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Raleigh, NC – Here are the post-game quotes from the NC State Wolfpack vs Duke Blue Devils basketball game on Saturday, January 6.

Head Coach Kevin Keatts

(Opening Statement)

“First of all, I would like to thank the students and fans. When this place is packed like that, this is one of the toughest places, if not the toughest place, to play in the country, and I thought our fans were huge. They did a good job of lifting us up, especially in the first half. We got behind a little bit. All week, we have been talking about the guys needing to play together, and one of the things I said about this team is that in order for us to be very successful, we have to play together. We had seven guys in double figures. We shared the basketball. We had 17 assists and only 10 turnovers. I challenged those guys the last couple days that if we had a chance to win the game, we had to win the rebound battle, and I thought we did that getting 14 offensive rebounds and only giving up 12. Also, we wanted to do a great job in getting out in transition. Give Duke a lot of credit. It’s a very good basketball team. Bagley is as good as advertised, and I’m proud of my guys. I thought they did a tremendous job. Starting ACC play on the road at two tough venues for us to bounce back and get a great win, you have to be proud of these guys.”

Head Coach Kevin Keatts

(On Lavar Batts Jr. providing a spark off the bench)

“I thought he was great. I thought Lavar grew up today. He came in at a moment where we were really struggling to score the basketball and just the energy he brought to the team. He got to the rim. He found guys, made some great passes. When you look at him and Braxton (Beverly), they are both babies in the ACC, and they both have been forced to grow up quick, and they both are doing a good job in it.”

Head Coach Kevin Keatts

(On what changed in the team’s offensive rebounding)

“Well, we talked about it. I think coming in, their (Duke’s) percentage was unbelievable, the shots they miss and get back right at 44% of their misses. I wasn’t happy at our first timeout because I felt like they beat us to a lot of 50/50 balls. I told them it wasn’t just going to come from the post position. Everybody has to come into rebound and do a good job of rebounding the ball and blocking out.”

Head Coach Kevin Keatts

(On the team’s confidence)

“It (the win) certainly helps. I will say this: I don’t think this team ever lost confidence. I’ve said this all along. We had a tough start, starting on the road the first two games of the ACC. We just needed to get home and sleep in our bed and get some home cooking, and certainly it worked out.”

Head Coach Kevin Keatts

(On who made the biggest difference sharing the basketball)

“I think it was everybody. I think it started with Al Freeman. I sat down with Al, and I sat down with every guard, and I told them, ‘If we’re going to be successful with this group of guys that we have, we’re going to have to play off each other.’ I thought everyone made the right passes, and I thought everyone played unselfish. If you look back at our games that we won and we played well, we really shared the basketball.”

Head Coach Kevin Keatts

(On what he said to the team right before the half)
“You know, we talked about staying the course. We wanted them to, all night long, have to play against our half-court defense. If you look at Duke, they are so talented, but they score so much in transition. They score so many points off of offensive rebounds, we felt like if we could keep them off of the glass and we did a great job of sprinting back and not giving them easy baskets, then we would have the opportunity to win the game.”

Head Coach Kevin Keatts
(On how the team played with poise)

“We talked about experience. When you look at Duke, Bagley (is) unbelievable. They all are. One thing I told our guys is, ‘You’re going to play against Grayson Allen, who is a tremendous basketball player, and four freshmen, who all in high school as talented as they are, they played high school last year.’ So, we told our guys to use their experience and play like veterans, and I thought they all did.”

Head Coach Kevin Keatts
(On Omer going up against Bagley)

“I thought he (Omer) played well. He scored around the basket, I thought he did a tremendous job. The scouting report, checking Bagley, when you’re checking the numbers, you’re going to say Bagley had 31, but what did he have, 10?  I thought he did a great job of forcing him to his right. The kid made some tough shots. We played against a really great freshman this year with Bagley.”

Head Coach Kevin Keatts
(On whether this is his biggest win so far at NC State)

“Since it’s my (first) ACC win, I think it’s the best one that I’ve got so far. No, it’s a great win, but what I told our guys, I said, ‘Every win that we have, I want you to celebrate and be excited about, but don’t be satisfied.’ Just because we beat the number two team in the country, that’s not what we’re trying to build. We want to build a program where we are consistent every night.”

Coach Kevin Keats
(On difference in practice this week)

“No, and that’s been tough on me. We have practiced well. I think I told you guys before the Jacksonville game that we shot the ball well, but we haven’t shot it well in the game. Then in Jacksonville, obviously we made shots. Then finally our hard work and practice, if you ever saw a practice…well I shouldn’t say that because everyone’s going to try and go to practice now. But we practice extremely hard and our guys play extremely well, and we just hadn’t had that same energy and effort once we got in the games, and I thought we did tonight.”

Head Coach Kevin Keatts
(On learning from big wins)

“I don’t know what my team learned, but I know what I learned. Every team that we play, I’m going to tell them that they’re ranked number two in the country. Listen, we have a good season going on, and when you look at it, obviously this league is tough. If you look around a league, and I’m guessing on this, but I would say 75 to 80 percent of the home teams have won in the first three or four games, and so having the opportunity to come back home after just starting on the road two games, I think it made our guys feel a little more comfortable, and our students and fans were tremendous.”

Head Coach Kevin Keatts
(On players stepping up with Markell Johnson out)

“It’s two guys that have stepped up in that situation. Braxton (Beverly) obviously has to play a lot of minutes, but Lavar Batts is starting to come, so now I have the ability to play him and mix Sam (Hunt) in there and then give Al (Freeman) and also Braxton a little breather and they can play off the ball. So by those two, Sam and Lavar, playing a little better, it’s actually helped our team.”

Head Coach Kevin Keatts
(On depth in the front court)

“It’s great. One thing that we do have is we’ve got three guys that play in our front court that I feel real comfortable with. I see it as three starters. I rotate those guys in and out, and I thought all three guys played great for us.

Head Coach Kevin Keatts
(On the team not losing confidence after losses)

“Looking back at the Notre Dame game I thought it was more Notre Dame playing well than us playing bad. When you look at it, they made 11 threes, and that same Notre Dame team went on the road and won at a tough Syracuse place today without two of their starters, so I thought that they played well. I didn’t think we scored the ball at Notre Dame, and that’s the reason why we lost the game because we weren’t able to score (and) because we didn’t share the basketball.”

Abdul-Malik Abu, Forward

(On the second win against a top team)

“It definitely sweet, and it felt good. When we lock in and do everything right, that’s the outcome we are going to get. I’m just super proud of all these guys. It just took a little bit from everyone, some really big shots, and it turns out to be a happy outcome.”

Abdul-Malik Abu, Forward

(On winning this kind of game at home)

“It’s very big. We had the crowd behind us, and we had a lot of support. We just wanted to go out there and win it for the fans. The outcome of the game is the outcome we wanted. For right now, we just want to keep moving forward and racking up these wins.”

Lennard Freeman, Forward

(On the team staying focused)

“We just got to stay focused. We are still learning and getting better. We just got to have the same focus and bring the same intensity every game. If we can do that, we can beat anybody.”

Torin Dorn, Guard

(On taking momentum into the rest of conference play)

“It definitely helps, and we can use this as momentum, like you said, to string some wins together and get this thing turned around. I was just saying to the guys that’s the kind of focus we need to have every game, not just when it’s at home or against Duke. If we have that same focus every game, we will be fine.”

Omer Yurtseven, Center

(On matching up against Marvin Bagley III)

“He is really talented, and I just focused on playing my game and showing everybody that I can play on the same level as him.”

Omer Yurtseven, Center

(On his assertiveness in the game)

“I would say it was one of my best games. I just rose and responded to the challenge.”

Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski

(Opening Statement)

“Congratulations to Kevin, his staff, and his team, and NC State fans. They played great right from the start, and to come back after I know they had two disappointing performances and really played with an incredible nerve and experience. I thought it started with their big guys. Their big guys were very strong and physical in a really good way, and their veterans Dorn and (Lennard) Freeman played like men, which they are. And we played young, which we are. I thought they played with a lot of poise. We started out well, I think we had an 11-point lead. Then we just started taking jump shots and just made some really foolish mistakes and all the sudden lost the lead. We did the same thing against Florida State, but we were able to come back from it. We did not play with much poise. We were frantic, and I thought they made us that way. Obviously, they deserve to win. My hat’s off to them for turning that around. Kevin and his staff, when a squad does, that even though they beat you. We are a very young team, and we’re not deep, and we haven’t played much in this last month. So that a Boston College loss, and they were very good, All of the sudden, there is an exam break, and then there is one game against Evansville, and then there’s a Christmas break, and then we played well against Florida State. Basically, we played three games in a month, and the reality of the continuity of what you have to bring every day is not there yet. It’s not there, and I hope I’m making sense to you, but we’ve had one job a week, three jobs in a month, and you have to come to work every day. If you’re an injury-riddled team, then that’s a good thing, but if you’re trying to develop toughness and togetherness that’s not a good formula, and it showed tonight. I am disappointed in all of us, me, my staff, and the team, in not being able to figure that out yet, but we have to figure that out.”

