NCST
ND

No Text

No. 17 NC State holds off Notre Dame 77-73 after Wake loss

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) No. 17 North Carolina State left coach Kevin Keatts with a hoarse voice Saturday.

A strong finish against the pesky Fighting Irish was the only medicine Keatts needed.

C.J. Bryce hit key free throws en route to 23 points, and the Wolfpack withstood several second-half challenges from Notre Dame in a 77-73 victory.

''Excuse my voice - I'm glad to get out of here with a win,'' Keatts joked after N.C. State (15-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) used four free throws from Devon Daniels in the final 32 seconds to hold off the Fighting Irish (11-7, 1-4). ''I thought we finished the game.''

That wasn't the case last Tuesday, when NC State fell way behind Wake Forest, tied it with about six minutes left in the second half and still lost, 71-67.

''When we got down 22 against Wake and stormed back, we did not finish the game,'' Keatts said. ''Give Devon a lot of credit - he made four really good free throws at the end. (The Fighting Irish) are tough. We knew coming in we had to defend all five positions. We knew coming in we had to defend the 3-point line.''

T.J. Gibbs made three free throws and fed John Mooney for a dunk to pull the Irish within 75-73 with 12.3 seconds left. But Daniels made his final two free throws, and the Wolfpack prevailed.

Bryce hit 9 of 14 shots, including all five of his 3-point attempts. Torin Dorn had 13 points with nine rebounds, and Derek Funderburk added 11 points.

Mooney had his ACC-leading 10th double-double with 19 points and 16 rebounds, and freshman Dane Goodwin tied his career-high with 19 points - 17 in the second half on 7-of-9 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers. Gibbs had 13 points and D.J. Harvey added 10 for the Irish, who made just 7 of 28 3-pointers (25 percent) and shot 24 of 59 from the field (40.7 percent).

''To beat one of the better teams in this league, we're going to have to shoot better than 40 percent,'' Brey said. ''(The Wolfpack) are really gifted offensively, and they beat us up in the paint. We battled, but they were men and we're a little young.''

BIG PICTURE

NC State: The Wolfpack set season lows in field-goal percentage (37 percent) and 3-point shooting (20.7 percent) in the 71-67 loss at Wake Forest. They beat the Irish with 43.5 percent shooting, including 36.8 percent from deep, including the 5-for-5 effort by Bryce, who also played for Keatts at UNC Wilmington.

''I've been waiting on (Bryce),'' Keatts said. ''That's the guy who played well (at UNC Wilmington) when he played for me. This was, by far, his best game in an NC State uniform.''

Notre Dame: Fighting Irish again endured scoring droughts at inopportune times - going 2:31 while hitting 2 of 12 in the first half, then pulling within one with 8:26 to play and going more than three minutes without a field goal.

FESTIVE ATMOSPHERE

As Winter Storm Harper chilled the area, the less-than-capacity crowd at the Purcell Pavilion celebrated by wearing Hawaiian shirts and leis. One enterprising student even brought a surfboard to the game.

UP NEXT

NC State: At Louisville on Thursday.

Notre Dame: At Georgia Tech on Tuesday.

