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NC State downs UNCP in exhibition, 96-85

Posted October 31, 2013

— The NC State men's basketball team opened up its 2013-14 exhibition season with a 96-85 win over UNC Pembroke on Wednesday night at Reynolds Coliseum.

Sophomore forward T.J. Warren notched a double-double on the night, leading all scorers with 26 points to go along with 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Tyler Lewis dished out a game-high 15 assists, while redshirt junior transfer guard Ralston Turner added 20 points.

Junior guard Desmond Lee and true freshman Anthony 'Cat' Barber had 16 and 14 points, respectively, for the Wolfpack. Six new players saw action for head coach Mark Gottfried, including true freshmen Kyle Washington, who started the game at power forward, BeeJay Anya and Barber. Mark Gottfried Gottfried: A lot of good things

"There were a lot of good things tonight," Gottfried said. "I like that we had 96 points, but we missed 17 foul shots and turned the ball over 16 times. If we don't turn the ball over as much as we did and make a few foul shots that 96 becomes about 110 pretty quick. I like that."

State led by as many as 10 points in the first half and extended it to 12 in the second frame and never trailed over the course of the entire game. The Wolfpack held a decisive 36-16 advantage in fast-break points while shooting 59.6 percent from the field (34-of-57).

After taking a 44-37 halftime lead, State held a working margin of between seven and nine points for the first eight minutes of the half until UNC Pembroke cut the score to 63-60 at the 11:46 mark. From there, Turner and Barber combined to rattle off seven straight points over two minutes to up the advantage to 70-60.

UNC Pembroke trimmed the lead to 73-68 at the 7:00 minute juncture, but could get no closer the rest of the way. After a free throw by Lewis and a layup by Lennard Freeman, the Wolfpack maintained a lead of at least seven points the rest of the way, before closing out the game at the free throw line.

State started the game on an 8-0 run, punctuated by back-to-back alley oop dunks by Warren and Jordan Vandenburg to take the early advantage. The Wolfpack would sustain the lead, taking a 44-37 advantage into the locker room at halftime.

Griffin Pittman led UNC Pembroke with 23 points on the night.

The Wolfpack will host Morehouse Saturday, Nov. 2 at PNC Arena in its final exhibition game before the official start of the regular season against Appalachian State on Nov. 8.

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  • HeelHater Nov 1, 7:04 a.m.

    Pembroke put up 85 against us......that's concerning to say the least.

  • TruthBKnown Returns Once Again04 Oct 31, 4:30 p.m.

    I'd be concerned UNCP was able to hang 85 points on them, the defense will have to improve when... View More

    — Posted by mike honcho

    I was there. It wasn't poor defense by State. It was good offense by Pembroke. We contested shots. They just hit a lot of them anyway. And they packed the lane with bodies to get rebounds. They paid for that, though, because it opened up more fast break opportunities for State.

    It was a pick your poison thing for UNC-P.

  • TruthBKnown Returns Once Again04 Oct 31, 4:29 p.m.

    LOL, It's gonna be good to be a Carolina fan this year.

    — Posted by randleman1972

    I think you mean Carolina-Pembroke.

  • eyepeefreelee Oct 31, 1:48 p.m.

    It's all downhill from here! Go ahead and book their flight to the Final Four!

  • heelsforever Oct 31, 12:38 p.m.

    LOL, It's gonna be good to be a Carolina fan this year.

    — Posted by randleman1972

    Speak for yourself. I don't care if the Fack wins or loses. Neither outcome does a thing for me unless they are playing the Heels.

  • Ken D. Oct 31, 12:23 p.m.

    With Vandenberg injured and Anya obese, State will be back to a seven man rotation again this year, three of whom are freshmen. They had better stay healthy and out of foul trouble. All the returning players will need to average 30+ minutes a game.

    What looked like a relatively promising rotation went south fast.

  • tlg0022 Oct 31, 12:14 p.m.

    LOL, It's gonna be good to be a Carolina fan this year.

    — Posted by randleman1972

    Until you play Duke.

  • mike honcho Oct 31, 11:23 a.m.

    I'd be concerned UNCP was able to hang 85 points on them, the defense will have to improve when ACC play begins.

  • Ken D. Oct 31, 11:16 a.m.

    Looks like State will have to resort to small ball this year. Anya, one of the crown jewels in this recruiting class, is not going to be ready to contribute until next year at best. He needs to lose 60+ pounds, and you can't do that safely between now and February.

  • jeff727 Oct 31, 11:02 a.m.

    Regardless...mooers never win

    — Posted by ezme22

    . You should know a thing or two about cows..living in the metropolis of Dunn.

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