 

Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski

(On NC State’s rebounding improvement during the game)

“I just think they were persistent. We may have won the first couple rounds or

whatever, but they were still fighting. Look, they’ve gone through a lot, those big guys, so if they see us getting a little bit tired or not approaching it for a certain amount of time, they’re going to take advantage of that, and they did. That’s what our guys have to

understand, when they’re 18 and 19 years old, but they’re playing against

guys who have played, have lost, have won, have been hurt, and we’re their

opportunity. They’ve never experienced anything like that where a team that you see on

tape is not the team that shows up against you. We have to be able to handle that, but

again, State was really good. They were really good, and we weren’t able to handle that.”

 

Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski

(On what has to happen for Duke to get more production from the bench)
“Older players. Guys who get older real quick. We don’t have a deep bench. With Marques (Bolden) out, and that’s not an excuse for tonight. I’m not saying that. It’d be good to have him, but our top seven players, four of them are big guys. That creates a different dynamic. Alex (O’Connell) has got to play better. He came in, and I though he was real nervous tonight. That happens when you’re trying to grow.”

 

Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski

(On what needs to change with the defense)

“To keep working. What answer would you want me to say? To keep working at it. It’s pretty simple.”

 

Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski

(On NC State having bigs come off the bench and provide valuable minutes)

“He’s developed a good rotation there. We’re trying to do that with Marques (Bolden). All three of his guys played well tonight. I mean really well tonight. They outplayed us. Some of this stuff isn’t hard. We got beat. It’s not like some altruistic thing here or the world is going to change. We played crappy defense. We were frantic. They played their butts off. We’ve got to get better. To me, it’s that simple. Now, the process of getting there, that’s what we have to figure out. For the most part, we’ve been able to do that, and hopefully we’ll be able to do that again. If we don’t, then you’re going to see us lose again, and then you’ll ask if we’re working on our defense, and I’ll tell you that we are working on our defense but it’s not working. This isn’t really that complicated.”

 

Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski

(On if the press contributed to the turnovers)

“I don’t think their press…I thought when we broke the press, we didn’t have poise and finishing. The turnovers hardly ever occurred at the initial point of their press. Normally, we would want someone to speed us up because we can score. Our decision making after we broke it was not good. That’s what produced the turnovers: poise at that time. We turned it over a lot.”

 

Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski

(On Marques Bolden’s status)

“The reason that we didn’t put anything out today, he had a number one MCL sprain, which is the lowest. Jack (White) fell into his leg early in the week, and he’s actually making good progress. We weren’t sure until today if he was going to be able to play. We didn’t feel comfortable enough for it. Hopefully, he’ll be back next week. Now that it’s out there, we’re not trying to hide anything. We just thought he’d be ready. Why put something out and then say, “Oh, he’s okay.’ At the shoot around today, we told the TV people that he wasn’t going to play. Hopefully he’ll get well here in the next week.”

 

Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski

(On Grayson Allen’s struggle to get involved)

“Grayson didn’t play well. Bottom line. He’s played real well, but in our two losses, he didn’t play well. We need him to play well all the time or be strong all the time. Again, I’m not blaming it on him. I’m just saying when it’s not there, you know it’s not there, and it hurts you in every way. This group only has one veteran like that. Again, that’s why the youth can show more if that one veteran is having a human night where it’s not good. His impact on our team is huge on this group, to be steady, to be him. Again, they’re doing stuff to not make him him. When I say that, it all starts with them (NC State) playing well and really hard. They played really hard. Again, congratulations to them.”

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NC State Wolfpack knocks off second-ranked Duke, 96-85 http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/07/nc-state-wolfpack-knocks-off-second-ranked-duke-96-85/ Sun, 07 Jan 2018 13:52:46 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8298 Raleigh, NC – For the second time this season, the NC State men’s basketball team knocked off the nation’s second-ranked team as the Wolfpack downed No. 2 Duke 96-85 Saturday night inside PNC Arena. It was the first time in program history that…

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Raleigh, NC – For the second time this season, the NC State men’s basketball team knocked off the nation’s second-ranked team as the Wolfpack downed No. 2 Duke 96-85 Saturday night inside PNC Arena.

It was the first time in program history that NC State has beaten two teams ranked No. 2 or higher in the regular season.

In head coach Kevin Keatts’ first ACC win and NC State’s first ACC win of the season, Omer Yurtseven and Torin Dorn each finished with 16 points to lead the Pack in scoring. Yurtseven tied his career high in field goals made with eight, while also finishing with nine rebounds to lead NC State on the boards. Allerik Freeman added 15 points, five rebounds and had a career-high five assists. Freeman was also perfect from the free-throw line, knocking down all seven of his attempts.

Rounding out the Wolfpack’s balanced attack was Braxton Beverly who chipped in 14 points, Lennard Freeman who was a tower of strength inside with 13, and Abdul-Malik Abu who contributed 10. Lavar Batts, Jr. also provided a spark off the bench as he added a career-high five assists and grabbed four rebounds.

NC State’s bench was pivotal in the win as it outscored Duke’s bench, 25-4. The Wolfpack’s defensive pressure created 22 points off turnovers and the squad had 20 second chance points. The Pack also shut down the Blue Devils’ three-point attack as Duke was held to just 20 percent shooting from behind the arc. The Wolfpack also had the advantage on the boards, out-rebounding Duke, 34-32. Free throw shooting was also key to NC State’s win, as it converted on 23-of-25 attempts for 92 percent.

NC State players huddle before the free throw.<br><i>photo by Gene Galin</i>Tonight’s win was a case of déjà vu for NC State as the last time Duke entered PNC Arena ranked No. 2 (Jan. 15, 2015) the Wolfpack prevailed, 87-75. It also marked the first time since 1995 NC State has defeated Duke in back-to-back games.

NC State has now defeated Duke the last four times the Blue Devils have come to PNC Arena ranked first or second in the associated press poll.

Duke led in the early stages of the game, but NC State took the lead with 7:29 on the clock thanks to a 12-0 run capped off by a Sam Hunt three-pointer from the left corner to take the lead, 28-27.

The remainder of the half was a back-and-forth battle. Yurtseven closed out his 10-point, six rebound first half with an emphatic two-handed put-back dunk to give NC State a 43-41 lead going into halftime.

Dorn came out of halftime and set the tone for what was a 12-point half early; he banked in a turnaround jump shot high off the glass giving NC State a 45-41 lead with 19:36 on the clock and the Wolfpack never looked back.

While Duke narrowed the margin to three points, 61-58, with 12:56 remaining in the half the Wolfpack remained composed down the stretch. A pick ‘n’ roll between Allerik Freeman and Abu resulting in a thunderous Abu dunk to put NC State ahead by seven with 9:42 remaining, however Duke brought cut it to a three-point game with just 3:59 remaining.

Beverly and Dorn’s hot shooting late in the game ensured Duke did not cut into the score any further. Beverly knocked down a timely three-pointer with 2:46 left to play to which Duke answered with a pair of Marvin Bagley III free throws. 

Dorn’s three with 2:02 on the clock followed by another pair of Beverly free throws with 1:47 saw the lead grow to nine, putting the game all but out of reach for Duke. Batts, Jr., iced the game with a pair of free throws of his own with 0:40 seconds left in the game giving NC State an 11-point lead and the 96-85 victory.

Up Next: NC State returns to action on Thursday, Jan. 11, when it takes on the Clemson Tigers (14-1, 3-0) at home. The game is scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN.

