Wolfpack has lit­tle trou­ble with Mary­land Eastern Shore

The Herald-Sun (Sunday) - - Sports - BY JONAS POPE IV jpope@her­ald­sun.com

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

ETHAN HY­MAN ehy­man@new­sob­server.com

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.

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