College basketball is a game of extremes; you see the lows, where a team appears incapable of scoring, and you see the highs, where a team looks impossible to stop. NC State scored well over 100 points and buried Jacksonville under a barrage of three-pointers on Friday night; that’s not typical, but it’s what happened this time, and also it was a lot of fun. State won, 116-64.
This Is Good
The particulars in a game like this are not important, so here are the notables:
— Shaun Kirk came off the bench early on and played a lot of minutes. So did Lavar Batts. Lennard Freeman once again came off the bench.
— Al Freeman made seven of his 11 three-point attempts, which we can hope is the start of a swift course correction. It was easily, really really easily, his best game from the perimeter this season.
— Omer Yurtseven went for 13 and 9 in 20 minutes. If this game were more important, he’d have had a much bigger game; tonight he wasn’t necessary.
— Sam Hunt was 6-9 from three, and Braxton Beverly was 5-9.
— NC State set a PNC Arena record for points scored and threes made (19).
Not much Jacksonville could do tonight, it just was not even remotely their day. Everything worked for State and the Pack was brilliant. NC State will return to action against Clemson next Saturday.