Tar Heels dominate ACC opener as Mavunga scores 23, dishes out five assists
N.C. State's top players showed up, its big men rebounded and blocked shots, and the entire team played with more energy and intensity. Ralston Turner scored 16 points to break out of a slump and help N.C. State beat Pittsburgh 68-50 on Saturday, giving the Wolfpack at 2-0 league start days after an ugly home loss to Cincinnati.
No. 9 North Carolina (13-1) hosts N.C. State (9-4) in the Atlantic Coast Conference women’s basketball opener for both teams at Carmichael Arena Sunday, Jan. 4 (3 p.m, Fox Sports Carolinas). Meanwhile, No. 10 Duke (9-4) hosts Wake Forest (9-5) at 2 p.m. in another ACC women’s opener.
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Trevor Lacey scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half and North Carolina State rallied from 18 down to beat Louisiana Tech 73-65 on Tuesday night.
Ralston Turner had career highs of 33 points and eight 3-pointers to help N.C. State beat Tennessee 83-72 on Wednesday night.
This December feels a little more normal for North Carolina State. The Wolfpack say they have a deeper appreciation for their invitation to the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl after their miserable 2013 — the only year since 2009 that they failed to make the postseason.
Freshman Caleb Martin scored a season-high 17 points in his first start to help North Carolina State beat Charleston Southern 86-50 on Friday night.
Ralston Turner poured in 21 points, including seven during a decisive run to start the second half, as N.C. State eased past Wake Forest 78-65 on Saturday night in the ACC opener for both schools.
Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State among bowl-bound football programs that will learn their ultimate destination beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Eleven ACC teams are bowl-eligible and that doesn't include national wild-card Notre Dame.
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N.C. State defensive tackle T.Y. McGill knocked North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams out of the game. Days before Saturday’s contest at Kenan Stadium, N.C. State safety Hakim Jones called out Williams as being the sort of signal caller who’d wilt when walloped a few times.
Jacoby Brissett and Shadrach Thornton each ran for touchdowns in huge rushing performances while N.C. State's defense overwhelmed rival North Carolina in a 35-7 win Saturday.
Brissett ran for a career-best 167 yards while Thornton ran for 161 more for the Wolfpack (7-5, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), part of a 388-yard ground game that set a physical tone from the outset.
Brissett threw just 11 passes, through three went for short touchdowns.
Meanwhile, the Wolfpack's defensive front mauled the Tar Heels (6-6, 4-4) in a surprisingly one-sided performance against an offense that had been rolling coming into the game.
UNC finished with 207 total yards, 30 on the ground, and didn't score until getting a meaningless touchdown with 1:48 left.
North Carolina will taste a different flavor of rivalry today when it hosts N.C. State in its season finale Saturday (12:30 p.m., WRAL). The Tar Heels (6-5, 4-3 ACC) for years played Duke to wrap up the season but that’s no longer the case as the ACC has shaken up the schedule and UNC will close out with its other neighbor, the Wolfpack (6-5, 2-5), for the first time since 2009.