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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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  • Coach C Oct 31, 2013

    It's going to be a long season. Get your favorite beverage ready!

  • BlueDevils00 Oct 31, 2013

    Lots of new faces to work with. Not surprised they struggled a little bit in their first game-- that should be expected with so many transfers and freshmen. Lewis and Warren will have to lead the way for this young team, but I fully expect them to be competitive in the ACC and grow a lot by March. Fringe NCAA Tournament team.

  • dubious Oct 31, 2013

    Missed free throws and turnovers I expect in early games. However, the basic concepts of man-to-man defense is something even a freshman should know. To give up 85 points to UNC-P .... Scary.

  • royalnc Oct 31, 2013

    "Lewis and Warren will have to lead the way for this young team, but I fully expect them to be competitive in the ACC and grow a lot by March. Fringe NCAA Tournament team."

    As a lifelong NCSU fan and graduate I sure wish I shared your optimism, but I fear the Pack will be a fringe NIT team this season.

    How long 'til baseball season?

  • ezme22 Oct 31, 2013

    Regardless...mooers never win

  • TruthBKnown Returns Once Again04 Oct 31, 2013

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    Yes, it's a long time until April.

    The Pack missed 17 free throws and still scored 96. And in the last minute, Tyler Lewis missed back-to-back free throws, and TJ Warren missed a point blank layup. Score those like one would expect, and we break 100, even with all those missed free throws.

    We definitely have that to work on. Gotta make those free throws.

    And I think we beat a pretty solid team in Pembroke. They hit a good percentage of shots, and they were mostly contested. Every time we'd get up by 8-10 points, they'd hit 3-4 consecutive shots, we'd miss one or two, and they're right back in it.

    Against a lesser team, Pembroke wins that game. I expect them to beat the Holes on Friday night fairly easily.

  • wjuliang Oct 31, 2013

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    lol

  • TruthBKnown Returns Once Again04 Oct 31, 2013

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    I bet you didn't see it. I did. I wanted to be mad that they were keeping it close, but credit to Pembroke. They hit tough shots. There is no real blame needed. Both teams played pretty well (except for State missing too many free throws). That team is tougher than people realize.

    If it turns out I'm wrong, it was still just a scrimmage and our first game. I didn't see much to worry about except missed free throws and we can work on that.

  • Got Peart Oct 31, 2013

    Our new bigs will have to grow up fast - especially with Vandy going down. Hate it for him - he's put in so much work to be ready for his final season, and from what I understand has shown big improvements. Hopefully he's back sooner rather than later.

    We need a legit 2nd option after TJW, becasue he will be the focus of every defense. Turner, Lee, Barber - all stepped up. Hopefully Freeman and Washington can give us good minutes.

    Only expectations for Anya - lose weight. Very dissappointed in how things are starting off for him. Staff had high expectations for him this year.

  • randleman1972 Oct 31, 2013

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

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