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NC State holds off Tennessee State 67-55 in overtime

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) BeeJay Anya provided North Carolina State with the physical edge it desperately needed against Tennessee State, while coach Mark Gottfried said his team showed some defensive improvement after several shaky outings.

The Wolfpack needed every bit of it, too, to beat Tennessee State.

Anya had 12 points, a career-high 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots to help the Wolfpack beat the Tigers 67-55 in overtime on Saturday in the program's annual return to its former campus home - a newly renovated Reynolds Coliseum.

''I'm not sure we'd have won this game two or three weeks ago,'' Gottfried said.

Terry Henderson scored 21 points to lead N.C. State (7-2), including a banked-in 3-pointer with 2:57 left in the extra period that put the Wolfpack ahead for good in a 14-0 game-closing run. N.C. State had allowed teams to shoot 45 percent coming in, but held Tennessee State (7-2) to 32 percent for the game - including an 8-minute scoreless stretch that helped the Wolfpack rally from a 38-30 second-half deficit with a heavy dose of zone defense.

Anya, a 6-foot-9, 320-pound senior, was big in that effort with his work in the paint. He also did it while playing a career-high 38 minutes.

''They kind of came in here and thought they could punk us,'' Anya said. ''I ain't no punk, so that's one thing they ain't going to do to me. So I came in and heard them talking and it got me going.''

Anya had managed a total of eight points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in his previous five games.

''The guy affected the game in just about every way,'' Gottfried said.

Wayne Martin had 16 points to lead the Tigers (7-2), who led 55-53 on Darreon Reddick's 3-pointer with 3:46 left in OT but didn't score again.

''My guys fought really hard,'' Tennessee State coach Dana Ford said. ''I really believed they deserved to win the game.''

BIG PICTURE

Tennessee State: The Tigers gave their power-conference foe fits with their athleticism and toughness, controlling the glass much of the game while making the Wolfpack work for shots. Still, Tennessee State fell to 0-15 against Atlantic Coast Conference teams.

N.C. State: Put simply, this is still a young group trying to figure things out. The Wolfpack didn't shoot well, had trouble getting good looks and missed too many free throws, though the strong finish was a good sign for Gottfried.

''I thought we took a major step this week with our defense,'' Gottfried said. ''Now we left our offense somewhere else, but defensively we got better.''

TIP-INS

Tennessee State: The Tigers finished with a 48-45 rebounding advantage. ... Tennessee State finished with 18 turnovers. ... Jordan Reed had 10 rebounds. ... McCall finished with 10 points.

N.C. State: Maverick Rowan (concussion) played 12 minutes and scored two points in his first game since the opener. ... N.C. State shot 35 percent but scored 18 second-chance points. ... The Wolfpack scored 20 points off turnovers. ... N.C. State made 23 of 36 free throws (64 percent), including 6 of 7 in OT.

FRESHMAN WATCH

Wolfpack point guard Dennis Smith Jr. finished with 19 points and came up with several big plays. First he hit a tough fading shot to tie it at 50 with 46.4 seconds left in regulation, then he came up with a key three-point play with 58.5 seconds left before adding a punctuating windmill breakaway dunk to cap a game-closing run.

UP NEXT

Tennessee State: The Tigers return home to host Alabama State on Wednesday night.

