Wolfpack Rolls 99-44

<B>RALEIGH, NC --</b> As been the case early in the season for NC State, the Wolfpack dominated an overmatched opponent at the RBC Center. This time it was the Campbell Camels, who fell to the Wolfpack 99-44.

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    Junior guard Cameron Bennerman exploded for fifteen second half points and finished with 20 total points to lead the Wolfpack. Bennerman hit 7 of 10 shots, including 6 of 8 from three-point range.

    Senior guard Julius Hodge added 16 points for the Wolfpack while hitting 7 of 13 shots from the floor. Hodge also added seven rebounds and seven assists in 27 minutes of action.

    The Wolfpack jumped on Campbell early, leading 13-4 in the opening minutes before Camels Head Coach Robbie Laing used his first timeout to try and stop the NC State run.

    NC State's first half gameplan appeared to be simple: play stifling defense and unselfish on offense. The Wolfpack forced 12 first half turnovers while only committing three turnovers as a team. They also generated ten assists on 17 field goals while holding Campbell to just one assists. The Camels had to fight for every rebound, field goal attempt, and pass in the first half, and NC State's effort led to its commanding 41-22 halftime lead.

    Campbell's luck didn't change in the second half, as NC State appeared to come out inspired to play even better, despite a nineteen point lead. Julius Hodge had three quick buckets and super freshman Andrew Brackman began to take over. Brackman blocked two shots and connected on nine second half points after being held scoreless in the first half. He also added nine rebounds, just missing his first career double-double.

    Not to be overshadowed, fellow freshman Gavin Grant also flashed his versatility. Playing backup point guard tonight, the 6'7 Grant looked comfortable directing traffic and setting up his open teammates. He totaled six points and six assists, including a couple of highlight reel dunks.

    NC State's defensive intensity was superb in the second half, as they held Campbell to just 30% shooting from the field. The Wolfpack's offense also flowed much better than in the first half, as they shot 70% from the floor while hitting 21 of 30 shot attempts.

    The Wolfpack finished the game shooting 59.4% from the field, and have connected on more than 50% of their shots in every game this season. They held Campbell to just 44 total pointsand 32.8% shooting for the game.

    Joining Bennerman and Hodge in double figures was Levi Watkins with 12 points, Jordan Collins who had 10 points, and guard Engin Atsur who registered 10 points, four assists, and four steals on the night.

    Diego Aguiar and Comerlee Poole were the lone bright spots for Campbell, as they had 16 and 10 points respectively. Poole also recorded ten rebounds against the Wolfpack.

    NC State (3-0) will now prepare for the Purdue Boilermakers who come to Raleigh on Monday for an ACC/Big Ten matchup. Campbell (1-2) travels to UNC-Wilmington next Tuesday night.

    Additional Notes

  • NC State held Campbell to just four team assists.

  • The Wolfpack hit just 9 of 16 free throw attempts against the Camels.

  • NC State again shared the basketball, as they finished with 27 assists on 38 made baskets.

  • Turnover margin was huge in this game, as Campbell had 21 turnovers to just six for the Wolfpack.

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