Raleigh, N.C. – A 12-0 run to open the second half lifted NC State to a 100-67 win over Western Carolina on Wednesday night at Reynolds Coliseum.
NC State improves to 8-1 while Western Carolina drops to 2-8.
Carlos Dotson finished with his fifth double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds, nine of which came on the defensive glass. Matt Halvorsen finished in double figures for the seventh time this season with 16 points as he went 5-for-8 from the field and 4-for-6 behind the arc. Marcus Thomas posted a double-figure game for the third time in 2018-19 with 13 points. Dotson had a team-best four assists.
Devon Daniels scored a game-high 21 points to lead NC State. Jericole Hellems finished with 16 points, followed by Blake Harris with 15 and Torin Dorn with 12 points. Wyatt Walker and DJ Funderburk each had five rebounds.
NC State got on the board with a CJ Bryce jumper at the 18:28 mark before Thomas evened the score with a pair of free throws 30 seconds later. Dotson completed a three-point play for a 5-4 Catamount lead at the 16:39 mark. Following a Dotson jumper that made the score 15-12 in favor of the Wolfpack at the 13:37 mark, NC State went on a 9-3 run for a 24-15 edge following a Hellems layup with 11:01 remaining. The Catamounts pulled to within eight, 30-22 before the Wolfpack used a Walker layup for a 37-24 lead with just under seven minutes left. NC State led 45-33 at halftime as a Kameron Gibson free throw capped the scoring.
A pair of Daniels free throws ignited a 12-0 run for a 57-33 lead following a Funderburk dunk at the 15:56 mark. Halvorsen sank a 3-pointer to end the run and a Dotson free throw brought WCU within 20 points but the Catamounts got no closer for the rest of the game.
NC State went 37-for-69 (53.6 percent) from the field. Western Carolina finished with a 21-for-47 (44.7 percent) mark from the field. WCU outrebounded NC State 38-31, but 33 Catamount turnovers resulted in 32 points for the Wolfpack.
Western Carolina travels to mountain rival UNC Asheville on Saturday with tip-off scheduled for 5:30 p.m.