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NC State Wolfpack heads to Notre Dame for Wednesday night game http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/03/nc-state-wolfpack-heads-notre-dame-wednesday-night-contest/ Wed, 03 Jan 2018 22:56:51 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8255 Raleigh, NC – The NC State men’s basketball team (10-4, 0-1) continues ACC play Wednesday evening as it travels to Indiana to face Notre Dame (11-3, 1-0). The game is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. and will be shown…

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Raleigh, NC – The NC State men’s basketball team (10-4, 0-1) continues ACC play Wednesday evening as it travels to Indiana to face Notre Dame (11-3, 1-0).

The game is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. and will be shown on the ACC Network. Tim Brando and Cory Alexander will have the call. Television affiliates carrying the game in North Carolina include: WBTV-CBS (Charlotte), WMYV-MyTV (Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point), WITN-NBC (Greenville-New Bern-Washington), WRAL-NBC (Raleigh-Durham) and WILM-Ind. (Wilmington). A complete list of nationwide affiliates showing the game can be found here: http://theacc.com/sports/2017/12/9/acc-network-mbb-180103a.aspx

Wolfpack fans can also listen on Wolfpack Sports Network with Tony Haynes and Chucky Brown calling the action.

Notre Dame leads the all-time series with the Pack, 6-4, but all four of NC State’s wins in the series have come in the state of Indiana. The Pack is 3-2 all-time at Notre Dame and also has defeated the Fighting Irish in a neutral site game in Indianapolis.

Pack Tracks

NC State opened ACC play on Saturday, falling at Clemson, 78-62. The Pack led for a majority of the first 15 minutes of the game, but the Tigers ended the first half on a 13-2 run to take a nine-point lead into halftime and NC State could never get closer than six points in the second half. Braxton Beverly led the Pack with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while Omer Yurtseven added 12 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season. Yurtseven also tied his career-high with five blocks. 

Welcome to the ACC, Coach Keatts: In his first season as head coach of the Pack, Kevin Keatts is getting a quick look at how tough the ACC gauntlet can be. His NC State team is opening the ACC schedule with two road games, the first Pack team since 2007-08 to start ACC play with consecutive road games and the Pack’s ACC home-opener on Saturday is against preseason favorite Duke. In addition, four of the Pack’s first five ACC games are against teams that start the New Year ranked in the top-15 in the RPI. (vs. Duke (1), home/away Clemson (14) and at Virginia (15)). 

NC State has scored in 100+ three times this season, the most since doing it four times in the 1995-96 season. The Pack has defeated Jacksonville, 116-64, VMI, 102-67, & South Carolina State, 103-71.

Freshman Braxton Beverly Shining in Freshman Season

– Freshman guard Braxton Beverly has seen his production go up as the Hazard, Ky. native has gotten more comfortable playing at the college level this season. Beverly wasn’t cleared to play for NC State this season until Tuesday, Nov. 14 after initially being declared ineligible by the NCAA.

– Beverly currently ranks second in the ACC with a 3.06 assist-to-turnover ratio. The freshman guard has had only one game this season with more turnovers than assists and has had one turnover or fewer in eight of the 12 games he’s played in this season.

– After only having 10 assists in the first six games of the season (1.7 per game), Beverly has 42 assists in the last six games (7.0 per game)

– For the season, Beverly is shooting 37.5 percent from three-point range, but he has been feast or famine from three-point range this season. He has not connected on a three-pointer in five of 12 games this season. In those five games he is a combined 0-for-14 from three-point range. Beverly has made multiple three-pointers in the other six games he has played on this season. In the seven games he’s made a three-pointer, he is averaging to hit 3.1 per game and is shooting 47.8% (22-for-46) from long-range. 

Shooting Success for Pack Trio

– NC State’s Torin Dorn, Lennard Freeman and Omer Yurtseven have all been efficient scorers for the Pack this season.
– Dorn is shooting 55.0 percent from the field this season (71-for-129) and has shot 50 percent or better in 9 of 14 games, including five of the last six games.
– Freeman is shooting 72.6 percent from the field this season (61-for-84) and has shot 50 percent or better in every game, but one this season. He has shot 16-for-21 (76.2%) in the last four games.

– Yurtseven is shooting 64.5 percent from the field this season (69-for-107) and has shot 50 percent or better in 12 of 14 games, including 11 consecutive games entering Wednesday’s contest at Notre Dame.

Constant Defensive Pressure leading to Opponent Turnovers

NC State head coach Kevin Keatts came to Raleigh promising that his program would pressure the opponents full court and create turnovers.

– The Pack has forced eight of its 14 opponents this season into 16+-turnovers. Four times, the Pack has forced opponents into 20 or more turnovers in a single game. The last NC State team to force opponents into 20 or more turnovers four times in a season was the 2009-10 team. The last seven NC State teams (2010-11 team through 2016-17 team) only twice forced opponents into 20 turnovers (2010-11 team forced East Carolina into 20 turnovers on 11/18/10 and 2016-17 team forced Virginia Tech into 20 turnovers on 1/4/17). In Keatts first four games at NC State, his teams forced opponents into 21 (VMI), 24 (Charleston Southern), 27 (Bryant) and 22 (Presbyterian) turnovers.
– The 27 turnovers NC State forced Bryant into on Nov. 14 are the most turnovers the Pack has forced an opponent to commit since Mount St. Mary’s had 27 on Nov. 22, 2002.

– In the first four games this season, the Pack forced its opponents into more turnovers than made field goals.

– In 14 games, the Pack has forced 229 turnovers. The 16.4 turnovers forced per game ranks tied for 42nd in NCAA Dl and are the second most forced turnovers by a team from the ACC.

– NC State recorded 14 steals in Tuesday’s win over Bryant. It’s the most steals in a game for NC State since the Pack had 16 steals in a win over Boston College on Jan. 19, 2012. It was a 192 game span between 14+-steal games for the Pack. NC State has 115 steals in 14 games this season, a mark that ranks third in the ACC and 37th overall in NCAA DI. 

Winning the Turnover Battle

Not only have the Pack been forcing turnovers, but they have been protecting the basketball, too. NC State has had 10 or fewer turnovers in six of its 14 games this season.

– The Pack is +55 in turnover margin. Pack has forced 220 turnovers and only turned it over themselves 160 times. +55 turnover margin is the second-best in the ACC.

– Major turnaround from last year’s team. Last season, NC State finished the season -67 in turnover margin, including -14 mark in non-conference games.

Healthy Freeman Becoming an Offensive Force

NC State senior Lennard Freeman had offseason leg surgery prior to the 2015-16 season and after playing through pain that season, elected to have offseason leg surgery again prior to the 2016-17 season and sat out the year to recover.  Now fully healthy, Freeman has started his senior season with an offensive outburst.

– A career 3.6 points per game average coming into the season, Freeman has reset his career-high three times this season and is averaging 12.1 points per game through 13 games. He opened the year with 15 points against VMI, had 20 against Bryant and then had 23 in the Pack’s win against Presbyterian.

– Freeman is shooting a team-best 72.6 percent from the field this season. Freeman would lead the ACC in field goal percentage, but falls short of the minimum number of field goal makes to rank among ACC leaders. To be listed you have to average 5 made field goals per game, Freeman has made 61 field goals in 14 games (average of 4.4 per game).

– The senior is connecting on 72.4 percent of his foul shots (42-of-58). The Washington D.C. native, entered this season a career 47.9 percent free throw shooter.

– In 103 career games coming into this season, Freeman had only scored in double figures six times, he’s scored in double figures in 8 of 14 games this season.

– Has already scored 157 points this season, the most points he has ever scored in a single season in his career.

– The game against Presbyterian on November 16 was the 107th career game in an NC State uniform for Freeman. It was the first time in those 107 games that Freeman led NC State in scoring. Freeman led the Pack in scoring for the second time in his career with 19 points in a 103-71 win over South Carolina State on Dec. 2.

– Freeman, who entered this season as a player best known for doing the gritty things that don’t show up in the box score, has also set career-highs with three steals and three blocks this season, both set against Presbyterian.

Bench Production

–  NC State’s bench is averaging to score 25.4 points per game this season. The Pack’s bench has outscored the opponents bench, 340-235 this year.

–  NC State’s bench has outscored the opponents bench in 10 of 14 games this season.

–  In the win over No. 2 Arizona at the Battle 4 Atlantis, NC State’s bench outscored Arizona’s, 39-6. Braxton Beverly had 20 points off-the-bench for the Pack in the win, while Omer Yurtseven had 11 points and a team-best nine rebounds.

–  In the game against Northern Iowa, NC State’s bench outscored the Panther’s, 30-2. Yurtseven led the team in points (17) and rebounds (13) in the game against UNI.

