N.C. State drops Lions

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - SPORTS - BY JOEDY MCCREARY

RALEIGH, N.C. — Omer Yurt­seven had 19 points and 11 re­bounds, and North Carolina State held on to beat Penn State 85-78 on Wed­nes­day night in the ACC/Big Ten Chal­lenge.

Al Free­man scored 17 points while Sam Hunt added a sea­son-best 14 and hit four of the Wolf­pack’s sea­son-high 10 3-point­ers.

N.C. State (6-2) hit 8-of-10 free throws in the fi­nal minute to snap the two-game los­ing streak that fol­lowed its up­set of then-No. 2 Ari­zona last week in the Ba­hamas.

Len­nard Free­man fin­ished with 10 points and Torin Dorn added 12 re­bounds for the Wolf­pack.

Tony Carr scored 29 points on 12-of-25 shoot­ing for Penn State, while La­mar Stevens fin­ished with 13 points and Shep Garner added 10.

In los­ing for the sec­ond time in three games, the Nit­tany Lions (6-2) — who usu­ally thrive on gen­er­at­ing steals — in­stead had 18 turnovers.

The Wolf pack never trailed in the sec­ond half and led by 13 with just over four min­utes to play be­fore Penn State ral­lied, clos­ing to 79-76 on La­mar Stevens’ stick­back with 43.1 sec­onds re­main­ing.

Af­ter Markell John­son hit a free throw with 41.4 sec­onds left, the Nit­tany Lions threw the ball away on their next trip down­court.

Brax­ton Bev­erly hit two free throws with 30.9 sec­onds left to stretch it to 82-76. Bev­erly iced it with a free throw with 4.7 sec­onds left.

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