Wolfpack has little trouble with Maryland Eastern Shore
How dominant was N.C. State’s performance against Maryland Eastern Shore? The Wolfpack didn’t need all five players to jump out to a 36-point lead over the MEAC school in the first half on Saturday at PNC Arena.
At intermission N.C. State senior Torin Dorn had more points (17) than the Hawks (15). MDES had two more rebounds (10-8) than the 6-5 Dorn, but that was about all that went its way as the Wolfpack improved to 2-0 with a 95-49 win.
“Somebody told me at halftime, I didn’t realize it though,” Dorn said about his first half feat. “I just play and stay in the moment. My shot was falling, I was able to get on the offensive glass and get a couple of easy ones.”
N.C. State led 51-15 at the break, as nine different players scored in the opening 20 minutes. Dorn had plenty of help in the win, including the return of sophomore guard Braxton Beverly, who saw his first action of the season after returning from hand surgery.
Beverly checked into the game to a standing ovation at the 14:58 mark and his first made basket of the season was a 3-pointer that gave the Wolfpack a 21-4 lead. Beverly, who broke a bone in his non-shooting hand, knocked down two 3s in the first half and had six points at the break.
N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts used his entire bench in the game, and nine of the 10 players available scored in the first half. When Blake Harris scored on a layup early in the second half to give N.C. State a 63-24 lead, all healthy Wolfpack players had officially contributed on offense. Keatts said he doesn’t plan on
N.C. State’s Braxton Beverly, left, who made his season debut, steals the ball during the second half of the Wolfpack’s win Saturday.