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NC State Picks Up 96-85 Exhibition Win Over UNC-Pembroke

Streeter Lecka

Box Score

Four Factors NCSU UNCP
eFG% 64.0 44.8
Turnover Rate 18.3
Off Reb Rate 19.4 41.3
FT Rate 70.2 28.6

85 87.2 97.4 110.1
NCSU 96 87.2 110.1 97.4

This team is still capable of scoring efficiently and pushing the pace, but we also saw some of the same problems that have plagued the team in the past--poor rebounding and mediocre free throw shooting among them.

TJ Warren did his thing, scoring 26 points on 10-16 shooting, and he also pulled down nine defensive boards, which is encouraging. He just didn't get a lot of help in that area. Losing Jordan Vandenberg to an ankle injury early in the game didn't help on that front, and BeeJay Anya only played five minutes.

Tyler Lewis thrived as a creator in this one, dishing out 15 assists, and that was in just 26 minutes. Cat Barber didn't shoot well from the field in his debut, but he was able to get to the line a bunch, and that's a good sign. Ralston Turner had himself a heck of a debut, knocking down seven of 10 shots on the way to 20 points. Kyle Washington and Dez Lee were efficient as well.

I'm not sure what you can really take from an exhibition, so I'm withholding judgment. (I also wasn't able to see the game, so...) The rebounding numbers are worrisome given our recent history, and it bothers me that a D-II team came close to a point per possession. But again: exhibition game.

On to the next one.