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Wolfpack fends off Rhode Island’s upset bid, 67-58

Connecticut v NC State Photo by Lance King/Getty Images

NC State had to overcome a slow start Sunday that saw the Wolfpack fall behind Rhode Island by 10 points, 23-13, early in the second quarter. But State managed to close that gap to four by halftime, and picked up its offense in the second half.

Four Factors

... NC State URI
... NC State URI
eFG% 45.6 40.6
TO% 21.7 18.8
OR% 29.4 34.9
FTR 31.6 2.9

Pace and Efficiency

URI 58 69 84.1 97.1
NC State 67 69 97.1 84.1

State shot just 11-29 (37.9%) from two during the first half, and did not make a three-pointer. In the second half, State shot 12-21 (57.1%) inside the arc and finally connected on a couple threes, though not until the fourth quarter. That final quarter saw the Pack shoot 8-11 overall, including a clutch corner three from Aziaha James that made it 62-58 with less than three minutes to play. A Saniya Rivers three-point play with 30 seconds to go put the Pack up seven and secured the victory.

Rivers, who played all 40 minutes, scored 19 points on 8-14 shooting, with seven assists, six steals, and five boards. Aziaha James added 17, Mimi Collins had a 10-point, 11-board double-double, and Zoe Brooks scored 10 points to go with four assists.