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Yurtseven leads NC State past Wake Forest, 72-63

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State remains tough to beat at home. Wake Forest isn't going to beat anyone if it keeps going cold late in games.

Omer Yurtseven scored 22 points and N.C. State beat the Demon Deacons 72-63 on Thursday night.

Markell Johnson had 13 points and Torin Dorn added 11, including a key jumper that put the Wolfpack up by four points with 57.5 seconds to play. N.C. State (13-6, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) shot nearly 42 percent - but was just 7 of 26 from 3-point range - yet closed with an 11-0 run to improve to 12-1 at PNC Arena.

''Give our guys a lot of credit - we won the game on the defensive end on a night we weren't shooting particularly well,'' N.C. State coach Kevin Keatts said. ''Our guys defended at the end.''

Bryant Crawford scored 18 points and Doral Moore finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Demon Deacons (8-10, 1-5). They have lost four straight and six of seven, and led 63-61 on Moore's dunk with 4 1/2 minutes left but didn't score the rest of the way, missing their last seven shots.

This ending was painfully familiar for Wake Forest, which allowed scoreless, game-ending runs to Tennessee (13-0) and North Carolina (8-0) over the past month.

''I thought we had opportunities to score. Just didn't make shots,'' Wake Forest coach Danny Manning said. ''We got the ball to the rim a couple of times but didn't finish when we needed to. ... We just have to continue to get paint touches and not settle. I thought we settled a little bit for long jump shots.''

Johnson put N.C. State ahead 65-63 with a jumper with just under two minutes left, and after Dorn's bucket, Johnson followed with two free throws and Lavar Batts Jr. added another to make it a three-possession game in the final 30 seconds.

Braxton Beverly finished with 10 points and nine assists for N.C. State.

BIG PICTURE

Wake Forest: Make it another long trip back from the Triangle for the Demon Deacons, who are a combined 2-30 in their last 32 visits to either N.C. State, Duke or North Carolina since the infamous Chris Paul-Julius Hodge groin-tapping episode in 2005. Wake Forest had lost 11 straight in Raleigh before last year's win here, but the latest late-game fade is sure to be the lasting memory of this one.

N.C. State: The Wolfpack sure seem to have found their legs since their wobbly start to ACC play. They've won three of five with no shame in their lone loss in that stretch, which came at second-ranked Virginia. It helps that N.C. State has a stabilizing force in Yurtseven, a 7-footer who has shown deft 3-point touch and scored 13 point after halftime.

KEY STRETCH

After Dorn tied it at 63 with a free throw, Wake Forest's experienced backcourt of Crawford (a junior) and senior Mitchell Wilbekin was called for a 10-second violation after they couldn't get the ball past midcourt in time. Johnson's go-ahead jumper came on the Wolfpack's next possession. ''That, to me, is inexcusable with the veteran group we had in,'' Manning said.

WELCOME BACK

Johnson played his second game since serving a seven-game suspension for violating the school's student-athlete code of conduct, showing marked progress from his 0-for-2 shooting performance in the loss at Virginia. He insists he's in game shape - ''I'm back,'' he said - but Keatts said the guard still shows signs of fatigue. ''Any time you go through some adversity, it kind of helps you grow up in a way,'' Keatts said. ''He's worked hard.''

HE SAID IT

''That's bad assistant coaching'' - Keatts, playfully tweaking his staff after being informed that Beverly was an assist from a double-double.

UP NEXT

Wake Forest: Plays host to No. 2 Virginia on Sunday night.

N.C. State: Plays host to No. 25 Miami on Sunday.