---

More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25

Copyright 2019 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

Key Players
T. Dorn
2 G
T. Gibbs
10 G
34.9 Min. Per Game 34.9
14.1 Pts. Per Game 14.1
3.9 Ast. Per Game 3.9
2.3 Reb. Per Game 2.3
50.0 Field Goal % 35.3
32.6 Three Point % 37.1
64.3 Free Throw % 74.6
  Defensive rebound by D.J. Harvey 4.0
  Jericole Hellems missed 2nd of 2 free throws 4.0
  Jericole Hellems missed 1st of 2 free throws 4.0
  Personal foul on D.J. Harvey 4.0
  Defensive rebound by Jericole Hellems 5.0
  T.J. Gibbs missed 3-pt. jump shot 7.0
+ 1 Devon Daniels made 2nd of 2 free throws 11.0
+ 1 Devon Daniels made 1st of 2 free throws 11.0
  Personal foul on Dane Goodwin 11.0
+ 2 John Mooney made dunk, assist by T.J. Gibbs 12.0
  Defensive rebound by John Mooney 21.0
Team Stats
Points 77 73
Field Goals 30-69 (43.5%) 24-59 (40.7%)
3-Pointers 7-19 (36.8%) 7-28 (25.0%)
Free Throws 10-15 (66.7%) 18-24 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 43 38
Offensive 13 9
Defensive 29 28
Team 1 1
Assists 15 15
Steals 4 4
Blocks 3 4
Turnovers 7 9
Fouls 19 18
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
19 PTS, 16 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo 17 NC State 15-3 374077
home team logo Notre Dame 11-7 353873
Team Stats
away team logo 17 NC State 15-3 81.9 PPG 42 RPG 16.0 APG
home team logo Notre Dame 11-7 70.7 PPG 40 RPG 13.2 APG
Key Players
13
C. Bryce G 12.3 PPG 4.8 RPG 1.8 APG 49.6 FG%
23
D. Goodwin G 6.3 PPG 3.0 RPG 1.1 APG 38.5 FG%
Top Scorers
C. Bryce G 23 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
D. Goodwin G 19 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
43.5 FG% 40.7
36.8 3PT FG% 25.0
66.7 FT% 75.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Bryce 23 5 3 9/14 5/5 0/0 3 34 2 0 1 1 4
D. Daniels 15 6 0 5/14 1/5 4/4 2 27 0 3 1 3 3
W. Walker 4 2 1 2/4 0/0 0/0 2 15 0 0 1 1 1
B. Beverly 3 4 4 1/9 1/6 0/0 2 34 0 0 2 0 4
E. Lockett 2 4 2 1/3 0/2 0/0 3 19 0 0 0 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Bryce 23 5 3 9/14 5/5 0/0 3 34 2 0 1 1 4
D. Daniels 15 6 0 5/14 1/5 4/4 2 27 0 3 1 3 3
W. Walker 4 2 1 2/4 0/0 0/0 2 15 0 0 1 1 1
B. Beverly 3 4 4 1/9 1/6 0/0 2 34 0 0 2 0 4
E. Lockett 2 4 2 1/3 0/2 0/0 3 19 0 0 0 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Dorn 13 9 2 6/13 0/1 1/2 0 28 0 0 0 0 9
D. Funderburk 11 6 2 4/7 0/0 3/5 4 25 0 0 0 5 1
J. Hellems 4 5 0 2/4 0/0 0/2 3 12 1 0 1 2 3
B. Harris 2 1 1 0/1 0/0 2/2 0 6 1 0 1 0 1
M. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Killeya-Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bates - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 77 42 15 30/69 7/19 10/15 19 200 4 3 7 13 29
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Mooney 19 16 2 7/14 0/3 5/6 2 33 0 2 2 3 13
D. Goodwin 19 4 3 7/10 2/3 3/4 3 32 1 0 3 4 0
T. Gibbs 13 3 5 2/5 2/4 7/9 3 37 1 0 2 1 2
D. Harvey 10 5 1 4/12 1/7 1/3 2 24 0 1 0 0 5
P. Hubb 8 4 2 3/9 2/4 0/0 4 34 1 0 1 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Mooney 19 16 2 7/14 0/3 5/6 2 33 0 2 2 3 13
D. Goodwin 19 4 3 7/10 2/3 3/4 3 32 1 0 3 4 0
T. Gibbs 13 3 5 2/5 2/4 7/9 3 37 1 0 2 1 2
D. Harvey 10 5 1 4/12 1/7 1/3 2 24 0 1 0 0 5
P. Hubb 8 4 2 3/9 2/4 0/0 4 34 1 0 1 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
N. Djogo 4 2 2 1/5 0/3 2/2 2 19 0 0 0 0 2
N. Laszewski 0 0 0 0/4 0/4 0/0 1 14 0 0 1 0 0
C. Doherty 0 3 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 7 1 1 0 0 3
R. Pflueger - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Durham - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Nelligan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Carmody - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 37 15 24/59 7/28 18/24 18 200 4 4 9 9 28