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Big second half propels NC State past Campbell, 69-50

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: DEC 17 NC State at Saint Louis Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Playing without DJ Funderburk and Cam Hayes for the second straight game, NC State came out a tad sluggish, struggling to shoot while playing sloppy with the basketball. Campbell led by as many as seven in the first half, but the Wolfpack managed to close strong and take a two-point lead into the break.


Four Factors NC State Campbell
Four Factors NC State Campbell
eFG% 52.6 42.6
TO% 26.6 26.6
OR% 36.4 5.9
FTR 20.7 36.2

Pace and Efficiency

Campbell 50 71 70.4 97.2
NC State 69 71 97.2 70.4

But the Wolfpack’s offense came around in the second half, and State scored nine points in the first two minutes to establish some breathing room. Campbell’s struggles prolonged, as the Camels shot just 8-24, including 0-9 from three, over the final 20 minutes.

After canning a free throw to hit 35 points with 16:24 left, Campbell managed to score just five points over the next 10 minutes, and by then State had asserted complete control.

Campbell is one of the worst rebounding teams in the country, and that was a costly reality for the Camels, who managed just two offensive rebounds while going ice cold. It was bound to be a rough second half without a good number of bailout second-chance opportunities, and there weren’t many to be had.

State got balanced scoring in the second half, with five guys scoring at least five points, and Manny Bates leading the way with eight. Jericole Hellems provided the boost that NC State needed in the opening period, scoring 13 on 4-7 shooting.

State dominated on the boards at both ends and shot the ball substantially better in the second half, and that was the difference. Overall the offensive performance wasn’t great, but usually one good half is good enough against a team like Campbell.