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NC State 93, Jackson State 58: Cat Barber and Trevor Lacey lead Pack to easy win

Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Box Score

Four Factors NCSU JSU
eFG% 59.0 32.0
Turnover Rate 13.2
Off Reb Rate 31.4 22.4
FT Rate 52.5 35.9

JSU 58 76 76.8 123.1
NCSU 93 76 123.1 76.8

NC State missed its first five shots from the field on Friday night but quickly picked up the scoring pace behind Cat Barber and Trevor Lacey, who were sharp almost all night. Those two helped the Wolfpack make quick work of Jackson State--the Pack held a 21-point edge at halftime and finished with a 93-58 win.

Lacey had no trouble shaking off his rough exhibition game debut, finishing with 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field, including a 3-of-5 effort from beyond the arc. Barber created all sorts of problems for JSU's mess of a roster, and got to the line a bunch. Encouragingly, he also knocked down a trio of three-pointers on five attempts; a more consistent jump shot from Barber this season can open up a lot more for him offensively.

Lacey and Barber were so good, and JSU was so bad, that as late as the final media timeout of the game, the pair had a 47-46 scoring edge on the entire JSU team.

Kyle Washington led the way with a game-high nine rebounds, and all of them came on the defensive end. Washington and Ralston Turner both scored seven points, while Dez Lee finished third on the team in scoring with nine. Barber and Lacey were dominant.

So NC State walks away from its opener with a 35-point victory. Nobody got hurt, Trevor Lacey looked as advertised, and the freshmen each had their moments on the floor. Can't ask for much more than that.