Creighton outslugs NC State

No. 20 Creighton shot over 60 percent from the floor and NC State struggled with foul trouble as the Blue Jays defeated the Wolfpack by 18 in the second round of the 2016 Paradise Jam.

The last thing a team with several player missing needs is massive foul trouble against a veteran team.

NC State trailed by six at halftime but never could handle No. 20 Creighton as the Blue Jays pulled away in the second half to defeat the Wolfpack, 112-94, in the second round of the 2016 Paradise Jam in St. Thomas.

Terry Henderson led NC State with 28 points, including a career-best seven 3-pointers, while Dennis Smith Jr. added 21. The Pack drops to 3-1 on the season with the loss and returns to action Monday against St. Joseph's in the Third Place Game. Tip will be at 6 p.m.

Creighton's 112 points were the most ever scored in a game at the Paradise Jam. The Blue Jays exceeded 50 points scored in each half and shot 60.6 percent (40-of-66) from the floor.

The Wolfpack last led by one with less than three minutes remaining in the first half but foul woes began to take a toll. Abdul-Malik Abu (13 points, eight rebounds) quickly picked up his third foul in the first minute of the second half. BeeJay Anya picked up his fourth not long after. Creighton used an 11-4 run over three minutes to open up its first double-digit lead of the game.

NC State finished the game with 23 team fouls.

The gap was close to seven at 72-65 with 13:36 remaining but the Blue Jays answered with a 14-3 run to extends its advantage to 18 points with more than 10 minutes left on the game. With NC State having four players with four fouls at that point, Creighton never looked back.


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