RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Allerik Freeman had 18 points to help North Carolina State beat Charleston Southern 78-56 on Sunday.
Torin Dorn added 14 points for the Wolfpack (2-0), who won for the second time in three days to start the program’s first season under Kevin Keatts. N.C. State ran off the last 17 points of the first half to take a big lead, then led by double figures from there.
Sam Hunt got things started by knocking down three 3-pointers in four possessions in that run aided by a few turnovers from the Buccaneers. By the end of the half, Charleston Southern (0-2) had just seven baskets and 14 turnovers that led to 18 points for the Wolfpack.
N.C. State led 42-21 at halftime and shot 48 percent for the game, including 9 of 23 from 3-point range.
Freshman Phlandrous Fleming Jr. scored 17 points and made three 3s for Charleston Southern.
Charleston Southern: Things went better than Friday’s opener, at least. Charleston Southern fell behind 24-0 in that one and saw Davidson hit a program and Atlantic 10 record 26 3-pointers in the 110-62 loss. Things didn’t get nearly so ugly Sunday; the Buccaneers trailed by four before N.C. State’s half-closing flurry, then kept fighting to hang within 15 or so for much of the second half.
N.C. State: N.C. State is short-handed to start the year with just nine scholarship players available due to injuries (Abdul-Malik Abu) and an NCAA eligibility dispute (Braxton Beverly), so Keatts has said the Wolfpack will only be able to show about 75 percent of what he envisions with a full roster of players recruited to his style of play. Still, the Wolfpack’s pressure defense forced turnovers, while graduate transfers Freeman and Hunt provided a jolt with their scoring and outside shooting.
Charleston Southern: The Buccaneers host Columbia International on Wednesday.
N.C. State: N.C. State hosts Bryant on Tuesday.