College Basketball

NC State crushes Jacksonville 79-43

It was the kind of night when N.C. State got to put on a show.

BeeJay Anya wowed the crowd with a school-record 10 blocked shots.

Freshman Caleb Martin finished with a season-high 15 points.

And Lennard Freeman had his second career double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds as the Wolfpack crushed Jacksonville 79-43 in the finale of the Global Games Shootout on Tuesday night at PNC Arena.

State, which had also won both previous meetings in back-to-back seasons in 1968 and ‘69, improved to 3-0. The Dolphins, in their first season under Tony Jasick who was previously at Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne, fell to 1-3.

“I think the takeaway for me was that we improved,” N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. “We guarded the ball and contained without getting beat off the dribble. I thought we rebounded better - in the first half if we’d made shots around the rim and a few foul shots we might have had 50 points.

“BeeJay had a big night. Obviously he could become a big presence. I’m happy he’s stepping forward. We need that from him.”

The sophomore Anya, who is listed at 6-9 and 295 and said he had lost 65 pounds since last season, scored seven points with eight rebounds.

“We know we have to execute no matter who we're playing against,” said Anya, who swatted away four shots on one possession in the first half. “I was just trying to figure out why they kept coming in there. After the second one I don’t know why they kept coming. I was just like, ‘OK.’

“I wasn’t worried about a triple-double. I was too tired.”

Fayetteville native Josh Adeyeye paced Jacksonville with 15 points.

The Wolfpack shot 43.1 percent to the Dolphins’ 23.2, won the rebound battle 57-27 and committed 15 turnovers to Jacksonville’s 13.

State led 35-12 at the break behind 12 points from Caleb Martin. The Wolfpack shot 40.7 percent in the first half compared to the Dolphins’ 13.8 and led the rebound battle 28-14.

“I know I’m not going to be great every game,” said Martin, who played some first-half minutes alongside his twin brother Cody. “I just have to work on getting more consistent and efficient.

“I just know with the teammates I have, any time I don’t play well they'll back me up. That’s one of the best things about our team.”

N.C. State trailed 5-2 before Kyle Washington’s three-point play with 17:03 left in the half tied the score and started a 19-0 run.

Jacksonville’s next bucket was a layup from Adeyeye with 7:53 left in the half.

The Dolphins’ Antwon Clayton was ejected following a flagrant foul that sent Desmond Lee to the floor with 5:25 left.

“The reason for the run was two-fold,” Jasick said. “Tim Gill got in foul trouble and he’s as effective of a post player as we have. And then I thought they did a really good job on the offensive end. Give them a ton of credit. And we got too loose and started driving toward the basket.”

N.C. State’s next game is against visiting South Florida at 4 p.m. Sunday.

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