Pack Advances to Second Round of NCAA Tournament
March 18, 2014
DAYTON, Ohio - T.J. Warren became the all-time leader in points scored in a single season, as the NC State men's basketball team advanced past Xavier, 74-59, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Tuesday evening at the University of Dayton Arena.
Warren, the ACC Player of the Year, became the all-time scoring leader in a single season, as he has now scored a total of 843 points this season. He surpassed David Thompson's previous record of 838.
A native of Durham, N.C., Warren notched a game-high 25 points, as he has now scored 20 or more points for the 18th straight game and the 30th time this season. Ralston Turner also added 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting from the floor, while Tyler Lewis recorded eight assists.
Matt Stainbrook led the Musketeers in scoring with 19 points, while Semaj Christon added 14.
The two teams swapped baskets through the first media timeout at the 15:46 mark, as the Pack held a slim 9-8 lead. Kyle Washington was key during this stretch, as he scored all six of his first half points on 3-of-3 shooting.
NC State (22-13) took a six-point 34-28 lead into the halftime locker room. Warren scored a team-high nine points in the opening 20 minutes of play, while Turner added seven points on 3-of-5 shooting from the floor. Stainbrook led Xavier (21-13) with 12 first half points.
In the second half, Xavier cut the State lead to two points just less than four minutes into the frame, but the Pack used a 21-13 run over the next 10:06 to take a double-digit lead that it wouldn't relinquish. During this stretch, Warren added 13 of his points to help break the game open for State.
The Pack opened its largest lead of the contest of 17 points with just less than three minutes to go on a Warren dunk assisted by Lennard Freeman. The Musketeers closed the lead to 12 points, but two made free throws by Desmond Lee and a three-point field goal by Turner sealed the victory for the Wolfpack.
Up next, the Wolfpack will travel to Orlando, Fla., to face St. Louis, the No. 5 seed in the Midwest region, on Thursday, March 20 at 7:20 p.m.