N.C. State blows out Eastern Shore

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - College Basketball -

Se­nior Torin Dorn, the for­mer Vance High stand­out, had 22 points and 10 re­bounds to help N.C. State beat Mary­land Eastern Shore 95-49 on Satur­day.

N.C. State held the Hawks to 31.5-per­cent shoot­ing from the field, its best mark in 35 games un­der coach Kevin Keatts. The pre­vi­ous low of 32.8 per­cent came in the Wolf­pack’s sea­son-open­ing 105-55 win over Mount St. Mary’s.

“We have a team whose iden­tity is de­fense,” Dorn said. “Our iden­tity is pres­sur­ing guys and get­ting up into guys.”

D.J. Fun­der­burk and Jeri­cole Hellems added 13 points each for the Wolf­pack (2-0), which opened the game with a 23-4 run and never trailed. Brax­ton Bev­erly had 12 points on four 3-point­ers.

Dorn outscored the Hawks 17-15 in the first half as N.C. State built a 36-point lead.

The Wolf­pack won for the 25th time in their last 26 non­con­fer­ence home games and im­proved to 31-1 against teams from the MEAC.

N.C. State con­tin­ues its six-game home­s­tand against UNC Asheville on Tues­day night.


Wake For­est 90, N.C. A&T 78: Fresh­man Jaylen Hoard scored 19 points and grabbed 13 re­bounds as the Dea­cons (1-0) topped the vis­it­ing Ag­gies (0-2).

Hoard be­came the first Wake For­est fresh­man to record a dou­ble-dou­ble in his first game since even­tual NBA lot­tery pick AlFarouq Aminu had 21 points and 10 re­bounds against N.C. Cen­tral in 2008.

The Ag­gies were plagued by foul trou­ble. Start­ing cen­ter Ibrahim Sylla, who played 31 min­utes in his team’s sea­sonopen­ing loss to UNC Greens­boro, fouled out in only 8 min­utes.

That al­lowed Wake For­est (1-0) to dom­i­nate on the glass and at the foul line. The hosts fin­ished with a 44-22 edge in to­tal re­bounds, turned 17 of­fen­sive boards into 24 sec­ond-chance points, and made 26 of 33 free-throw at­tempts.

The Dea­cons led by dou­ble dig­its for all but 24 sec­onds in the sec­ond half, com­fort­ably earn­ing their sev­enth win in the pro­gram’s past eight sea­son-open­ers.

For N.C. A&T, An­dre Jack­son scored 18 points and Terry Har­ris added 15.


Vir­ginia Tech 87, Gard­ner-Webb 59: At Blacks­burg, Va., Nick­eil Alexan­der-Walker and Isa­iah Wilkins each scored 21 points as the No. 15 Hok­ies opened their sea­son with a win over the Run­nin’ Bull­dogs (0-2).

Nate John­son scored 17 points to lead Gard­nerWebb, which crept within four points less than five min­utes to play. Vir­ginia Tech re­sponded with an 8-0 run, then pulled away.

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