Six players finished in double figures for NC State, which used a huge second half to cruise past Rider, 99-71. The Wolfpack scored 59 points in the second half, overcoming a slow start to again torch an opponent that rather unwisely opted to play up-tempo.
Really, the game recap can begin and end with this Dennis Smith dunk, which is one of the nastiest dunks that PNC Arena has been fortunate enough to host.
So, yeah, Dennis Smith is fairly athletic. I mean dang, Dennis, those players had families!
Smith finished with 19 points and 16 assists, while Omer Yurtseven, who earned his first career start, scored 16 on 7-11 shooting. It was a nicely balanced scoring effort from the Wolfpack, and again State was able to get its walk-ons some playing time, which is to say: mission accomplished.
Freshman guard Markell Johnson was held out of the game by Mark Gottfried as punishment for some sort of violation that the Gott Man wouldn’t specify. Johnson is likely to be back in action against Miami this weekend, Gott said after the Rider win.
It was good to see the Pack finish out non-conference play strong, hopefully a sign of a team that is getting more comfortable and starting to level up.