Wolfpack Pulls Away From Campbell 81-66
Nov. 16, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - T.J. Warren scored 23 points to help NC State beat Campbell 81-66 on Saturday night.
Ralston Turner added 13 points for the Wolfpack (2-1), which shot 54 percent from the floor.
NC State scored on nine consecutive possessions down the stretch as part of a 20-7 run to break open a tight game.
"I liked the fact we stepped up and executed the last 8-10 minutes," Gottfried said. "Overall, I think we played well."
Darius Leonard scored 17 points to lead Campbell (2-1). D.J. Mason had 12 points, Luke Moyer had 11 and Leek Leek 10 for the Camels.
The Camels trailed 54-49 after a 3-pointer by Luke Moyer with 9:38 to play as they tried to beat NC State for just the second time in 11 all-time meetings.
The Wolfpack, which has won six straight home games dating back to last season, responded by turning up their defensive intensity.
After Moyer made a pair of free throws to bring Campbell within 59-53 with seven minutes remaining, Campbell turned over the ball on five of its next six possessions.
NC State converted all five turnovers into points via two layups and three dunks.
Warren had two of those dunks on consecutive possessions. He threw down a two-handed slam and then finished an alley oop from Freeman to give NC State a 72-56 lead with 4:17 left to play.
The Wolfpack led 36-26 at halftime after shooting 50 percent from the floor and scoring nearly two-thirds of its points inside.
NC State created early separation with an 11-2 run 5 1/2 minutes into the game. Warren sparked the spurt in transition, making a 3-pointer and a two-handed dunk on back-to-back possessions before Campbell's defense had time to get set.
Turner delivered a pair of jumpers from the left wing to cap the run, giving the Wolfpack a 19-9 lead with 11:30 to play in the first half.
The Camels closed to within 28-21 on a 3-pointer by Antwon Oliver, but N.C. State answered with six consecutive points to restore its double-digit cushion.
NC State forced Campbell into just 35 percent in the first half, including 3 of 11 on 3-pointers.