N.C. State 101, N. Carolina A&T 63
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—Julius Hodge recorded N.C. State’s first triple-double and Josh Powell hit all 10 of his shots Saturday night in a 101-63 beating of North Carolina A&T.
Hodge scored 11 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and handed out 10 assists. He secured the triple-double when he scored on a follow shot with 5:29 to play. Powell came into the game shooting 57 percent. He finished with 23 points, one of five N.C. State players in double figures.
The unbeaten Wolfpack (5-0) hasn’t won by less than 12 points this season and claimed its most lopsided victory so far.
A&T (0-4) is 0-22 against Atlantic Coast Conference teams, including seven losses to N.C. State. The Aggies have three more games this season against ACC teams, the next against third-ranked Duke on Tuesday in Greensboro.
The Aggies used a zone defense early in hopes of countering the Wolfpack’s height advantage. N.C. State just shot over it, hitting 9 of 19 3-point baskets in the first half. The Wolfpack shot 60 percent in the opening 20 minutes and held a 58-26 lead at the break.
Full-court pressure by N.C. State limited the Aggies to 39 percent shooting and forced 10 turnovers in the first half. A&T went four minutes without a basket late in the period, and the Wolfpack went on a 10-0 spurt to run up its halftime edge.
Tempers flared briefly when A&T’s Steven Koger had his layup blocked by Josh Powell. Koger shoved Powell to the floor behind the baseline. No punches were thrown, but technical fouls were called on N.C. State’s Marcus Melvin and A&T’s Chris Ferguson. Koger hit a pair of free throws to get the Aggies to 19-8 at 14:24.
However, Scooter Sherrill’s 3-pointer at 11:45 gave N.C. State a 22-8 advantage and it wasn’t much of a contest from there.
Koger and Joe Holmes led A&T with 17 points apiece.
The game was played in Reynolds Coliseum, which N.C. State left behind three seasons ago for the new and larger RBC Center. The move was in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Wolfpack’s 1983 NCAA national championship. Former coach Norman Sloan, who led N.C. State to the 1974 national championship, sat on the Wolfpack bench. His wife, Joan, sang the national anthem, just as she did when her husband was head coach.