Wolfpack outlasts Ga. State in opener

November 13, 2009|By From Sun news services

Tracy Smith had 18 points and 11 rebounds to help North Carolina State beat visiting Georgia State, 69-53, in the season opener for both teams Thursday night.

Julius Mays scored 14 of his 16 points after halftime for the Wolfpack (1-0), which shook off a bad shooting night and the stubborn Panthers to win its 16th straight opener. N.C. State won despite shooting 41 percent and missing 13 of 16 3-point attempts.

Ousman Krubally had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Georgia State (0-1), which shot 37 percent.

The Wolfpack played without senior Farnold Degand, who was sitting out for what coach Sidney Lowe described after the game as an academic problem. Lowe said Degand - who wasn't on the bench - is eligible to play but would sit out until he met some team standards, though Lowe didn't elaborate.

The game was part of the Glenn Wilkes Classic, though the Wolfpack won't play again in the event until it faces Akron on Nov. 20 in Daytona Beach, Fla.

No. 16 Ohio State 72, James Madison 44: Evan Turner followed up his triple double with 24 points and 17 rebounds and the Buckeyes (2-0) recovered from a listless spell to beat the visiting Dukes (0-1) in the 2K Sports Classic.

David Lighty added 14 points and William Buford had 12 for the Buckeyes (2-0), who advance to meet sixth-ranked defending national champion North Carolina in the semifinals Thursday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Turner had the program's second recorded triple double in Monday night's opener. He finished with four assists and two steals Thursday night.

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