N.C. State 63, Delaware State 43
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—Brandon Costner scored a career-high 20 points Friday night to lead North Carolina State past Delaware State 63-43.
Gavin Grant scored 12 points—including three dunks in the last two minutes of the first half to electrify the home crowd—for the Wolfpack (2-0), which had little trouble staying unbeaten under new coach Sidney Lowe. Courtney Fells and Engin Atsur each added 10 points.
Jahsha Bluntt and Roy Bright each scored 12 points to lead the Hornets (1-2), which fell behind by double digits midway through the first half and never recovered.
The Wolfpack had a much easier time in Game 2 of the Lowe Era than in last week’s opener, a down-to-the-wire 92-88 win against Wofford. In that game, N.C. State had all kinds of defensive struggles while needing a layup from Atsur to go ahead in the final minute.
Things went a little smoother against Delaware State. N.C. State jumped to a 22-8 lead and shot 64 percent in the first half to take a 37-22 lead at the break. The Wolfpack then scored the first nine points of the second half, ending when Ben McCauley found Grant for an alley-oop dunk in transition for a 46-22 lead with 16:45 to play.
Delaware State got as close as 57-43 on a layup from Troy Roundtree with 3:55 left, but the Wolfpack answered with the game’s final six points. On the first, Grant found Fells for a dunk over Darrin Shine in transition, while Costner followed with a spinning layup on the next play. Atsur closed the run with a layup for the 20-point margin.
The Wolfpack shot 63 percent for the game, including 6-for-13 from 3-point range, and finished with 20 assists on 26 baskets.
The Hornets shot 34 percent, including 4-for-21 from 3-point range.