N.C. State blows out Eastern Shore
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.