RALEIGH, NC – The North Carolina State Wolfpack used a 24-2 first half run to power past the Jacksonville Dolphins 111-62. Allerik Freeman finished with a career-high 25 points.
NC State returned from a shaky performance in their last time out against Robert Morris with a dominant performance from start to finish against their visitors before heading home for Christmas break.
Omer Yurtseven would tip in a missed Abdul-Malik Abu shot to open the scoring.
NC State started the game hitting 5 out of 8 shots after missing the first attempt, going on a 8-0 run to push the score to 15-4.
Things would seem to be going the way of the Wolfpack when a failed alley-oop attempt fell right in the hands of Turkish big man Omer Yurtseven for an easy bucket and foul to get and complete the three-point play. Yurtseven finished the contest with 13 points and nine rebounds.
Sam Hunt came off of the bench to provide 11 first half points in only eight minutes of action. The spark plug started a 24-2 run to blow the game open. Hunt ended with 14 points on the night.
Jacksonville would get a deep two-pointer to drop before the buzzer, but NC State had already done it’s damage, leading 60-28 at halftime.
The Wolfpack had forced more turnovers (12) in the first half than JU made field goals (11).
Dorn opened the second half with a putback of Abu’s shot. Braxton Beverly and Allerik Freeman hit three-pointers to get NC State on a 10-0 run to continue to extend the score to 70-30 with 16:51 remaining in the half.
The wolfpack would not look back as they would prevail 111-62.
Freeman would finish with a career-high 25 points with seven made three-pointers. Beverly finished with 15 points and nine assists.
NC State (10-4, 0-0 ACC) will head home for Christmas break before returning back to travel to Clemson for their contest on December 30th