NC State’s trip to the Paradise Jam may not have ended like we’d hoped, but I don’t think anybody expected the Wolfpack to be down three players this weekend, either. The Wolfpack didn’t win the tournament but did go through a useful route at the same time, if that makes sense. Playing Creighton and St. Joe’s was pretty much the ideal scenario going in, but it worked out backwards.
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That is, I’d hoped for State to beat Creighton in the semis and then meet St. Joe’s in the final. Instead, State lost to Creighton in the semis and met St. Joe’s in the consolation game.
NC State overcame the tough loss to Creighton with another hot shooting night from beyond the arc, which held off a St. Joe’s team that was terrible from the field but dominated the glass. If there’s one big takeaway from the weekend, it’s the Pack’s perimeter offense coming to life without Maverick Rowan.
While turnover margin and poor defensive rebounding kept this game relatively close, NC State’s far superior shooting and free throw rate paved the way to victory.
Dennis Smith led all scorers with 24 points and added eight assists, while Torin Dorn scored 19 and Terry Henderson scored 15. Good night for the Rescue Squad.