N.C. State knocks off Hawks

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIR­GIN IS­LANDS >> Den­nis Smith Jr. scored a ca­reer-high 24 points and N.C. State held off Saint Joseph’s for a 7363 vic­tory Monday in the third-place game of the Par­adise Jam tour­na­ment.

Torin Dorn added 19 points, Terry Hen­der­son 15 and Ab­dul-Ma­lik Abu had 12 points and 10 re­bounds for the Wolf­pack (4-1), who over­came an 11-point deficit in the first half to lead by as many as 14 points.

“I think we just started re­ally slow,” N.C. State coach Mark Got­tfried said. “I don’t know if it was be­cause of last night’s game (a 112-94 loss to Creighton in the semi­fi­nals Sun­day). We didn’t have a lot of zip early. But around the 12-minute mark of the first half, we re­ally started to play. We got go­ing, started to ex­e­cute and our de­fense was bet­ter. Our guys re­ally re­sponded.”

Shavar Newkirk scored 23 points and Char­lie Brown added 14 for the Hawks (3-2), who shot just 32.9 per­cent from the field (24 of 73) in­clud­ing 5 of 22 from 3-point range.

Still, Saint Joseph’s man­aged to make N.C. State sweat in the clos­ing min­utes. Down 57-43 with less than 11 min­utes re­main­ing, the Hawks pulled to within six points three times, the last at 69-63 with 2:29 re­main­ing.

But Smith con­nected of a pair of free throws less than a minute later, fol­lowed by a Hen­der­son dunk that pushed N.C. State’s lead back to dou­ble dig­its.

“We had some ter­rific num­bers - 22 of­fen­sive re­bounds, 73 shots, eight turnovers, 10 for 12 from the foul line,” Saint Joseph’s coach Phil Martelli said. “Just ter­rific num­bers. We just didn’t have enough guys mak­ing shots.”

Ore­gon 69, Ten­nessee 65

LA­HAINA, HAWAII >> Dil­lon Brooks hit a long 3-pointer with 22 sec­onds left in over­time and scored 17 points, lift­ing No. 13 Ore­gon to a 69-65 vic­tory over Ten­nessee at the Maui In­vi­ta­tional on Tues­day.

Ore­gon (3-2) shot poorly in a loss to Ge­orge­town in its Maui opener and con­tin­ued to strug­gle on Day 2. The Ducks shot 34 per­cent, in­clud­ing 5 of 17 from 3-point range, and had 21 turnovers.

Brooks car­ried Ore­gon in his sec­ond game back from off­sea­son foot surgery, play­ing well at both ends be­fore hit­ting the long 3-pointer and 1 of 2 free throws to seal it.

Ten­nessee (1-3), which lost to No. 16 Wis­con­sin in its tour­na­ment opener, had 25 turnovers and shot 37 per­cent. The Vols man­aged to keep the Ducks within reach, though, ty­ing the game at 56-all on Shem­bari Philips’ two free throws with 30 sec­onds left.

Det­rick Mostella led Ten­nessee with 22 points.

Brooks was lim­ited eight points in 13 min­utes in his re­turn Monday night, leav­ing him frus­trated. Ducks coach Dana Alt­man gave his star more play­ing time and the pre­sea­son Al­lAmer­i­can de­liv­ered, hit­ting 4 of 9 shots and 7 of 10 free throws in 25 min­utes.

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