MERCER
3-3
74
TF 15
FINAL
End
2nd
ESP3
Sat Nov. 24
5:30pm
BONUS
78
TF 16
ML: +1610
NCST -19.5, O/U 149.5
ML: -2981
MERCER
NCST

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Dorn leads NC State past Mercer, 78-74

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Torin Dorn scored 19 points, Eric Lockett made two key free throws in the final seconds and North Carolina State held on to beat Mercer 78-74 on Saturday night.

C.J. Bryce added 17 points and Markell Johnson had 16 to help the Wolfpack (6-0). They shot 45 percent, led by 15 with 7 1/2 minutes to play and withstood Mercer's late rally to begin a season with six straight wins for the first time since 2014-15.

''Not every game is going to be a blowout,'' Dorn said. ''We're going to play a lot of close games this season and we've got to be ready for that and be able to play and win those games too.''

Djordje Dimitrijevic had 25 points to lead the Bears (3-3). After Braxton Beverly missed two free throws with 14.9 seconds to play, Dimitrijevic went coast to coast for a layup that made it 76-74.

Mercer then fouled Lockett, who hit two free throws with 5.5 seconds remaining to effectively seal it.

Jaylen Stowe had 15 points and Ross Cummings finished with 13 for the Bears, who shot 52 percent.

BIG PICTURE

Mercer: The Bears had won three of four entering their first matchup with a power-conference opponent, and could have packed it in after allowing the Wolfpack to begin the second half with a 15-2 run that left them down by 18. With Southern Conference play fast approaching, they can build on their late-game rally in Raleigh.

''Our guys played their tails off,'' Mercer coach Bob Hoffman said. ''They gave everything they could to me. I wish I could have helped them a little more to finish it. (N.C. State coach Kevin) Keatts made a couple of good adjustments and we made some. They just made the last adjustment that worked.''

N.C. State: The Wolfpack haven't been tested much during their early-season winning streak, winning their first five games by an average of nearly 39 points. They proved capable of handling their first real dose of late-game pressure, and that should help them going forward - when the degree of difficulty increases significantly with games against No. 25 Wisconsin and No. 8 Auburn in the near future.

''We needed a game where we had to really finish the game,'' Keatts said. ''When you look at the first five games we played, they were a little lopsided. We did have the opportunity to try and execute at the end of the game.''

KEY STATS

N.C. State shot just 55 percent (16 of 29) from the free-throw line. ... Mercer made just three of its 12 3-pointers. ... Dimitrijevic hit all 11 of his free throws. ... The Bears had as many turnovers (23) as they did made field goals but kept themselves in the game by hitting 25 of 34 free throws.

QUICK HITS

Bryce, a transfer from UNC Wilmington, reached the 1,000-point mark for his career. ... Dorn has led the Wolfpack in scoring in five of the six games.

WELCOME BACK

Mercer had reason to feel comfortable at PNC Arena. This was the site of the biggest victory in program history - a 78-71 upset of third-seeded Duke as a No. 14 seed in their 2014 NCAA Tournament opener.

UP NEXT

Mercer: Plays host to Brewton-Parker of the NAIA on Tuesday night.

