TOC: Horner Impresses, Talks About NC State

RALEIGH, NC -- Despite a blowout loss, NC State signee Dennis Horner put on an impressive outside shooting display at the Dail Basketball Center Friday night in South Jersey Select's 86-66 loss to the Pittsburgh JOTS.

  • Horner Scores 27 As SJS Falls In Opener

    Despite a blowout loss, NC State signee Dennis Horner put on an impressive outside shooting display at the Dail Basketball Center Friday night in South Jersey Select's 86-66 loss to the Pittsburgh JOTS. Horner tallied 27 points on 9-of-15 shooting with 18 points coming on six bombs from behind the arc.

    "I shot the ball real well tonight," Horner told reporters after the game. "Usually I try to take the ball to the basket a little more, but their size made that difficult tonight."

    Horner wasted little time getting involved offensively. In the game's opening two minutes, Horner swished two three-pointers and converted a pair of free throws. Horner's 17 points in the first half kept South Jersey Select within striking distance. In the second half, Horner was slowed by a minor hand injury, but was still able to contribute.

    "I broke my finger during the season and jammed it tonight," he said. "It was bothering me, but I was able to play through the pain."

    Horner scored buckets on successive possessions, including a nifty reverse layup, to help SJS chip away, but the size of the JOTS proved to be too much in the end. Horner also added four rebounds, two assists and a steal.

    The 6-foot-8 Horner didn't manage a blocked shot, but was active defensively and created some turnovers using his lengthy wingspan.

    Horner's only miss in seven attempts from behind the arc came late in the second half.

    Horner acknowledged he might be the Wolfpack's only member of the 2006 class, but as of now he plans to stick with NC State and enroll in summer school in July.

    "I'll probably stick it out with NC State. I know Dan [Werner] wanted to play in Herb's Princeton offense, so I can understand his situation," he said. "Our offense will probably be a bit more up-tempo next year. But we play that style on our AAU team so I'm fine with it."


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