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Threes allow Pack to top Tennessee, 65-58

Posted December 18, 2013

Cat Barber (2) brings the ball up court. NC State hosted Northwestern for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on December 4, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Final: NC State 65, Tennessee 58

1:55, second half: The Wolfpack allowed Tennessee to close the gap briefly, but appear to be well on the way to an eighth win on the season behind strong performances from TJ Warren, Cat Barber and Desmond Lee.

7:49, second half; NC State 48, Tennessee 43: Tennessee's two stars continue to dominate the scoring and the Pack came back to earth in the second half.

Halftime: NC State 37, Tennessee 20: With 11 points from TJ Warren, the Wolfpack was pulling away from Tennessee. 

The home Volunteers had two players in double digits, but got points from only their starting five while the Pack better spread the offense and capitalized from the free throw line.


Pregame: After going 6-1 during a monthlong homestand, the North Carolina State Wolfpack hit the road on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. (ESPNU, Mix 101.5 FM) matchup with Tennessee at Thompson-Boling Arena. 

NC State beat Detroit 82-79 Saturday for its fifth straight win, climbing to 7-2 on the season. The Wolfpack lost their only road contest of the year at Cincinnati on Nov. 12, 68-57.

Tennessee pieced together its second three-game winning streak of the young season following a Dec. 7 home victory over Tennessee Tech (84-63), but in arguably its most difficult task to date on Saturday, it fell on the road to undefeated, nationally-ranked Wichita State, 70-61, to dip to 6-3 overall.

The programs have only faced off eight times before and not since 1994. NC State has a 5-3 advantage over Tennessee.

The Wolfpack appeared to have their latest game well in hand, leading by 18 points with under eight minutes to play, but Detroit ripped off a furious late-game run to make it a single-possession contest in the final minute. The Wolfpack held on by the skin of their teeth.

The squad shot 50 percent from the field in the triumph, including 10-of-21 from 3-point range, and it was paced by the efforts of T.J. Warren, who scored 29 points. Ralston Turner was also outstanding, shooting 6-of-8 from beyond the arc for 21 points off the bench.

On the season, NC State outshoots its opponents from the field, 49.2 percent to 40.1 percent, and it lives comfortably in the green with its scoring (+9.8), rebounding (+3.3) and turnover (+2.9) margins.

Warren is the nation's sixth-best scorer with 23.3 points per game, doing so on nearly 55 percent from the field while also grabbing a team-high 6.8 rebounds per contest. Anthony Barber (12.0 ppg), Desmond Lee (10.8 ppg) and Turner (9.9 ppg) are all solid complementary options.

The Vols put up a great fight at Wichita State over the weekend, but after 14 lead changes in the first 30 minutes of action, the Shockers pulled away with a late 12-2 run. Although they committed just eight turnovers on the afternoon, it was far from a clean game, as they shot only 38.5 percent from the field while also failing to impress at the foul line (15-of-24).

Jordan McRae was the only player to finish in double figures, as he poured in a season-high 26 points on 8-of-17 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. Jeronne Maymon was also strong with nine points and nine rebounds.

Tennessee has displayed stellar ability on both ends of the floor this season, scoring 10 more points per game (74.7) than it allows (64.7). Its disciplined style of play has allowed for a +2.8 turnover margin and 7.7 more free-throw tries than its opponents per game.

McRae is the catalyst on the perimeter with 19.6 points per game, while Jarnell Stokes (14.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg) and Maymon (9.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg) make up an imposing frontcourt duo.

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  • chivegas Dec 18, 8:56 p.m.

    "NC State beat Detroit 82-79 Saturday for its fifth straight win, climbing to 7-2 on the... View More

    — Posted by DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT

    That analysis is why you work at McDonalds and not EPSN. Pwned.

  • baldchip Dec 18, 2:38 p.m.

    Go Pack!! Make us proud in Tennessee!!

  • ICheatOnMyTaxes Dec 18, 12:25 p.m.

    Rut roh ... I smell a curb stomping in rocky top

  • Toddler10-21 Dec 18, 12:25 p.m.

    Playing good teams will show you how good you are. GO Pack!

  • cjw6105 Dec 18, 12:15 p.m.

    I'm afraid this will again be road kill.

  • Maxxx Dec 18, 11:58 a.m.

    "NC State beat Detroit 82-79 Saturday for its fifth straight win, climbing to 7-2 on the... View More

    — Posted by DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT

    Did you say the same thing about the UTEP game?

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 18, 11:41 a.m.

    "NC State beat Detroit 82-79 Saturday for its fifth straight win, climbing to 7-2 on the season. The Wolfpack lost their only road contest of the year at Cincinnati on Nov. 12, 68-57."

    Wins come easy when you don't play anyone. It gets real tonight. TN's arena seats about 25,000. No way the Pack gets a win tonight. This is a prelude to a tough season in Raleigh. Go VOLS!!!

  • evadbbat Dec 18, 11:16 a.m.

    Next three games are with teams with winning records. Let's see what you got!

  • jmcdow2792 Dec 18, 11:06 a.m.

    Go Wolfpack. Keep up the good work and get another win.

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UNC 75
 
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MEM 23
 
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NEB 37
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KSU 27
AKR 24
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BGU 24
BST 41
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BUF 41
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TOL 52
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NAVY 42
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ARST 35
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EILL 40
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KU 82
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BUT 64
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RICE 74
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CSFU 64
USCU 79
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RIDE 54
 
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MEM 72
 
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CREI 68
 
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OTT 2
 
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