N.C. State: Visits Wisconsin on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Marcus Cohen missed layup 1.0
+ 1 Eric Lockett made 2nd of 2 free throws 5.0
+ 1 Eric Lockett made 1st of 2 free throws 5.0
  Personal foul on Ethan Stair 5.0
+ 2 Djordje Dimitrijevic made layup 7.0
  Defensive rebound by Jaylen Stowe 15.0
  Braxton Beverly missed 2nd of 2 free throws 15.0
  Braxton Beverly missed 1st of 2 free throws 15.0
  Personal foul on Djordje Dimitrijevic 15.0
+ 2 Djordje Dimitrijevic made layup 18.0
+ 1 Torin Dorn made 2nd of 2 free throws 29.0
Team Stats
Points 74 78
Field Goals 23-44 (52.3%) 27-60 (45.0%)
3-Pointers 3-12 (25.0%) 8-27 (29.6%)
Free Throws 25-34 (73.5%) 16-29 (55.2%)
Total Rebounds 35 30
Offensive 3 13
Defensive 25 15
Team 7 2
Assists 9 12
Steals 5 8
Blocks 0 2
Turnovers 22 11
Fouls 28 26
Technicals 0 0
25 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
19 PTS, 9 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Mercer 3-3 324274
home team logo NC State 6-0 374178
Team Stats
away team logo Mercer 3-3 74.4 PPG 37.4 RPG 12.5 APG
home team logo NC State 6-0 86.7 PPG 44.1 RPG 17.3 APG
Key Players
0
D. Dimitrijevic G 11.4 PPG 2.5 RPG 2.2 APG 46.3 FG%
2
T. Dorn G 14.3 PPG 7.1 RPG 1.5 APG 50.0 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Dimitrijevic G 25 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
T. Dorn G 19 PTS 9 REB 1 AST
52.3 FG% 45.0
25.0 3PT FG% 29.6
73.5 FT% 55.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Dimitrijevic 25 7 1 7/10 0/2 11/11 4 32 1 0 5 0 7
J. Stowe 15 3 1 5/8 0/1 5/7 4 25 2 0 3 0 3
R. Cummings 13 3 1 3/8 2/4 5/7 5 31 1 0 1 0 3
E. Stair 8 5 1 3/5 1/2 1/2 4 36 0 0 3 1 4
C. Kilby 4 8 1 1/4 0/3 2/3 3 35 0 0 1 1 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Dimitrijevic 25 7 1 7/10 0/2 11/11 4 32 1 0 5 0 7
J. Stowe 15 3 1 5/8 0/1 5/7 4 25 2 0 3 0 3
R. Cummings 13 3 1 3/8 2/4 5/7 5 31 1 0 1 0 3
E. Stair 8 5 1 3/5 1/2 1/2 4 36 0 0 3 1 4
C. Kilby 4 8 1 1/4 0/3 2/3 3 35 0 0 1 1 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Cohen 6 1 4 3/6 0/0 0/2 4 21 0 0 5 0 1
V. Bafutto - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Hamilton 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
C. Williamson 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
F. Aimaq 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 3 1 0
D. Peavy 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 3 0 0 1 0 0
D. Love 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
M. Bender - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Prendergast - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Cuddy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Urey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 74 28 9 23/44 3/12 25/34 28 192 5 0 22 3 25
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Dorn 19 9 1 7/15 0/1 5/9 2 30 3 0 0 5 4
C. Bryce 17 4 0 7/12 1/5 2/4 2 34 2 0 0 3 1
M. Johnson 16 1 3 6/10 4/8 0/0 4 30 1 0 2 0 1
W. Walker 4 2 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 3 16 0 1 2 1 1
B. Beverly 1 1 4 0/4 0/4 1/4 2 23 0 0 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Dorn 19 9 1 7/15 0/1 5/9 2 30 3 0 0 5 4
C. Bryce 17 4 0 7/12 1/5 2/4 2 34 2 0 0 3 1
M. Johnson 16 1 3 6/10 4/8 0/0 4 30 1 0 2 0 1
W. Walker 4 2 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 3 16 0 1 2 1 1
B. Beverly 1 1 4 0/4 0/4 1/4 2 23 0 0 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Daniels 9 3 2 2/8 1/5 4/6 2 23 2 0 3 0 3
E. Lockett 4 0 0 1/2 0/1 2/2 3 12 0 0 1 0 0
B. Harris 3 1 1 1/2 1/2 0/0 2 5 0 0 1 1 0
J. Hellems 3 2 0 1/2 1/1 0/0 1 8 0 1 1 1 1
D. Funderburk 2 5 0 0/2 0/0 2/4 4 19 0 0 1 2 3
S. Killeya-Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bates - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Steere - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. McCluney - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 78 28 12 27/60 8/27 16/29 26 200 8 2 11 13 15