Wolfpack Defeats Appalachian State 98-77 in Season Opener
Nov. 8, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C - T.J. Warren scored 21 of his game-high 27 points in the second half to propel the NC State men's basketball team to a resounding 98-77 win over the Appalachian State Mountaineers in its season opener at PNC Arena on Friday.
Desmond Lee, in his first official game in a Wolfpack uniform, scored 24 points on 10-of-12 shooting, while Tyler Lewis scored 15 points, 13 of which came in the first half, to go along with six assists. Anthony 'Cat' Barber added 13 points and six assists as well in his Wolfpack debut.
"There was a lot to like tonight," said NC State head coach Mark Gottfried. "I thought defensively our guys at times were very good. You know, we've got to get better in sustaining our defense and I thought there were some spurts where we were really quick, we defended them really well, and our defense turned up our offense."
NC State held a decisive 60-24 advantage on points in the paint for the game, including a 40-16 margin in the second half. Warren and Lee shot a combined 23-of-32 from the field, while State shot 39-of-63 (61.9 percent) as a team and scored 55 points in the second half.
"We were able to get some easy baskets, get out and run in the second half," Gottfried said. "I thought our defense helped us get some fast breaks and opportunities, which I thought was really good for our team tonight."
NC State led by as many as 10 points in the first half before taking a 43-38 lead into the locker room. Lewis and Lee combined for 26 of State's points over the first 20 minutes of play as the Wolfpack trailed briefly at the outset of the game, before taking a lead it would never relinquish.
Following the halftime break, State unleashed a 21-6 run on Appalachian State to start the second half. The Wolfpack connected on nine of its first 10 shots of the half in building a 64-44 lead, scoring 12 straight points on either dunks or layups.
Following an Appalachian State timeout, State continued to pour it on, outscoring the Mountaineers 10-3 over the next 2:21 to push the margin to 74-47 and grab its biggest lead of the game at the 11:46 juncture of the second half.
From there the Wolfpack held a working margin of no fewer than 16 points the rest of the way, with Warren rattling off nine straight points at one point to push the lead back to 27 points. BeeJay Anya made his NC State debut in the second half, scoring three points, before Gottfried was able to empty his bench in the final minute.
Tevin Baskin led Appalachian State with 24 points.
For its next game, the Wolfpack will hit the road to take on the Cincinnati Bearcats as part of the Global Games Shootout. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12.