North Carolina State opened the second half with a 28-9 run to erase an eight-point halftime deficit and come away with the 86-68 win over the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team in action Thursday evening in Raleigh, N.C. Reggie Dillard led the Blue Hose with 23 points and seven rebounds.
Stat of the Game
After turning the ball over just seven times in the first half, PC coughed the ball up 15 times in the second for a total of 22. With just eight turnovers for the home team, the Wolfpack finished with a 23-8 advantage in points off turnovers. NC State also controlled the paint, 56-32.
The Blue Hose out-rebounded NCSU, 31-28, posting 15 second chance points, to the home team’s 16. PC shot 49% for the game, with NC State shooting 54.1%. The Blue Hose connected on six three-pointers, while holding the Pack to just one on the night. Free throws were close with NCSU finishing with 19, PC with 14.
Blue Hose Player of the Game
Reggie Dillard posted his second straight 20-point, his 23 just two shy of his career-high of 25 he posted against Johnson. His team-leading seven rebounds was one-off of his career-high of eight as well. J.C. Younger followed Dillard with 14 points. Lennard Freeman led NC State with 23 points and was one of four players with double-digit points, Torin Dorn right behind him with 18 points and a team-leading nine rebounds.
How It Happened
North Carolina State and PC played a tight game in the first half, with the Pack building a seven-point, 28-21 lead with 8:54 to go before the break. The Blue Hose responded with a 15-1 run, highlighted by two three-pointers from Reggie Dillard, to take a 36-29 lead. Both team battled back and forth the remainder of the half with PC heading to the locker room with the 44-36 lead, helped by a three from Montenia Nelson at the 2:07 mark.
NC State came out of the gates in the second half strong, outscoring PC 28-9 in the opening 11 minutes to take an 11-point, 64-53 lead. An 11-4 run by PC, which included nine free throws, helped the visitors cut the margin to four, 68-64, 6:18 to go. The Pack scored the game’s next 10 of 12 points to make it a 12-point game, 78-66, with 3:43 remaining. NCSU scored eight unanswered over the final 3:28 minutes to come away with the 86-68 win.
Montenia Nelson scored a career-high seven points, off a best three-for-six effort from the field.
Armel TeTe finished with a career-high eight points, off a four-for-four effort from the field. He also posted a career-best two blocks.
For the Record
PC moves to 1-2 overall, while NC State improves to 4-0.
PC heads to VMI Saturday, Nov. 18, for a 1 p.m., game.
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