NC State defeated Georgia Tech 78-66 tonight, improving to 15-4 and 5-3 in ACC play. You can check out the Box Score here. Below is a breakdown of the game…BY THE NUMBERS.
It’s hard to beat NC State when the tandem of Terquavion Smith and Jarkel Joiner are clicking. Smith led all scorers with 25 points, and he also led the way with 5 assists. Joiner had 19 points and 8 rebounds, and was a perfect 9 of 9 from the free throw line.
This was probably one of my favorite Smith performances. He shot over 50% from the field, making 9 of 17 from the field. Yes, he made 4 three pointers, but he also attacked the basket.
Casey Morsell’s impact on a given game always goes way beyond his point total. He finished with 12 points, but this dude had a team high 9 rebounds, with 4 of them being on the offensive glass. He also had a team high 3 blocks. He played way bigger than his height, and he continually proves to be one of the best defensive guards in the ACC.
DJ Burns was the other Wolfpack player in double figures, scoring 10 points, while grabbing 6 rebounds.
Ernest Ross followed up his breakout game against Miami with another solid performance, scoring 8 points on a perfect 3 of 3 shooting from the field. Prior to his 17-point performance against the Hurricane’s, tonights performance would have been a career high.
As a team, NC State shot ball better than Georgia Tech from the field (50.9%/39.4) and from the charity stripe (85%/42.1%). That was the difference in the game. I say that because the Wolfpack had more turnovers than the Yellow Jackets (15/10), and the home team grabbed more offensive rebounds (18/8). Georgia Tech scored 17 second chance points to NC State’s 4.
After starting off the game lackluster on defense, the Wolfpack turned things around, and didn’t look back.
NC State Ranked 38th in the NET Rankings After FSU Win
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.
NC State has another Quad 4 game this Saturday at home, hosting Georgia Tech at 1pm on ACC Network.
Notes on NC State’s Best Start Under Kevin Keatts, and the Wolfpack’s Best Start in Nearly 20 Years
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.
NC State 94 FSU 66: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game
NC State 94 FSU 66: BOX SCORE
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.