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NCST -11, O/U 155
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Funderburk leads No. 15 NC State past Pitt 86-80

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) No. 15 North Carolina State lost both a starting big man and its point guard. Good thing for the Wolfpack that their depth is the envy of most teams.

DJ Funderburk scored 12 of his career-high 18 points in the second half, and N.C. State beat Pittsburgh 86-80 on Saturday.

Devon Daniels scored 19 points, Eric Lockett added 12 of his season-best 17 points after halftime and Torin Dorn - the only starter to reach double figures - finished with 12 for the Wolfpack (14-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

''It's just a testimony to the chip on our shoulder that we play with, how hard we play, and just trying to come together as a brotherhood and trying to figure out what we're doing wrong and just come down and get the win at the end of the game,'' Funderburk said.

They bounced back from a tough loss to rival North Carolina and won their eighth in nine games despite losing two starters in the first half after big man Wyatt Walker was ejected and point guard Markell Johnson was injured. N.C. State averages 35.9 points from its bench players, and they combined to score 54 in this one.

''No matter the situation, we'll find somebody who will step up and play well in the game,'' coach Kevin Keatts said.

Freshman Xavier Johnson had 20 of his season-high 25 points in the second half, Au'Diese Toney scored 17 and Terrell Brown added 10 for the Panthers (11-5, 1-2), who led by four points with less than 6 1/2 minutes remaining but couldn't finish off a second straight conference victory.

Lockett hit two of the four 3-pointers and scored eight points during the Wolfpack's game-breaking 16-4 run, which C.J. Bryce capped with a jumper that made it 73-65 with just under 3 minutes left. Pitt didn't get closer than five the rest of the way.

BIG PICTURE

Pitt: The Panthers were coming off their first ACC victory since they upset No. 17 Florida State in February 2017. They were trying for their first winning streak in league play since earlier that month. They're clearly improved over last year's team that went 0-18 in the ACC but wound up with their 13th straight road loss in the conference.

''We're still learning, we're still growing, we're still trying to figure out how to win on the road in this league,'' first-year Pitt coach Jeff Capel said. ''We have to minimize all those mistakes, and we have to be really good at the little things.''

N.C. State: The dominating issue for the Wolfpack was how they struggled at both ends without Walker, who was tossed 2 minutes in for grabbing the foot of Pitt's Johnson to bring him down. They also were missing Markell Johnson, who took a hard fall while trying to block a shot and didn't play in the second half. N.C. State missed 13 consecutive shots in the second half before Funderburk and Lockett carried the team down the stretch.

''I've said this before - we're going to fight,'' Keatts said.

COMEBACK KID

Lockett, a graduate transfer from Florida International, didn't see the court in the 80-72 loss to the Tar Heels. Keatts said he found out Lockett went to the team's practice facility to work on his shooting immediately after that game. ''Nobody played bigger than the guy who didn't play the last game,'' Keatts said.

KEY STATS

N.C. State outrebounded Pitt 25-14 in the second half and generated 15 second-chance points to the Panthers' three. They also had 17 turnovers - their fourth game with at least that many, and they're 0-4 when that happens. ''Offensive rebounds killed us, and we have to value the basketball,'' Capel said. ''Those two things were the difference in the game.''

UP NEXT

Pitt: Plays host to No. 13 Florida State on Monday night.