–  Against Penn State, NC State’s bench outscored the Nittany Lions, 39-9. The Pack’s bench consisting of Yurtseven, Sam Hunt and Lavar Batts, Jr., combined to shoot 12-for-15 from the field (80 percent), including 9-for-10 from three-point range.

Abu Climbing NC State Career Charts

–  NC State senior forward Abdul-Malik Abu is steadily climbing the NC State career record book. The Boston, Mass., native entered the season with over 1,000 career points and is aiming to become the first player since Todd Fuller from 1993-96 to lead the program in rebounding for three consecutive seasons.

–  Abu currently sits in 45th place on the NC State career scoring chart, 19th on the program’s career rebounding list and fifth on the Pack’s career offensive rebound rankings.

Pack Rewriting NC State/PNC Arena Record Books in Kevin Keatts First Season

–  NC State has already broke three PNC Arena records and one program record in the first few months of the Kevin Keatts era. This season marks the 19th season NC State has called PNC Arena home. The arena opened on October 29, 1999.

–  NC State’s 116 points against Jacksonville on Dec. 22 is the most in PNC Arena history. (Previous mark was 113 set by UNC-Chapel Hill against Mount St. Mary’s on March 21, 2008.) It is the most points in a game for NC State since defeating UNC Asheville, 120-71, on Dec. 20, 1995.

–  NC State’s 19 three-pointers against Jacksonville on Dec. 22 are the most in PNC Arena history and the most in program history. The previous high in PNC Arena was 17 three-pointers by ECU on Nov. 15, 2011 against Northwestern. The previous program high was 18 against Florida State on Feb. 10, 1992.

–  NC State’s 31 assists against South Carolina State on Dec. 2 are the most in PNC Arena history. The previous high was 28 set twice prior to this season. The Pack had 28 assists in the win over Jacksonville on Dec. 22. In two of the first nine games at PNC Arena in the Kevin Keatts era, the Pack had the most and tied-for-second most assists in a game in the 19-year old arena.

–  NC State’s 52-point win over Jacksonville on Dec. 22 (116-64) is the second-largest margin of victory in PNC Arena history (55; NC State 99-44 over Campbell on Nov. 26, 2004 is largest). It’s the largest margin of victory for NC State since Dec. 1, 1998 vs. Army (+61, 94-33).

–  NC State forced Bryant into 27 turnovers on Nov. 14. It ranks as the third-most turnovers in a game in PNC Arena history. It’s the most turnovers the Pack has forced an opponent to commit since Mount St. Mary’s had 27 on Nov. 22, 2002.

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Fees for North Carolina DMV administrative hearings to begin in January http://chathamjournal.com/2018/01/02/fees-north-carolina-dmv-administrative-hearings-begin-january/ Tue, 02 Jan 2018 17:27:37 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8245 Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will start collecting the state-mandated fees for administrative hearings beginning Jan. 1. This legislation affects 19 administrative hearing types that review the revocation or suspension of vehicle license plates and…

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Raleigh, NC – The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will start collecting the state-mandated fees for administrative hearings beginning Jan. 1.

This legislation affects 19 administrative hearing types that review the revocation or suspension of vehicle license plates and licenses for drivers, inspection stations, automotive dealers and mechanics. There are no fees for medical hearings.

nc driver licensesNCDMV will notify eligible customers by mail on how to request a hearing, applicable fees and deadlines for submitting a request. Most hearings will be scheduled when the request is submitted in writing and the fees are paid in full. A waiver of fees is available for applicants who meet certain household income criteria.

For more information on the administrative hearings process and a list of fees, visit the DMV website at MyNCDMV.gov.

As directed by the N.C. General Assembly, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will collect fees for administrative hearings requested on or after Jan. 1, 2018, for requests to reinstate:

  • A revoked or suspended driver
  • A revoked plate as a result of not having liability insurance
  • An operator license for an inspection station, automotive dealer or mechanic

There are no fees for medical hearings.

NCDMV will notify a driver by mail of their eligibility for a hearing as well as information about associated fees and the deadline for submitting requests.

Requesting a Hearing

A driver or vehicle owner requesting a hearing must mail a completed administrative hearing form – along with the applicable fee – to the address on the appropriate form. (Requests without the paid fee will not be processed.)

NCDMV will notify an applicant of their hearing date within 30 business days.

Forms

Hearing Type Form
  • Driver license
  • Ignition interlock
  • Automotive dealers
  • State inspections
  • Franchise dealer disputes

Driver License Hearing Request Form (HF-001)

  • Liability insurance

Liability Insurance Hearing Request Form (HF-002)

  • Expedited liability insurance for commercial vehicles

Liability Hearing Expedited Request Form for Commercial Vehicles (HF-003)

Payments & Fees

Unless otherwise indicated in the tables below, applicants must pay administrative hearing fees at the time they request an administrative hearing.

NCDMV does not process hearing requests without the applicable fee paid in full.

Waived Hearing Fees

NCDMV waives administrative hearing fees for applicants who meet household income criteria and have submitted an Affidavit of Indigence with their written hearing request. (The form is also available in Spanish.)

Automotive Dealer-Franchise Case Hearings

Hearing Fee
Dealer court filing $600
Court motion $600

Automotive Dealers and State Inspection Hearings

Hearing Fee
Mechanic license or inspection station license $200
Motor vehicle dealer license or salesman license $200 (billed after hearing)

Driver License Hearings

Fees for hearings related to driver licenses can also be paid at any NCDMV driver license location.

Hearing Fee
Driver improvement clinic eligibility $40
Commercial driver license disqualification $200
Violation of Safety and Financial Responsibility Law $200
Compliance with probation or restoration agreement $220 (billed after hearing)
Pre-interview held before license restoration (situations involving alcohol-related convictions, suspensions or revocations) $225
License restoration (DWI) $425
License restoration for driving with revoked license $200
License restoration for moving violations while driving with a revoked license $200
Refusal to submit to chemical analysis $450
Alcohol concentration restriction violation $450
Ignition interlock device restriction violation $450 (billed after hearing)
License suspensions or revocations not otherwise listed to include those found in G.S. 20-13 and G.S 20-16 $100

Ignition Interlock Hearings

Hearing Fee
Ignition interlock medical accommodation review $70
Ignition interlock mouth contaminant review $75

Liability Insurance Hearings

Hearing Fee
Vehicle insurance lapse $60

Other Administrative Hearings

Hearing Fee
Commercial driver training school $200
Denial of DMV services $50

Cancellation Policy

To cancel a hearing, complete the appropriate cancellation form below and mail or fax as indicated on the form.

Cancellation requests must be postmarked at least 10 business days prior to the date of the scheduled hearing to receive a partial refund.

NCDMV does not issue refunds for franchise dealer hearings.

Hearing Type Form
  • Driver license
  • Ignition interlock
  • Automotive dealers
  • State inspections
  • Franchise dealer disputes

Driver License Hearing Cancellation Form (HF-004)

Liability insurance

Liability Insurance Hearing Cancellation Form (HF-005)

Expedited liability insurance for commercial vehicles

Expedited Liability Insurance Hearing Cancellation Form for Motor Carriers (HF-006)

 

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Lennard Freeman’s career-high 23 points propel Wolfpack to 68-68 defeat of Presbyterian http://chathamjournal.com/2017/11/17/lennard-freemans-career-high-23-points-propel-wolfpack-68-68-defeat-presbyterian/ Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:30:52 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8146 Raleigh, NC – Another dominant performance inside from Lennard Freeman led NC State to an 86-68 victory over Presbyterian Thursday night at PNC Arena. The Wolfpack moved to 4-0 in its first season under head coach Kevin Keatts. NC State’s defensive pressure caused Presbyterian…

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Raleigh, NC – Another dominant performance inside from Lennard Freeman led NC State to an 86-68 victory over Presbyterian Thursday night at PNC Arena. The Wolfpack moved to 4-0 in its first season under head coach Kevin Keatts.

NC State’s defensive pressure caused Presbyterian to cough it up 22 times, making it the fourth-consecutive game the Wolfpack’s opponents have finished with 20 or more turnovers. NC State took care of the ball effectively as it finished with a 2:1 assist-to-turnover ratio with 16 assists to just eight turnovers.