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Key Players
B. Crawford
A. Freeman
33.5 Min. Per Game 33.5
9.5 Pts. Per Game 9.5
3.5 Ast. Per Game 3.5
3.5 Reb. Per Game 3.5
39.6 Field Goal % 22.6
35.2 Three Point % 25.0
91.8 Free Throw % 63.6
  Defensive rebound by Spencer Newman 0.0
  Keyshawn Woods missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
+ 1 Braxton Beverly made 2nd of 2 free throws 8.0
+ 1 Braxton Beverly made 1st of 2 free throws 8.0
  Personal foul on Terrence Thompson 8.0
  Defensive rebound by NC State 8.0
  Mitchell Wilbekin missed jump shot 10.0
  Offensive rebound by Mitchell Wilbekin 10.0
  Bryant Crawford missed 3-pt. jump shot 12.0
  Defensive rebound by Keyshawn Woods 20.0
  Markell Johnson missed 2nd of 2 free throws 20.0
Team Stats
Points 63 72
Field Goals 25-65 (38.5%) 26-62 (41.9%)
3-Pointers 4-17 (23.5%) 7-26 (26.9%)
Free Throws 9-15 (60.0%) 13-20 (65.0%)
Total Rebounds 37 44
Offensive 9 10
Defensive 24 30
Team 4 4
Assists 13 18
Steals 9 6
Blocks 5 4
Turnovers 12 12
Fouls 18 17
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 2 REB, 5 AST
22 PTS, 8 REB
12T
away team logo Wake Forest 8-10 382563
home team logo NC State 13-6 333972
Team Stats
away team logo Wake Forest 8-10 73.3 PPG 38.2 RPG 13.9 APG
home team logo NC State 13-6 81.3 PPG 39.2 RPG 16.1 APG
Key Players
13
B. Crawford G 16.9 PPG 2.9 RPG 4.9 APG 41.3 FG%
14
O. Yurtseven C 13.5 PPG 6.7 RPG 0.5 APG 57.2 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Crawford G 18 PTS 2 REB 5 AST
O. Yurtseven C 22 PTS 8 REB 0 AST
38.5 FG% 41.9
23.5 3PT FG% 26.9
60.0 FT% 65.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Crawford 36 18 2 5 5 0 0 1 5/18 0/6 8/8 0 2
D. Moore 32 15 10 0 0 3 0 3 7/12 0/0 1/4 2 8
M. Wilbekin 30 6 6 2 3 0 2 3 2/7 2/4 0/0 1 5
T. Thompson 17 2 4 1 1 1 0 1 1/5 0/0 0/0 3 1
C. Brown 7 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Crawford 36 18 2 5 5 0 0 1 5/18 0/6 8/8 0 2
D. Moore 32 15 10 0 0 3 0 3 7/12 0/0 1/4 2 8
M. Wilbekin 30 6 6 2 3 0 2 3 2/7 2/4 0/0 1 5
T. Thompson 17 2 4 1 1 1 0 1 1/5 0/0 0/0 3 1
C. Brown 7 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
O. Sarr 25 9 6 0 0 1 2 5 4/9 1/2 0/2 2 4
K. Woods 20 7 3 1 0 0 5 2 3/6 1/2 0/0 0 3
B. Childress 29 6 1 3 0 0 2 1 3/7 0/3 0/1 0 1
D. Mitchell 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
S. Okeke 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
T. Rike - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Bilas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Japhet-Mathias - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Spivey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Eggleston - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 63 33 13 9 5 12 18 25/65 4/17 9/15 9 24
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
O. Yurtseven 28 22 8 0 0 1 0 2 9/16 2/6 2/2 2 6
T. Dorn 32 11 6 1 2 0 4 2 4/10 0/3 3/4 2 4
B. Beverly 34 10 5 9 0 0 2 4 3/6 2/4 2/2 1 4
A. Freeman 17 5 2 2 1 0 2 2 2/7 0/2 1/1 1 1
A. Abu 13 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
O. Yurtseven 28 22 8 0 0 1 0 2 9/16 2/6 2/2 2 6
T. Dorn 32 11 6 1 2 0 4 2 4/10 0/3 3/4 2 4
B. Beverly 34 10 5 9 0 0 2 4 3/6 2/4 2/2 1 4
A. Freeman 17 5 2 2 1 0 2 2 2/7 0/2 1/1 1 1
A. Abu 13 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 1/3 0/1 0/0 0 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Johnson 27 13 6 4 2 1 1 4 4/8 2/4 3/7 1 5
L. Batts Jr. 23 7 6 1 0 0 1 2 2/6 1/4 2/4 2 4
L. Freeman 18 2 6 0 1 1 1 1 1/4 0/0 0/0 1 5
S. Hunt 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 0
S. Newman 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
S. Kirk - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 72 40 18 6 4 12 17 26/62 7/26 13/20 10 30