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Smith, Clark, Morsell go-off in 92-81 exhibition win in the Bahamas

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NC State men’s basketball took their off-season foreign trip to the Bahamas this year and won their first game 92-81.

These foreign trips are allowed every few years, however, because of COVID, they weren’t really an option. This year, they were and Keatts and Co. took advantage.

With a lot of fresh faces and new transfers in the mix, the trip is serving as an opportunity to create some chemistry, create some bonds, and put last season behind them.

Last night they took their first step, knocking off Bahama Select (part of their national team) 92-81.

Terquavion Smith, who decided to return to Raleigh, despite being a potential first-round NBA selection, was as advertised, dropping 26 points in 27 minutes (also had 5 steals and 3 assists). Casey Morsell added 18 and 5. Transfer PG Jarkell Joiner dropped 14 with 3 assists, and transfer SF Jack Clark notched a double-double with 12 points and 13 boards (5 offensive).

Meanwhile, Breon Pass, who hasn’t been talked about much this off-season, decided to stick it out and come back for his sophomore season (he’s a former 4-star PG). He’s one to watch as he’s added some muscle and is looking to get some big minutes at PG for the Pack. So far, so good. Pass finished with 7 points, 5 boards and 5 assists (with no turnovers).

Stats via GoPack.com

The team didn’t release a full box score, but according to the official Twitter, transfer center, and former Big South Player of the Year, DJ Burns had at least 6 points on the night. He was 3-3 in the first quarter.

Here are a few highlights.

NC State takes on the Puerto Rican national team Tuesday at 3pm.

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Papajohn
Papajohn
5 months ago

The true benefit of these foreign trips are the 10 extra practices.
Typically, the staff takes them to the beach or somewhere for bonding opportunities, so they get that anyway, but those practices are gold. Especially with the need to get the four new transfers up to speed and contributing right out of the gate.

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NC State Ranked 38th in the NET Rankings After FSU Win

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NC State’s Men’s Basketball team ranks 38th in the NET Rankings, moving up 2 spots after beating FSU by 28 points last night.

The Wolfpack currently ranks 3rd in the ACC in the NET Rankings, trailing only UVA and Duke.

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NC State has another Quad 4 game this Saturday at home, hosting Georgia Tech at 1pm on ACC Network.

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Notes on NC State’s Best Start Under Kevin Keatts, and the Wolfpack’s Best Start in Nearly 20 Years

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Last night, NC State improved to 18-5 overall and 8-4 in the ACC after defeating FSU 94-66 in PNC Arena. The Wolfpack are off to their best start under Kevin Keatts. Here are a few notes on last night, and the historic start for Kevin Keatts.

  • NC State snapped a 5-game losing streak to FSU.
    • This was the largest margin of victory (28 points) ever against the Seminoles, surpassing 25-point victories in 2001 and 1955.
  • This is NC State’s best record through 23 games (18-5) since 2005-06 (19-4).
    • This is the Wolfpack’s best ACC record through 12 games (8-4) since 2005-06 (8-4).
  • This is the first time NC State has scored 90+ points in an ACC game since December 7th, 2019 against Wake Forest (91-82).
  • Terquavion Smith scored 32 points, which was 1 point away from tying his career high of 33, which he scored against Coppin State in December.
  • The Wolfpack have won 7 of their last 8 games.
  • This is the best start Kevin Keatts has had at NC State through the first 23 games.
    • They started 16-7 his first two seasons.
  • This is also the Wolfpack’s best start in ACC play under Kevin Keatts through 12 games (8-4).
    • His best start prior to this year was 6-6.
  • NC State went 6-1 in January, which was the best record in the month of January since 1988-89 when the Wolfpack went 8-1.
  • The Wolfpack entered February with 17 wins, which is the most wins entering the month in program history.

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NC State 94 FSU 66: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game

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NC State crushed FSU 94-66 tonight in PNC Arena, improving to 18-5 overall and 8-4 in the ACC. The Box Score is here. Check out the ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel and Condensed Game.

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NC State 94 FSU 66: BOX SCORE

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NC State improved to 18-5 overall, and 8-4 in the ACC after defeating Florida State 94-66 tonight in PNC Arena. Below is the Box Score.

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