Lennard Freeman was unstoppable in the paint, leading five double-digit NC State scorers with a career-high 23 points on an efficient 9-of-12 from the field and 5-6 from the free throw line. Tonight’s game marked the third time this season Freeman has reset his career-high. He previously set his career-hight in points this season with 15 against VMI, then had 20 against Bryant and then 23 tonight. Freeman also made his presence felt on the defensive end, recording career-highs in both blocked shots and steals with three.

Torin Dorn led the Wolfpack in rebounding with a season-high nine board, while Markell Johnson led the team in assists, for the fourth consecutive game with seven, and steals with four.

Dorn added 18 points along with a career-high four assists, Allerik Freeman chipped in 12 points and Omer Yurtseven finished with 11 points on a season-high five made field goals on seven attempts. Markell Johnson had 10 points to round out a balanced attack for the Wolfpack.

While NC State came out with the win, Presbyterian made the Wolfpack work for it as they went into the half with a 44-36 lead. The Blue Hose turned the ball over only seven times in the first half, fewest for an NC State opponent in a half this season, while also shooting 60 percent in the first half to go into the locker room with an eight-point advantage.

The Pack turned up the defensive pressure in the second half, forcing Presbyterian into 15 turnovers in the final 20 minutes. NC State re-took the lead with 13:34 left to play on a Dorn layup and never looked back as the Pack never trailed again.

After shooting 60 percent from the field and turning the ball over only seven times in the first half, the Blue Hose shot 31.6 percent in the second half and turned it over 15 times. In the final 20 minutes, Presbyterian only had six made field goals.

For the season, NC State has now forced its opponents into 94 turnovers. For the third time in four games, the Pack had less than 10 turnovers in a game as NC State finished the game against Presbyterian with eight.

NC State flexed its muscle down low as Freeman and Yurtseven combined to shoot 14-of-19 from the field and helped the Pack to a 56-32 advantage in points in the paint. 

After four games in seven days, the Pack now has five days until its next contest. NC State returns to the hardwood Wednesday when it faces third-ranked Arizona in the first round of the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis held on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. The game will tipoff at 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN3.

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NC State 95 vs Bryant 72 basketball post game comments http://chathamjournal.com/2017/11/15/nc-state-95-vs-bryant-72-basketball-post-game-comments/ Wed, 15 Nov 2017 20:41:46 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8141 Raleigh, NC – Here are the NC State vs Bryant basketball game post game comments. NC State Head Coach Kevin Keatts Opening Statement: “What a good night for us because I think we learned a lot from tonight. We had…

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Raleigh, NC – Here are the NC State vs Bryant basketball game post game comments.

NC State Head Coach Kevin Keatts

Opening Statement:

“What a good night for us because I think we learned a lot from tonight. We had some adversity early where I thought Bryant came out and did a great job pushing the pace and made some shots early, and we got behind. I’ve been telling these guys all along that in order to be a great pressing team, you’ve got to have some come-from-behind victories. Obviously, we did a great job at the end of the half, closing the half, and I thought our press was really good. You know we forced those guys, which was really four guards, into 27 turnovers. We had 14 steals ourselves. We played very unselfish basketball when you look at it, 15 assists on 36 made field goals. The way we play for our guys just to have 7 turnovers was really good for our program, and we’re moving in the right direction, so very positive game for us. We can take a lot from it. I’m excited about this team. I felt like we took a big step forward especially on the defensive end. When you look at it, I told the guys in the locker room, they took 52 shots, and we were able to get 79 shots up because of our press and with our deflects and the steals that we had. (I’m) very, very excited to have Braxton Beverly. I kind of put him in a tough spot. So you guys will understand, I’ll give you how this thing worked. I got a phone call from our compliance department that said that Braxton would be eligible. It was around five, I would say a little close to five, I don’t know the exact time. I called Braxton. He thought it was an April Fools joke. He was like, ‘Really?’ And I was like, “Yeah, go get your uniform. Put your uniform on.’ Now, I had been telling KB (Kirk Brown), our equipment manager, to bring his uniform for every game because I’m a smart coach because I knew that the NCAA would do the right thing, and I’m very grateful for those guys. Obviously, they came to this decision and giving him the opportunity and (I’m) excited about him. With that being said, he and I walked in here, and one thing I told him was, I said, “If I got cleared about 5:15 or 5:30, and I played a game at 7:00, I probably would have had 30 points.” Which makes me a little bit better player than Braxton right now. (He was) a little nervous, and rightfully so. I put him in a tough spot, meaning that I could’ve waited and probably played him on Thursday, but I was so excited. I wanted to see him out there and (I’m) glad to have him out there. I thought he did a good job. The other guys have been able to get some first game jitters out of the way, when you talk about a scrimmage and an exhibition and a couple games, and this was his first college game. I’m excited about him. I’m going to turn it over because I know you guys may have some questions for him.”

Guard Braxton Beverly
(On finding out he was eligible and was going to play)

“Like he (Coach Keatts) said, when he called me, I didn’t believe it at first. I was like, ‘Don’t start playing with me. Don’t get me excited for no reason.’ It was really great to finally get out there and play my first game. Like he said, (I shot) one-for-seven, got the first game jitters, first college game, but overall, I’m really happy I’m finally out there.”

Head Coach Kevin Keatts
(On additional information that led to the NCAA’s new decision”

“He has no idea what the new information was. I think his lawyer handled most of that stuff. A lot of the stuff was behind the scenes, and even myself, I don’t know. We’re just grateful that it happened.”

Guard Braxton Beverly
(On the fans’ reaction to him playing)

“I was very excited. The first two games here, I’ve seen signs and posters and everybody yelling “Free Braxton,” and finally I’m free. I saw a poster that said “They finally let him go,” and it was a great feeling. (I’m) playing for such a great fan base. I’m finally playing in college and have my first game. To have that support, it’s amazing.”

Guard Braxton Beverly
(On fan support)

“It’s been unbelievable. Everything going on social media, everything I read was nothing but great stuff like how they’re going to have my back and, no matter the outcome, they’re always going to pull for me and root for me, so it’s really great to have that.”

Guard Braxton Beverly

(On his mental outlook through the process)

“I had to maintain hope if I was going to keep pushing forward. The biggest thing I tried to do, the first two times I didn’t get the decision I wanted, but I was just trying to take the positive out of the negative situations and use each day to continue to get better and mature and get ready for this moment.”

Guard Braxton Beverly

(On the reaction from his teammates)

“They were as shocked as I was. When I came in and told them, they kind of looked around and were like, ‘We play in like an hour, and they just now told you?’ I said, “Yeah, that’s the news I got.’ So they were going crazy in the locker room for me, so it was great.”

Head Coach Kevin Keatts

(On Beverly’s readiness to play on short notice)

He had no idea actually about the scout report either. He was on the scout team. He’s been on the scout team running. He was Bryant’s best player for the last couple days. It’s amazing. I’m excited for him. Obviously, this young man’s worked extremely hard. With my background being at Hargrave Military Academy, knowing that a kid went there as a senior and then he went there as a post-grad, he spent two years there. I’m excited for him. What a great kid. He deserved it. Like I said, I really appreciate the NCAA taking another look at it and giving him this opportunity.”

Head Coach Kevin Keatts
(On the message to his team after a rough start)
“Just stick together. It’s funny. In basketball, for whatever reason, you never lead the games from beginning to end, and what I told those guys  (was), ‘Stick together. They (Bryant) made a run, (and) certainly we’ll have our run.’ I thought Bryant came out with a lot of energy. They played well. They made shots early, and I just told my guys to just stay the course. A lot of times, when someone gets a lead on you, you can take bad shots, and the lead will increase, but I thought our guys stayed focused, and obviously once we started playing, we were able to get into our presses, and I think our press was the difference.”

Head Coach Kevin Keatts
(On Lennard Freeman’s performance)
“He’s big and strong and physical around the basket, and from the time that I’ve taken the job, I’ve really concentrated on him scoring with his back to the basket. There are not a lot of guys that have the size that he has. He’s becoming a really good post player for us. He’ll have an important year and an important role for us. I’m happy for him. I think he had a career night, obviously, with 20 points. He’s a guy we feel comfortable throwing the ball inside to.”

Head Coach Kevin Keatts
(On Torin Dorn’s role)
“I feel like when I first took the job, he was someone who could be really special in the system because he’s got the ability to score inside and out. I thought he did a really good job kind of mixing this game up. He was very aggressive getting to the paint, finishing around the rim, and I thought he had a really good game. He was effective in every way, got some deflections, did a great job on the defensive end.”

