Pack Tops Huskies, 72-66

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Cat Barber scored 29 points to lead NC State past Northeastern 72-66 in PNC Arena.

Anthony "Cat" Barber scored 29 points, Caleb Martin hit two clutch 3-pointers and North Carolina State beat Northeastern 72-66 on Tuesday night for its sixth straight win.

Freshman Maverick Rowan scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half, hitting four 3s for the Wolfpack (10-3), who shot 62 percent in the second half.

Quincy Ford scored 15 points and David Walker had 13 for the Huskies (8-5), who tied it at 57 on a 3 by Donnell Gresham Jr. with four minutes left.

Martin countered with a 3 from the left wing before twin brother Cody Martin pestered Walker on his drive to the rim. Caleb Martin and Rowan then played hot potato with the ball before Martin swished a 3 in front of the N.C. State bench to make it 63-57 with just over three minutes to go.

Abdul-Malik Abu followed with a tip-in and, after Ford's 3-point play, Barber hit two free throws and a layup to push the lead to 69-60 with less than two minutes left. Northeastern never got closer than six the rest of the way.

Abu finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Barber was 11 for 20 while scoring at least 20 points for the fourth straight game.

Abu has reached double figures in every game during the winning streak for the Wolfpack, who looked like they might have taken control with 12 straight points midway through the second half.

Rowan hit two 3s during that run before Barber capped it with a layup to put N.C. State up 50-41 with 10 minutes left.

The Huskies tightened things back up with a 13-4 burst, tying it at 54 on Ford's 3 with just under six minutes left.



Northeastern: The Huskies had their two-game winning streak against Atlantic Coast Conference teams snapped. They beat Florida State last season before knocking off Miami last month.

N.C. State: The Wolfpack improved to 1-1 against the Colonial Athletic Association. They opened the season with a loss to William & Mary.

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