Abdul-Malik Abu scored 15 of his team-high 25 points in the second half as NC State pulled away to defeat Montana 3-0 in its opening game of the 2016 Paradise Jam.
Dennis Smith Jr. scored 21 points and Torin Dorn Jr. added 16 for the Wolfpack. Abu also hauled in a team-best eight rebounds in the victory.
NC State improved to 3-0 with the win and will next face the winner of Friday's Creighton-Washington State matchup with tip-off coming at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Montana fell to 0-3 on the campaign with the loss.
Both teams shot over 50 percent from the floor in the first half. NC State kept the game close by creating 11 turnovers in the first 20 minutes but Montana led by two at intermission.
The remained close and Montana enjoyed a two-point advantage with 16:51 remaining when Walter Wright sank two free throws. Wright led the Grizzlies with 22 points.
The Wolfpack went on a 20-6 run to create some breathing room with 5:53 to go. The burst was culminated by an emphatic dunk from Smith. NC State led by 16 points with 2:28 left in the contest and the Pack never looked back.
Three players that figure to receive major playing time for NC State this season missed the game Friday. Maverick Rowan was held out due to concussion-like symptoms while Ted Kapita could not make the trip after visa-related issues. Omer Yurtseven continues to serve his nine-game suspension and six more contest remaining before he can return.