodge vs. #3 Darrell Griffith (Louisville) – 52.6% – 47.4%
#8 T.J. Warren vs. #5 seed Jared Dudley (Boston College) – 64% – 36%
#1 David Thompson vs. #4 James Worthy (UNC) – 51% – 49%
#5 Rodney Monroe vs. #1 Christian Laettner (Duke) – 50.3% – 49.7%
Here’s a look at the Elite 8 matchups for the Wolfpack legends.
#13 Pearl Washington vs. #7 Julius Hodge
#6 Carmelo Anthony vs. #8 T.J. Warren
#1 David Thompson vs. #3 Derrick Coleman
#5 Rodney Monroe vs. #6 Billy Owens
You can vote for Hodge and Warren today, and they need your votes, because they are both significantly behind at the present.

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