N.C. State: N.C. State hosts Appalachian State on Thursday night, a game headlined by the debut of five-star freshman Omer Yurtseven. The NCAA required the Turkish 7-footer to sit his first nine games after examining his amateur status following an overseas career.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  KenDarrius Hamilton missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
+ 2 Dennis Smith Jr. made dunk, assist by Beejay Anya 6.0
  Defensive rebound by Beejay Anya 7.0
  Tahjere McCall missed layup 9.0
+ 1 Terry Henderson made 2nd of 2 free throws 17.0
+ 1 Terry Henderson made 1st of 2 free throws 17.0
+ 1 Terry Henderson made 2nd of 2 free throws 17.0
+ 1 Terry Henderson made 1st of 2 free throws 17.0
  Unsportsmanlike technical foul on Tennessee State 17.0
  Personal foul on KenDarrius Hamilton 17.0
  Defensive rebound by Beejay Anya 19.0
Team Stats
Points 55 67
Field Goals 21-65 (32.3%) 20-57 (35.1%)
3-Pointers 4-17 (23.5%) 4-15 (26.7%)
Free Throws 9-15 (60.0%) 23-36 (63.9%)
Total Rebounds 48 45
Offensive 20 12
Defensive 25 27
Team 3 6
Assists 9 9
Steals 6 6
Blocks 5 10
Turnovers 18 14
Fouls 24 17
Technicals 2 1
16 PTS, 9 REB
21 PTS, 5 REB
12OTT
away team logo Tennessee State 7-2 3020555
home team logo NC State 7-2 28221767
Team Stats
away team logo Tennessee State 7-2 66.6 PPG 36.1 RPG 10.9 APG
home team logo NC State 7-2 81.3 PPG 39.2 RPG 16.1 APG
Key Players
00
W. Martin F PPG RPG APG FG%
00
T. Henderson G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
W. Martin F 16 PTS 9 REB 0 AST
T. Henderson G 21 PTS 5 REB 0 AST
32.3 FG% 35.1
23.5 3PT FG% 26.7
60.0 FT% 63.9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
W. Martin 29 16 9 0 1 2 2 5 7/15 0/0 2/2 6 3
T. McCall 36 10 6 4 4 0 3 4 3/14 0/3 4/6 4 2
K. Hamilton 23 9 4 0 0 1 2 3 4/7 1/3 0/0 0 4
D. Reddick 40 8 4 0 0 1 4 2 3/8 2/6 0/0 0 4
J. Reed 37 2 10 2 0 1 2 3 1/9 0/1 0/3 6 4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
W. Martin 29 16 9 0 1 2 2 5 7/15 0/0 2/2 6 3
T. McCall 36 10 6 4 4 0 3 4 3/14 0/3 4/6 4 2
K. Hamilton 23 9 4 0 0 1 2 3 4/7 1/3 0/0 0 4
D. Reddick 40 8 4 0 0 1 4 2 3/8 2/6 0/0 0 4
J. Reed 37 2 10 2 0 1 2 3 1/9 0/1 0/3 6 4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Mekowulu 30 5 9 2 1 0 4 2 1/6 0/0 3/4 3 6
D. Spencer 22 5 1 1 0 0 0 3 2/5 1/4 0/0 1 0
A. Chaney 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
A. Everett 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2
C. Bolden - - - - - - - - - - - - -
X. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Duke - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Oyediran - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Spencer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Cummings - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 225 55 45 9 6 5 18 24 21/65 4/17 9/15 20 25
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Henderson 40 21 5 0 1 0 1 3 5/10 3/5 8/9 3 2
D. Smith Jr. 42 19 4 6 4 1 3 2 7/19 1/4 4/9 1 3
T. Dorn 40 8 8 1 1 0 1 2 4/12 0/3 0/0 1 7
A. Abu 20 3 3 0 0 1 2 4 1/3 0/0 1/2 2 1
T. Kapita 11 0 2 1 0 0 3 2 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Henderson 40 21 5 0 1 0 1 3 5/10 3/5 8/9 3 2
D. Smith Jr. 42 19 4 6 4 1 3 2 7/19 1/4 4/9 1 3
T. Dorn 40 8 8 1 1 0 1 2 4/12 0/3 0/0 1 7
A. Abu 20 3 3 0 0 1 2 4 1/3 0/0 1/2 2 1
T. Kapita 11 0 2 1 0 0 3 2 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Anya 38 12 14 1 0 7 2 2 3/6 0/0 6/11 4 10
M. Rowan 12 2 2 0 0 1 0 1 0/2 0/1 2/3 0 2
M. Johnson 22 2 1 0 0 0 2 1 0/3 0/2 2/2 1 0
C. Brickhouse - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Freeman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Corchiani Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Kirk - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hicks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Newman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. Yurtseven - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 225 67 39 9 6 10 14 17 20/57 4/15 23/36 12 27