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NC State 76, Hofstra 64: Wolfpack shoots poorly, wins comfortably anyway

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Box Score (unofficial)

Four Factors NC State
Hofstra
eFG% 41.8 37.5
Turnover Rate 13.7
17.8
Off Reb Rate 35.6 33.3
FT Rate 46.3 30.9

Pts Poss OFF_EFF DEF_EFF
Hofstra 64 73 87.7 104.1
NC State
76 73 104.1 87.7

NC State's backcourt led the way to victory for the second straight game, as the Wolfpack was able to keep Hofstra at arm's length all night despite shooting poorly. Ralston Turner led all scorers with 24 points and hit five of nine three-point attempts.

Cat Barber was once again all over the stat sheet, with 15 points, seven rebounds, and six assists. Trevor Lacey finished with 16 points but struggled from the field after a strong debut on Friday night. He finished just 5-of-17 from the field, but did snag 10 boards and hit 5-of-6 at the free throw line.

Hofstra might end up looking back at this game as an opportunity missed considering State's average night offensively. The Pride had themselves a rough one at the offensive end, to put it kindly. Juan'ya Green helped fuel a run in the second half that got his team within single digits but didn't play the complete game that Hofstra needed to make a genuine run at a victory. He scored 19 points on 18 shots, including a putrid 3-of-11 effort inside the arc.

With nobody around Green stepping up, Hofstra was fighting uphill pretty much from the opening tip--State quickly established a 15-5 lead and spent the rest of the game protecting that cushion, extending the lead to 18 in the second half and never letting the Pride pull closer than nine.

For a 42% shooting night, that's not half-bad work. Now go win a lot of games, Hofstra.