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Men’s Basketball: NC State 107 FIU 74: BOX SCORE

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The NC State Men’s Basketball team improved to 3-0 tonight, defeating FIU 107-74.

Senior Point Guard Jarkel Joiner went ballistic, scoring 26 points, hitting 6 of 8 from deep. He also had 5 assists with 0 turnovers, and had 3 steals.

Senior Guard Casey Morsell had a career high 26 points. He couldn’t miss, hitting 1o of 13 from the field, and a gaudy 6 of 7 from beyond the arc. He also had 3 steals.

Sophomore Guard Terquavion Smith had 15 points, 6 assists (6 turnovers) and 6 steals. Lil T wasn’t shooting the ball well tonight, hitting 1 of his 8 three-point attempts, but he managed to make an impact all over the stat sheet. He led the team in assists and steals.

Senior Forward Dusan Mahorcic had 12 points (4-5 FG), 7 rebounds (team high) and 3 steals.

Freshman Guard LJ Thomas had a career high 12 points, shooting 5 of 7 from the field, and hit both his three-point attempts.

Sophomore Forward Ernest Ross led the team with 3 blocks.

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Afterglow
Afterglow
1 year ago

I liked what I saw overall but we really seemed to struggle at times to get it past center court and also passing the ball in. It’s early still. The craziest part of this whole game is the fact that FIU shot 59% in the second half and 52% for the game and we managed to beat them by quite a bit. As for Terquavion Smith, I feel like he was forcing shots. Even still, he did some good things otherwise. Good otherwise!

Papajohn
Papajohn
1 year ago

Weird to see the two players we thought would be our most reliable 3PT shooters (Smith & Clark) have an off night, and Morsell and Joiner fill it up.
Hard to tell if any of this will translate to games against tough competition. We’ll find out next week.

Dof87
Dof87
1 year ago

Nice to see our shots falling, Casey in particular. Joiner very impressive. 12 minutes for Gantt, the most he’s played at State. LJ looks like he’s gonna be good.

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NC State & Kansas Will Play a Home-and-Home Series Over the Next 2 Seasons in Men’s Basketball

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According to Matt Norlander, NC State and Kansas have agreed to play in a home-and-home series over the next two seasons in Men’s Basketball.

The Wolfpack have played the Jayhawks 13 times in a series that date backs to 1958-59, with Kansas winning 12 of them. NC State’s lone victory over Kansas was in the first game ever played between the two on December 20th, 1958. The 4th ranked Wolfpack won 66-63 in the Dixie Classic in Reynolds Coliseum.

The last time the two teams faced one another was in 2022-23, when the #3 Jayhawks defeated the Wolfpack 80-74 in the Battle for Atlantis on November 23, 2022.

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NC State is Adding UMASS’ Brett Nelson as an Assistant Coach

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According to reports, NC State is adding UMASS’ Brett Nelson as an Assistant Coach.

Nelson was only at UMASS for 1 season under Frank Martin. Prior to that, Nelson was the Head Coach at Holy Cross for 4 seasons, posting a 27-84 record.

Prior to taking the Head Coaching mantle at Holy Cross, Nelson was at Marquette for 5 seasons, spending the first 3 as an Assistant Coach, and the final two as an Associate Head Coach. Prior to Marquette, Nelson also served as an Assistant Coach at Ball St., Drake, Arkansas and Marshall.

Before coaching basketball, Nelson played for the University of Florida from 1999-2003. He was All-SEC twice, and earned Third Team All-American honors. When he left Gainesville, he was the Gators’ all-time leader in three pointers made, and ranked 2nd in steals.

As a Senior in High School, Nelson was a McDonald’s All-American.

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Ernest Ross Announces He is Returning to NC State

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Power Forward Ernest Ross announced this morning that he is returning to NC State for his final year of eligibility.

 

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Last Friday, Ross committed to UTSA after entering the Transfer Portal on April 17th, but it looks like he had a change of heart over the past couple of days.

NC State has been in desperate need to add a Big out of the Portal. They have hosted ECU’s Ezra Ausar and Georgia’s Frank Anselem-Ibe, but neither of them have found a home yet. With the addition of Ross, NC State has added depth in the Frontcourt, and unless something changes, their roster is full with 13 scholarship players.

Ross played in 14 games this past season, averaging 3.4 minutes per contest. After playing in 34 games last season, averaging 11.4 minutes per contest, Ross saw his participation dip to a career low this season, but that didn’t for a second break his infectious personality. On the sideline, you could count on Ross every single game to be the heart and soul of the Wolfpack on the bench. To watch a player who played as little as he did, care as much as he did, makes me super proud that this young man represented NC State so well.

Ross was a consensus 4-star player in NC State’s 2021 recruiting class, with 247Sports ranking him as the #60 overall player nationally. ESPN ranked him as the #5 overall player in the state of Florida.

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A Matchup Between NC State & Marquette Next Season Might be in the Works

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According to NCAA.com’s Andy Katz, a matchup between NC State and Marquette next season might be in the works.

This past year, the Wolfpack defeated the Golden Eagles 67-58 in the Sweet 16 of the 2024 NCAA Tournament.

NC State and Marquette have played one another 6 times overall, with the Wolfpack holding a 4-2 lead in the series, winning the past two matchups.

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