Head Coach Kevin Keatts
(On where he sees Braxton Beverly fitting into the rotation)

“I’ve got two young guys that I think are going to be really good basketball players in an NC State uniform. We talk about Lavar (Batts, Jr.) and we talk about Braxton, and I’m able to now not have to play Al (Allerik Freeman) and Sam (Hunt) and Markell (Johnson) so many minutes, where I could bring those guys along slowly. They give us depth, and Braxton will be fine. You’ll see a different Braxton Beverly as he gets a couple games under his belt. He can make shots and run the team also.”

Head Coach Kevin Keatts
(On the busy schedule to start the season)

“I kind of like it. It’s weird. I walked in the other day, and I was like, ‘Man, I was just here yesterday.’ I think this playing every other day will help us in the future in some type of tournament down the road because we’ll be battle tested because we’ve been able to play every other day.”

Head Coach Kevin Keatts
(On Abdul-Malik Abu’s progress)

“Malik’s coming along. We’re still running. We’re taking shots with him now. He’s starting to move a little bit (more) effective. I don’t have a time frame for when he’s going to play, but he is getting better.”

Guard Torin Dorn

(On his dunk)

“I just go out and play. Honestly, I saw the defense. My man was up high, and me and Markell made eye contact, and he made an amazing pass. I just jumped, and the rest is history.

Guard Torin Dorn

(On the teams playing style)

“It fits me a lot. I think I can drive and attack and get to the basket and just play aggressive. The space, the floor being so open, it creates a lot of space, a lot of driving lanes.”

Guard Torin Dorn

(On getting off to a shaky start)

“They started off six-for-six. They were making some tough shots. They’ve been off since Friday. We’ve played two games back to back. Give it up to those guys. They just made those shots early. When you’re a pressing team and a trapping team you have to stay the course, and we were able to turn up the pressure defensively.”

Guard Torin Dorn

(On finding out Braxton Beverly would be eligible to play)

“We found out right before the game. I was in the hot tub before the game, and they walked in and said Braxton was cleared, and we all just kind of jumped on him and embraced him. We were really happy for him. Honestly, I had no clue. We are not even worrying about it.  We were just focusing on the game, and we were just surprised really.”

Guard Torin Dorn

(On how much he likes the press)

“Its good. I think that the pressure causes problems for the offense and gives us easy points and easy buckets.”

Guard Torin Dorn

(On trusting the press)

“When you turn teams over and you are able to push tempo, there are always going be times when you can come back and play to the lead. We should never get flustered after we go down ten or down 20 for that matter. With the press, we are always able to come back and chip into leads.”

Guard Torin Dorn

(On what the team has to work on)

“There are always things we can work on. They scored, how many, 72 points? We didn’t hold them to zero, so there are always things we can work on, but it feels good sitting at 3-0.”

Forward Lennard Freeman

(On his performance tonight)

“We came out, we played hard, that’s really it. I played hard. The baskets were falling for me. I still think I have to do better defensively, but it was a great team win. I just so happened to score more than I usually score, but I still have a long way to go.”

Forward Lennard Freeman

(On the moment when Braxton Beverly checked in)

“It was crazy. I knew our fans were going to go crazy as soon as he went in. I didn’t even see him check in, but once I heard the crowd start going crazy, I was like, ‘Yeah, that must be Brax checking in right now.’ It’s great to see him out there. I’m happy for him. Everyone’s happy for him.”

Forward Lennard Freeman

(On when the team found out Braxton Beverly could play)

“We didn’t even know, honestly. We didn’t know until probably when we got to PNC to go out on the court. He came in and was getting taped. He was like, ‘I’m getting ready to play.’ We didn’t know until about an hour before the game.”

Forward Lennard Freeman

(On staying calm through a slow start)

“That’s just how we play with the presses and everything. When you get down, (with) the way we press, we can score quick baskets like that. When we got down, Coach Keatts just said to stay the course, just chip away. That’s what happened. With our press, we turned them over a little bit, fought back, and won the game by a lot.”

Forward Lennard Freeman

(On if the team was looking for him to score)

“That was the game plan. Coach Keatts said to play bully ball. We’re bigger than them, so try to go inside, play inside-out, and don’t force them in there. Shooters can get open, and if they don’t dig down, we go to work. That was the main thing, just playing inside-out.”

Forward Lennard Freeman

(On Coach Keatts’s enthusiasm)

“That’s what I love about Coach Keatts. In practice, he’s working out with us sometimes. He’s into it just as much as we’re into it. When he’s out there, it feels like we have a sixth defender out there. He’s on the sidelines screaming and yelling. I love it.”

Forward Lennard Freeman

(On how thankful he is)

“Life’s so great right now. I’m feeling good. We’re 3-0, and school is good. Everything’s going great right now. 2017 is a good year.”

Forward Lennard Freeman

(On what a good stat line means to him)

“I’m not even going to lie. Honestly, I didn’t even know I had 20 (points) until I came out of the game. I was just out there playing. It was a good performance. I’m just glad we got the win. It would’ve been a waste if I’d had 20 points and we lost, so I’m just happy we won out there.”

Forward Lennard Freeman

(On Torin Dorn’s dunking)

“Torin didn’t even know he had that in him. That’s the dunk of the year so far. When he did that, that definitely got us rolling. He didn’t even know it. That’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”

Forward Lennard Freeman

(On how much fun he’s having)

“After sitting out last year, everything is fun. The bus ride here is fun. Warming up is fun. Everything’s fun. I’m glad to be out here, glad to be a part of this team. It’s going to be a great experience.”

Forward Lennard Freeman

(On his career high scoring performance)

“I score every now and then. It’s just the way we play, gets the bigs a little bit more involved. When we play, everyone shares the ball. Any given night can be anybody’s day. Today was just my day.”

Forward Lennard Freeman

(On being compared to T.J. Warren)

“Let’s not get carried away. There’s only one Tony Buckets.”

Forward Lennard Freeman

(On what he’s passing on to Darius Hicks)

“The coaches just always tell me to tell him a little bit about everything. (I) just give him a little bit of wisdom and some stuff that I’ve learned. I just tell him to go hard, be aggressive. He’s like me in my freshman and sophomore years. I wasn’t as aggressive.”

Forward Darius Hicks
(On turning the game around after a slow start)
“I honestly don’t know why we came out sluggish, really. When we started picking it up on defense and started making little plays and 50-50 balls, that really got us energetic and got us in the game.”

Forward Darius Hicks

(On causing multiple turnovers with the press)
“Its fun. When you start turning it over, its real fun. We have a variety of different presses. It just depends on what Coach Keats calls. We just mainly try to get the first ball handler and get the ball out of his hands really quick.”

Forward Darius Hicks
(On being able to play with Braxton Beverly)

“That was really exciting because that’s one of my brothers. He’s been working so hard and stuck with it when the NCAA hit him with the deny and appeal. He stayed with it and stayed positive. It’s really good to see him out there.”

Bryant Head Coach Tim O’Shea

Opening Statement:

“We talked about it at the end of the game. We had to do a good job with our turnovers, and obviously we had that stretch where we did a very poor job, and we’ve got very good guards, but that’s NC State’s game. I thought we played really well for periods of time, but we just couldn’t sustain it, and our problem was the turnovers. When you look at our shooting percentage, we shot the three well. The second half, we got better handling the ball, but the first half we had that stretch I had to use three of our four timeouts in the first half. That’s something we’re going to learn from. We’ve got a relatively young team with the freshmen and sophomores, so I think this will help us down the line. When you play teams at this level and you’re on the road, you really have to play at the top of your game, and again, we couldn’t have asked for a better start.”

 

Bryant Head Coach Tim O’Shea

(On doing well against the press in the first half but not doing as well later in the game)

“Guys got a little hesitant. We wanted to enter the ball to what we call “on the rails”: enter it to the big and catch a handoff, which we did in the second half. We had no trouble. That’s what pressure does to you. I played for Gary Williams in college, and he was a big presser, defensive coach and Tom Davis back at Boston College in those days. Teams will get rattled at times, and our guys are young, a sophomore point guard, sophomore two-guard. (Ryan) Layman’s a freshman, and as soon as they made a run, and they do have some great athletes, they’re going to be a factor in the ACC with that athleticism. We had a bunch of turnovers, and that’s all I can say. We settled down, and I thought we did a pretty good job. We handled the ball and scored pretty well.”

