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NC State tops Penn State 72-55

Posted November 15, 2012
Updated November 16, 2012

T.J. Warren had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 6 North Carolina State to a 72-55 win over Penn State in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tipoff on Thursday.

C.J. Leslie had 14 points and Rodney Purvis added 12 points for the Wolfpack (2-0). Purvis was 3 for 3 on 3-pointers and N.C. State shot 8 for 16 from beyond the arc.

"It was a good, physical game," N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. "It's good for us to play a strong, physical team that will challenge us around the basket and Penn State did that. Defensively, at times, we were very good. And, at times, we were disinterested defensively."

Tim Frazier led the Nittany Lions (1-1) with 23 points. D.J. Newbill had 13 points and Jermaine Marshall added 11 points for Penn State, which shot 3 for 19 on 3-pointers.

"They put the ball in Frazier's hands so much," Gottfried said. "When he penetrated and pitched it to somebody else, for the most part we got a hand up and covered the shooters pretty good, and they had a lot of tough shots."

Leading 37-30 early in the second half, N.C. State went on a 10-0 run to put the game away. Leslie had five points in the run and also assisted on Richard Howell's 3-point play.

Warren had five points in the Wolfpack's 10-2 run early in the first half.

"T.J. and Rodney gave us a great scoring lift when we needed it in the first half," Gottfried said.

N.C. State will face Providence or Massachusetts in a second-round game on Friday.

"I think we will be all right by January. I really do. I like my team," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "That's the goal of the nonconference, play teams like this, prepare yourself to play in the Big Ten."

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  • StunGunn Nov 16, 2012

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    Hey Red, long time no post? Good to see you back here. Yes, your Pack is for real! They have the perfect blend of experience and new talent and play so well together. They do look to be the best in the ACC, and that's not easy for this Heels fan to say. This is a special year for State basketball.

  • StunGunn Nov 16, 2012

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    Buckets - that's the sign of a great team. If one or two players are having a bad night, foul trouble, etc., you have enough weapons to compensate for that and win the game.

  • Got Peart Nov 16, 2012

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    Please....do not speak again. The only other possible team in the State of NC, outside the ACC, that might be worthy is UNCA, but they're rebuilding this year.

    Also - unc does have some big games - Indiana, and the Maui classic.

    Wow - I'm actually defending unc....quick, check down below...is it snowing?

    Nice win for my Pack last night. We clearly didn't have our A game. Zo wasn't on, Wood was bottled up, and Howell was in early foul trouble again. And yet we STILL won by 15. IN previous years that was recipe for certain disaster.

    Purvis and Warren are THE REAL DEALS! Since the Spain trip I have been thining that TJW could be the best freshmen of the 3 that STate got. Purvis seems to have honed in his stroke, and that could be huge - another deep threat will fre Wood up for more open looks.

    State will be nasty this year! Even if the analyst that was on the broadcast last night doesn't quite think so.

    Now, lets take care of a good UMass Team tonight!

  • heelsforever Nov 16, 2012

    Really wish Warren had chosen the Heels.

  • wjuliang Nov 16, 2012

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    +1 from a Heels fan.

    UNC has consistently played one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country and against many good teams on the road.

  • RedIrish Nov 16, 2012

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    I'm a lifelong State fan and alum, but I have no idea where you're going with this one. Long Beach was a solid NCAA team last season and always plays a tough out of conference schedule and Mississippi State is a solid mid-tier SEC team. I can't stand UNC either, but at least pick things that are factually correct when calling them out. It isn't like those things are hard to find recently.

    As for the game we are actually discussing, it was nice to see us coast to a comfortable win against a decent team even with some key players having an off night. This is going to be a very hard team to beat if they are able to put it all together on any given night. They won't be easy to beat even when they don't have it all together. Now they just have to remain focused throughout the rest of the season and this should be a lot of fun to watch.

  • BeastOnTheHill Nov 16, 2012

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    LOL, please name one in state school, non ACC, the you might consider "decent" that could match up with the Tar Heels to the point that you would not consider them a cupcake team.

    That's what I thought.

  • Barely Nov 16, 2012

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    At risk of feeding a troll, I assume you are a UNC fan. If so, let me list your team's schedule of cupcakes.
    Gardner-Webb
    Florida Atlantic
    Long Beach State
    Mississippi State
    UAB
    East Tennessee State East Carolina McNeese State And half of the ACC

    Great scheduling. Just like Dean, Ol' Roy won't schedule games against a decent in-state school that is out of conference.

  • Turheel Nov 16, 2012

    The Pack look strong! I expect them to make a deep run this season and wouldn't be surprised to see them playing on the first Monday night in April.

  • Toddler10-21 Nov 16, 2012

    Win, and move on. I have been told all along that warren was the sleeper of this freshman class. HOWELL, HOWELL, HOWELL you have got to stay out of foul trouble.

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