Torin Dorn posts ninth double-double of his career to lead the Pack
RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State men’s basketball team rolled past Maryland Eastern Shore Saturday afternoon, defeating the Hawks, 95-49, inside PNC Arena. The Wolfpack (2-0) led wire-to-wire on the way to picking up its second win of the season.
Torin Dorn posted a double-double, the ninth of his career, with a game-best 22 points and 10 rebounds as he led the Pack in scoring for the second outing in a row. DJ Funderburk and Jericole Hellems joined him in double figures, each tallying 13 points, and Braxton Beverly scored 12 points in his return to the court.
In another solid defensive performance, NC State held its opponent under 50 points for the first time since 2015 when the Pack beat South Florida, 65-46 (12/13/15).
After holding Mount St. Mary’s to 32.8 percent shooting on Tuesday, the Pack was even stingier on Saturday limiting the Hawks to 31.5 percent shooting. The two opponent field goal percentages are both lower than the Pack held any team to last season.
The Pack forced the Hawks into 15 turnovers, and The Shore connected on just 17 field goals. NC State turned the Hawks’ 15 turnovers into 23 points and scored 16 of its points on fast breaks.
After the Wolfpack missed its first five attempts of the game, Dorn laid one in at the 17:09 mark of the first half for the Wolfpack’s first made field goal of the game. NC State went on to hit its next seven shots on the way to building up a 21-4 lead midway through the first half.
The Pack led 51-15 at the halftime break, with Maryland Eastern Shore’s 15 first-half points being the fewest allowed in a single half in the Kevin Keatts era.
Hellems and Funderburk led the team in scoring in the second half as each scored eight of their 13 in the final 20 minutes of action. Funderburk put together another perfect shooting performance as he shot 5-for-5 on the outing to improve to 9-for-9 from the field on the season.
NC State is back in action Tuesday, Nov. 13 as it hosts the UNC Asheville Bulldogs. The game is set for a 7 p.m. tipoff inside PNC Arena and will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra.
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