 

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Career nights for Torin Dorn, Lennard Freeman lead Wolfpack past Bulldogs, 95-72 http://chathamjournal.com/2017/11/15/career-nights-torin-dorn-lennard-freeman-lead-wolfpack-past-bulldogs-95-72/ Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:55:57 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8138 Raleigh, NC – Torin Dorn and Lennard Freeman each posted career-high point totals as NC State took down the Bryant Bulldogs, 95-72, Tuesday night at PNC Arena. NC State moves to 3-0 on the year in the program’s first season under head coach Kevin Keatts. The Pack finished…

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Raleigh, NC – Torin Dorn and Lennard Freeman each posted career-high point totals as NC State took down the Bryant Bulldogs, 95-72, Tuesday night at PNC Arena. NC State moves to 3-0 on the year in the program’s first season under head coach Kevin Keatts.

The Pack finished with five players scoring in double figures. Dorn led all scorers with 26 points to tie his career-high, shooting 11-of-14 from the field. Freeman was the Pack’s second-leading scorer, going 8-of-11 from the floor and 4-of-5 from the free throw line for 20 points. Allerik Freeman added 15 points for NC State, while Markell Johnson notched his first-career double-double with 10 points and a career-best 11 assists.

Darius Hicks also had a career night, scoring in double digits for the first time in his career. The sophomore from Quitman, Miss. put up 10 points while grabbing a career-high five rebounds.

The Pack yielded a season-best +20 turnover margin, forcing the Bulldogs into 27 turnovers for the game while giving the ball up just seven times. It was the third-consecutive game that NC State forced its opponent into 20 or more turnovers. Bryant’s 27 turnovers tied for the third-highest mark in a single game in PNC Arena history and are the most opponent turnovers forced by NC State in PNC Arena since November 22, 2002.

The Wolfpack totaled 14 steals on the night, including four from Lavar Batts, Jr. and three from Allerik Freeman.

Bryant started the game on fire, going 9-of-9 from the field and 3-of-3 from beyond the arc to open up a 21-10 lead on the Wolfpack. NC State answered with an 11-0 run over 1:09 to tie it, 21-21, on a layup by Braxton Beverly. The Pack took its first lead of the game on two-straight made free throws by Hicks and never trailed again.

Fifteen of Dorn’s points came in the first half as the Charlotte, N.C. native shot 6-of-7 from the field. Lennard Freeman added 11 points in the first 20 minutes on 5-of-5 shooting. Johnson continued his role as the offense’s facilitator with seven assists in the first period. The Pack headed to the locker room with 50-40 advantage over the Bulldogs.

NC State continued to build on its lead in the second half, paced by an efficient 11-point, five-rebound performance from Dorn over the final 20 minutes. Lennard Freeman added nine points for the half, while all five of Batts’ points came in the second frame. The true freshman drew three fouls and went 5-of-6 from the line.

Less than two hours prior to the game, NC State learned that freshman guard Braxton Beverly had his waiver for immediate eligibility granted. Beverly played 16 minutes in his NC State, finishing with two points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist.

Up next, the Pack will host its fourth home game in seven days against the Presbyterian Blue Hose as part of the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis. Tipoff is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. inside PNC Arena.

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NC State Wolfpack Seeks 3-0 Start as Bryant visits PNC Arena http://chathamjournal.com/2017/11/14/nc-state-wolfpack-seeks-3-0-start-bryant-visits-pnc-arena/ Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:06:55 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8134 Raleigh, NC – The NC State men’s basketball team plays its third game in five days Tuesday evening as Bryant visits PNC Arena for a matchup with the Pack. The game is scheduled to tipoff at 7 p.m. and will…

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Raleigh, NC – The NC State men’s basketball team plays its third game in five days Tuesday evening as Bryant visits PNC Arena for a matchup with the Pack.

The game is scheduled to tipoff at 7 p.m. and will be shown on ACC Network Extra with Andrew Sanders and former Pack All-American Chris Corchiani on the call. Gary Hahn and Tony Haynes will call the action on the Wolfpack Sports Network.

Tickets for the game are still available by visiting GoPack.com/BuyTickets or call the ticket office at (919) 865-1510 to purchase tickets.

Pack Tracks
– NC State improved to 2-0 on the season with a 78-56 win over Charleston Southern on Sunday afternoon. For the second consecutive game, Allerik Freeman led the Pack in scoring with 18 points, while Markell Johnson added 12 points, nine assists and four steals. Also finishing in double figures scoring for the Pack, was Torin Dorn (14), Sam Hunt (11) and Omer Yurtseven (11).
– The Wolfpack has opened the season with a 35-point victory over VMI on Friday and a 22-point win over Charleston Southern on Sunday. It marks the first time since the 2005-06 season that NC State has opened the year with consecutive 20+-point wins.
– In the first two games of the season, NC State has forced more turnovers than the opponent has made field goals. VMI had 21 turnovers while connecting on 18 field goals, while Charleston Southern committed 24 turnovers and made 21 field goals.
– Prior to the two games this season, the Pack hadn’t forced an opponent into more turnovers than it had made field goals since Jan. 14, 2012 when Wake Forest had 16 field goals and 17 turnovers in a 76-40 NC State win.

Tuesday Storylines

–  NC State is seeking a 3-0 start for the third time in the last four seasons.

–  If the Pack wins the game by more than 20 points it would mark the first time since the 2004-05 season that NC State won its first three games of the season by 20+ points each time.

–  With two players sitting out as transfers, freshman guard Braxton Beverly not cleared and senior forward Abdul-Malik Abu and redshirt freshmen Spencer Newman out with injury, NC State will only dress nine players for the third consecutive game.

–  Forcing Opponent turnovers. With its constant defensive pressure, the Pack has forced 45 opponent turnovers this season. That is the most in two consecutive games dating back to at least the 2012-13 season.

NC State-Bryant Series 

–  Tuesday’s meeting will mark the first meeting ever between the two programs.

–  NC State has an all-time record of 9-1 against teams from the Northeast Conference.

–  The Pack will face another NEC foe later in the season when Robert Morris visits PNC Arena on Dec. 19.

Noting NC State’s Returning and Lost

– Senior forward Abdul-Malik Abu is NC State’s leading returning scorer (11.8 ppg.) and rebounder (7.0 rpg.). The Boston, Mass., native has led NC State in rebounding the last two seasons and is aiming to be the first NC State player to lead the Pack in rebounding in three consecutive seasons since Todd Fuller did it from 1993-96. Abu suffered a Grade 2 MCL Sprain in October and did not play in last week’s exhibition game against Mars Hill.

Torin Dorn (18 starts) and Omer Yurtseven (14 starts) also return for the Pack. Dorn averaged 9.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season as a sophomore, while Yurtseven added 5.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest.
–  NC State must replace its top three scorers from last season in Dennis Smith, Jr. (18.1), Terry Henderson (13.8) and Maverick Rowan (12.0). The Pack also lost the school’s all-time shot block leader in BeeJay Anya (243 career blocks). Smith, Jr., was named the ACC Freshman of the Year, the first Pack player to accomplish this feat since Hawkeye Whitney in 1977. Smith was selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the ninth pick of the NBA Draft. Henderson, after having his appeal denied to return to NC State, went through training camp with the Charlotte Hornets and is now on the Greensboro Swarm roster in the NBA G-League. Rowan was the third overall selection of the NBA G-League draft by the Lakeland Magic.

–  NC State joins Florida State and Pittsburgh as the only ACC teams to lose its top three scorers from last season.

Yurtseven Selected to Preseason Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Watch List 

NC State sophomore center Omer Yurtseven has been selected as one of 20 student-athletes to the preseason watch list for this year’s Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award. Yurtseven was also on the preseason list that honors the nation’s top center last season. A former five-star recruit, Yurtseven averaged 5.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game last season.

NC State Roster Breakdown

The Wolfpack’s 2017-18 roster features 14 players representing seven states, the District of Columbia and one player from outside the United State (Istanbul, Turkey).

– Six of the 14 players on the NC State roster hail from North Carolina. Alabama, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Ohio and Washington, D.C. all have one.

– NC State has six players listed on the roster at 6’7” or taller. Omer Yurtseven is the tallest player at 7’0” and Braxton Beverly is the shortest at 6’0”.

 

NC State Adds Four Signees in Fall Signing Period

– NC State signed four-star recruits Manny Bates, Saddiq Bey, Jericole Hellems and Ian Steere in the fall signing period. The four players will be freshmen on the 2018-19 NC State basketball team.