N.C. State: Visits Wake Forest on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
X. Johnson
1 G
T. Dorn
2 G
25.9 Min. Per Game 25.9
14.3 Pts. Per Game 14.3
1.3 Ast. Per Game 1.3
6.7 Reb. Per Game 6.7
47.8 Field Goal % 50.3
42.0 Three Point % 36.8
82.5 Free Throw % 64.7
+ 2 Xavier Johnson made dunk 2.0
+ 1 Torin Dorn made 2nd of 2 free throws 7.0
+ 1 Torin Dorn made 1st of 2 free throws 7.0
  Personal foul on Au'Diese Toney 7.0
  Offensive rebound by Torin Dorn 10.0
  C.J. Bryce missed 2nd of 2 free throws 10.0
+ 1 C.J. Bryce made 1st of 2 free throws 10.0
  Personal foul on Trey McGowens 10.0
+ 3 Jared Wilson-Frame made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Xavier Johnson 11.0
  Offensive rebound by Pittsburgh 13.0
  Xavier Johnson missed layup, blocked by Devon Daniels 15.0
Team Stats
Points 80 86
Field Goals 25-55 (45.5%) 30-71 (42.3%)
3-Pointers 6-13 (46.2%) 7-20 (35.0%)
Free Throws 24-28 (85.7%) 19-25 (76.0%)
Total Rebounds 34 44
Offensive 7 15
Defensive 23 23
Team 4 6
Assists 13 16
Steals 8 9
Blocks 4 6
Turnovers 16 13
Fouls 21 19
Technicals 0 1
25 PTS, 1 REB, 2 AST
19 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Pittsburgh 11-5 404080
home team logo 15 NC State 14-2 414586
Team Stats
away team logo Pittsburgh 11-5 77.1 PPG 41.6 RPG 13.1 APG
home team logo 15 NC State 14-2 87.3 PPG 44.1 RPG 17.4 APG
Key Players
1
X. Johnson G 17.1 PPG 3.3 RPG 4.7 APG 45.9 FG%
24
D. Daniels G 10.5 PPG 4.8 RPG 1.7 APG 44.2 FG%
Top Scorers
X. Johnson G 25 PTS 1 REB 2 AST
D. Daniels G 19 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
45.5 FG% 42.3
46.2 3PT FG% 35.0
85.7 FT% 76.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
X. Johnson 25 1 2 8/12 0/0 9/11 2 24 0 0 6 1 0
A. Toney 17 6 0 7/10 2/2 1/2 5 38 0 0 1 2 4
J. Wilson-Frame 12 3 4 1/10 1/6 9/9 3 32 4 0 3 0 3
T. Brown 10 8 0 4/8 0/0 2/2 1 31 0 4 2 1 7
T. McGowens 7 5 7 2/9 0/2 3/4 5 37 1 0 3 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
X. Johnson 25 1 2 8/12 0/0 9/11 2 24 0 0 6 1 0
A. Toney 17 6 0 7/10 2/2 1/2 5 38 0 0 1 2 4
J. Wilson-Frame 12 3 4 1/10 1/6 9/9 3 32 4 0 3 0 3
T. Brown 10 8 0 4/8 0/0 2/2 1 31 0 4 2 1 7
T. McGowens 7 5 7 2/9 0/2 3/4 5 37 1 0 3 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Davis 9 4 0 3/3 3/3 0/0 0 25 2 0 0 0 4
M. Ellison 0 2 0 0/3 0/0 0/0 2 9 0 0 1 1 1
S. N'Dir 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
K. Chukwuka 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 1
S. George - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Ilegomah - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Mascaro - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Starzynski - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Stevenson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Aiken Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Ezeakudo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 80 30 13 25/55 6/13 24/28 21 200 8 4 16 7 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Dorn 12 10 5 4/13 1/2 3/4 1 34 0 0 2 1 9
C. Bryce 9 5 0 2/6 0/2 5/6 2 22 1 0 1 2 3
B. Beverly 9 1 4 3/9 2/8 1/2 0 37 3 0 1 1 0
W. Walker 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0
M. Johnson 0 1 3 0/1 0/1 0/1 0 9 1 0 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Dorn 12 10 5 4/13 1/2 3/4 1 34 0 0 2 1 9
C. Bryce 9 5 0 2/6 0/2 5/6 2 22 1 0 1 2 3
B. Beverly 9 1 4 3/9 2/8 1/2 0 37 3 0 1 1 0
W. Walker 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 2 0 0 1 0 0
M. Johnson 0 1 3 0/1 0/1 0/1 0 9 1 0 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Daniels 19 4 1 9/14 1/2 0/0 4 23 1 1 4 2 2
D. Funderburk 18 9 1 5/9 0/1 8/10 3 34 1 4 2 6 3
E. Lockett 17 7 2 6/9 3/4 2/2 2 22 0 0 1 2 5
B. Harris 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 6 0 0 1 0 0
J. Hellems 0 1 0 0/8 0/0 0/0 3 11 2 1 0 1 0
S. Killeya-Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bates - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 86 38 16 30/71 7/20 19/25 19 200 9 6 13 15 23