Pack Tops Pride, 76-64

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State had three players finish in double-figures, led by 24 points from redshirt-senior Ralston Turner, to hold off Hofstra 76-64 in PNC Arena on Monday. The Wolfpack improved to 2-0 with the win.

Turner went 8-for-15 from the floor, including 5-for-9 from three-point range. It was one short of his career-best of six made behind the arc against Detroit last season.

"I try to take good shots and try to take what they give me,” Turner said. “My teammates did a good job of finding me. I just play off guys. Trevor and Cat did a good job of getting in the lane and finding me.”

Redshirt-junior Trevor Lacey added 16 points and tied a career-high with 10 rebounds. Sophomore guard Cat Barber also had 15 points, six assists and a steal in 38 minutes of action. Lennard Freeman finished just short of a double-double, with nine points and 13 rebounds.

State scored the first seven points of the game before Hofstra got on the board with 16:38 left in the first half. Turner later hit two three-pointers 55 seconds apart to increase the lead to 13 and the Pack led by double-digits for most of game.

“I think we beat a team tonight that is going to win a lot of games,” NC State head coach Mark Gottfried said. “They are well-coached. They have veteran players. They attacked some of our weaknesses and their zone slowed up down. Hopefully it is going to be a good win for us down the road because they are going to win some games.”

Hofstra trailed NC State by 19 points with 17:28 remaining but the Pride hung in the game and were able to cut the deficit to nine with less than 13 minutes left. The Wolfpack ultimately wore the CAA school down and extended the advantage to 17 with less than six minutes left.

“I thought we lost the game in the first half,” Hofstra head coach Joe Mihalich said. “They kind-of jumped us, to their credit, and took us out of our offense. We were totally unsettled offensively in the first half and it affected the game.”

“We did not necessarily play great, but they had a lot to do with that,” Gottfried said. “I thought we played really well early. We had a lot of energy. We struggled as the game progressed to guard the ball. They attacked us. I think we can play a lot better over a 40-minute game.”

The Wolfpack will return to action on Thursday against Jacksonville in the third contest of its six-game homestand to open the season. Gottfried expects the competition to get tougher as NC State closes out the month of November against veteran schools.

“It is hard at our level sometimes when you have got young players on the floor and you are playing against veteran teams,” Gottfried said. “And we have got four or five of them coming up just like this. Boise State, Louisiana Tech, Wofford—those guys have a bunch of guys back that went to the NCAA Tournament—most of them did. Those are the kind of games I like to play. They are hard and they are challenging. Hopefully, if you play enough teams like that, nowadays, your RPI and who you play becomes a big deal.”


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