Manny Bates is regarded as one of the best shot blockers in the 2018 class. He plays for Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, N.C. where he is teammates with fellow signee Ian Steere.

Saddiq Bey hails from Washington D.C., where he plays for Sidwell Friends School. He averaged 14.2 points per game as a junior to lead Sidwell Friends to a conference championship.

Jericole Hellems is from Hazelwood, Mo., and plays for Chaminade High School. As a junior, he averaged 22 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal per game to lead Chaminade to a second consecutive Class 5 State Semifinal berth.

Ian Steere from Sanford, N.C., plays with Bates at Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville. Steere is a physical player that helped lead his former school, Wesleyan Christian Academy, to a runner-up finish in the North Carolina 3A State Championship last season.

– Signing class is ranked 15th overall and 5th in the ACC by 247Sports.com. Ranked 17th overall and 6th in the ACC by Rivals.com.

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Primetime with the Pack to take place in front of sellout crowd at Reynolds Coliseum http://chathamjournal.com/2017/10/20/primetime-pack-take-place-front-sellout-crowd/ Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:30:56 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8100 Raleigh, NC – Basketball fans will get their first look at the 2017-18 NC State men’s and women’s basketball teams at Primetime with the Pack tomorrow night, Friday, Oct. 20. The event is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. inside…

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Raleigh, NC – Basketball fans will get their first look at the 2017-18 NC State men’s and women’s basketball teams at Primetime with the Pack tomorrow night, Friday, Oct. 20. The event is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. inside Reynolds Coliseum.

Prime time with the pack 2017Primetime will take place in front of a sellout crowd as all tickets for the event have been claimed.

All tickets are general admission, so fans are encouraged to arrive early to pick their seats.

The event will also be streamed live on ACC Network Extra.

Fans that reserved tickets are entered to win many special prizes, including single-game tickets to the home opener against VMI on Friday, Nov. 10 and the ACC home opener against Duke on Saturday, Jan. 6, a VIP pregame bench experience at a regular season game and four courtside seats to Primetime.

NC State students that reserved tickets for Primetime have the opportunity to win a Pre-Primetime Zaxby’s tailgate for themselves and 19 friends courtesy of men’s basketball head coach Kevin Keatts and women’s basketball coach Wes Moore, courtside seats to Primetime and the chance to participate in special events during the event with men’s and women’s basketball players.

Students can also sign up for the annual Student Government Campout, which will include free food, games and programming following Primetime. Registration is now live at getinvolved.ncsu.edu

Doors at Reynolds Coliseum will open at 7 p.m. with the event starting at 8 p.m. After both teams are introduced, scheduled events include a shooting contest involving both teams, a dunk contest with select men’s basketball players, interviews with Keatts and Moore, a performance by Red Panda and other special events.

Parents can register their kids (first through sixth grade) at GoPack.com/DunkLikeThePack for an opportunity to show off their own dunks on a mini-hoop with some help from members of the men’s and women’s teams.

The first 4,000 fans through the gates will receive Light-Up LED necklaces and the first 1,000 fans receive Primetime with the Pack t-shirts.  There will also be a post-event 45-minute autograph session.

Unlike past years, the men’s basketball team will not have a scrimmage at the conclusion of the event. Pack fans can get their first look at the men’s basketball team when it hosts Mars Hill in an exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 3.  The women’s team hosts its exhibition game on Thursday, Nov. 2 against Lee University.

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Post Louisville win quotes by NC State football coach Dave Doeren & Wolfpack players http://chathamjournal.com/2017/10/06/post-louisville-win-quotes-nc-state-football-coach-dave-doeren-wolfpack-players/ Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:00:16 +0000 http://chathamjournal.com/?p=8024 Raleigh, NC – Quotes from the press conference after the NC State win over Louisville by football coach Dave Doeren and select Wolfpack players. NC STATE HEAD COACH DAVE DOEREN (Opening statement) I’m really proud of our players and our…

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Raleigh, NC – Quotes from the press conference after the NC State win over Louisville by football coach Dave Doeren and select Wolfpack players.

Dave Doeren and playersNC STATE HEAD COACH DAVE DOEREN

(Opening statement)

I’m really proud of our players and our coaching staff. What a win. Great football game. Bunch of players on both teams playing hard. When you can play like that in that environment, it was electric. Our student section was the best I’ve ever seen it tonight, and we’d love for it to be like that every week. They make our team so much better when they do that for us. Thank you to our fans for that.

I thought Ryan Finley played a tremendous game, gave a lot of guys opportunities. Two receivers over 100 yards, and Nyheim (Hines) I thought really played hard. Our guys just wanted it. There were guys that got banged up – (Garrett) Bradbury’s out there laying on the ground, ribs are all beaten up. A lot of guys wouldn’t be tough enough to deal with that, and he was right back out there. That’s just a credit to the toughness of our guys, and I love them for it.

We worked really hard to get to this point. I told our team it was coming, told y’all it was coming. Some of you believed me, some of you didn’t. You can just feel it right now in our locker room. They believe they’re the best team. They’re playing hard, they’re playing together, and they’re tough, and it’s a lot of fun. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into it.

We get a nice little break coming off a short week, get to recharge our batteries a little bit and actually watch a little college football. Come back Sunday and get ready for Pitt.

(On Ryan Finley’s performance)

Ryan really has done what he’s done every game. He’s consistent and he knows where to go with the football. He makes plays, keeps up in drives. He’s a great game manager and distributor of the football. He’s got great touch, Coach Drink has done a heck of a job coaching him. He knows exactly what to do, when to do it, how to do it, and he’s never affected by anything. That’s exactly what we want at that position.

(On Nyheim Hines)

He just plays angry. He’s competitive, spirited. Super talented, and he’s the most competitive guy on the field at times. He hates not playing well. Plays football like he runs track, trying to get a personal best all the time.

(On the team’s maturation process)

They don’t want to be denied what they feel is theirs right now. We talked about it today with the team. They’ve had the struggle. They’ve had to learn what the word ‘perseverance’ means. It’s one of our core values. You don’t just choose to persevere, you have to have adversity. You have to have struggle, you have to face your fears. To do that, you’ve got to grow up, dig deep. Our guys did that. They’ve invested so much, they can’t give in right now. They’re going to find a way. Offense is feeding the defense, defense feeding the offense. That’s the fun part of it. You can hear them on the sideline encouraging each other and it’s great. There’s no flinch in these guys, I can tell you that.

(On Bradley Chubb returning for an environment like tonight)

We talked about finishing what we started. That was one of the factors, but there were a lot of factors. I guarantee you seeing the student section paint their bodies with ‘Chubb 4 Heisman’ made him feel good tonight. That was pretty awesome. That was never in our conversation, but he’s a cult hero right now and he deserves that.

DE Bradley Chubb

On the crowd tonight

“It definitely feels good. The support is amazing. We are just looking to build on that and keep it going.”

On Lamar Jackson

“He’s electric. He’s fast. He can do a lot of things with his feet and his arms. We just had to try and contain him the best we could.”

On delivering on a big stage

“The sky is the limit for this team. I sincerely believe that. That’s the main reason I came back. I knew we weren’t done. It’s just good to see things come to fruition. We’re going to try and keep the momentum going to the next game.”

LB Germaine Pratt

On intercepting the reigning Heisman Trophy winner

“He’s great. It doesn’t matter who he is. He is a great player, but we want to win. That’s all my motto is: to win.”

On if these ACC wins make NC State a great team

“We pride ourselves to work hard and be good. We feel like this is a great win for us, but we are just going back to work Sunday.”

On sealing the game with the pick six

“As a defensive player, we want to be on the field at the end of the game. So we seized it.”

WR Kelvin Harmon

On the offense tonight

“Oh we just feed off each other’s energy. Any time Steph(en) Louis makes a big play, I thought ‘Hey, I’ve got to match him.’ We had good chemistry out there and we were just on our game tonight.”

On making difficult catches

“It just comes from repetition. Just doing it all the time and just believing. Having great chemistry with (Ryan) Finley, he just puts the ball there.”

On where this win ranks during his time at NC State

“It ranks definitely number one. Most recent win. Big win. Thursday night football. Prime time. That’s a great win.”

On the belief held by the team

“That feeling has been there since the summer. Coach Thunder and those guys pushed us so hard, and we just looked around and we just put the pieces of the puzzle together and believed that we could really make something happen. As the season goes on, it keeps growing.”

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