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NC State tops Penn State in Boardwalk Classic, 89-78

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) Six minutes. Three hundred and sixty seconds.

It is not an especially long period of time. But to hear Penn State men's basketball coach Pat Chambers, that was the difference between his squad and North Carolina State.

Braxton Beverly scored 18 points to lead North Carolina State to an 89-78 win over Penn State in the second of four Air Force Reserve Boardwalk Classic games Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

''We have to play 40 minutes,'' Chambers said. ''We played a really, really good 34 minutes.''

Beverly was one of five players in double-figure scoring for the Wolfpack, which improved to 9-1 with its third straight win. Torin Dorn added 15 for North Carolina State. Markell Johnson and C.J. Bryce each had 13, and DJ Funderburk finished with 12.

Whereas North Carolina State appears to be developing positive traction ahead of conference play, Penn State looks to be a work in progress. The Nittany Lions dropped to 5-5 with their third loss in their last four games.

''We have a small margin for error,'' Chambers said.

Rasir Bolton led all scored with 25 points, and Josh Reaves had 15 for Penn State. Lamar Stevens chipped in with 11, and Mike Watkins had 10.

''I believe we have a really talented team,'' Chambers said.

If this was a heavyweight title fight, you could say North Carolina State absorbed a quick flurry in the middle rounds and responded with heavy body blows that staggered the Nittany Lions.

Trailing 40-37 at halftime, Penn State opened the second half by outscoring the Wolfpack 19-15 in the first 7:07, capped by Jamari Wheeler's 3-point play which gave the Nittany Lions their first lead, 56-55, since early in the first half.

That would turn out to be the high water mark for the Nittany Lions.

Following Wheeler's 3-point play, North Carolina State ripped off a 25-8 run to transform the one-point deficit to an 80-64 lead. In that stretch Beverly, Johnson and Funderburk each knocked down 3-point baskets. Beverly added three layups while Funderburk had two.

''We're relying on defense-we didn't get stops and usually we get stops,'' Chambers said. ''We missed layups-it just doesn't go in-and look, we're a little deflated so I think that was noticeable in the last five, 5 1/2 minutes.''

The teams traded baskets the rest of the way.

BIG PICTURE:

PENN STATE: When Pat Chambers studies the tape of the loss, he is going to see a familiar bugaboo: free throw shooting. In a game in which Penn State shot 42 percent from the field (27 for 64) and 35 percent from 3 (6 for 17), the Nittany Lions missed nine of 27 free throws.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE: There are few things that cause coaches to suffer headaches than turnovers. Just ask Kevin Keatts. His team entered Saturday's matinee with a +6.7 turnover margin this season (18.7 forced turnovers versus 12.0 committed turnovers). Against Penn State, though, North Carolina State committed 17 turnovers and only forced 14. With an upcoming game against No. 8 Auburn and conference play on the horizon, Keatts has to determine whether the Wolfpack's ball management issues were an outlier or a precursor of things to come.

UP NEXT:

PENN STATE: Travels to Duquesne Wednesday night.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE: Hosts No. 8 Auburn Wednesday night.

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Key Players
T. Dorn
L. Stevens
37.0 Min. Per Game 37.0
20.1 Pts. Per Game 20.1
1.9 Ast. Per Game 1.9
8.9 Reb. Per Game 8.9
54.3 Field Goal % 43.6
45.8 Three Point % 18.8
60.5 Free Throw % 77.8
  Bad pass turnover on Josh Reaves, stolen by Markell Johnson 10.0
+ 1 C.J. Bryce made 2nd of 2 free throws 16.0
+ 1 C.J. Bryce made 1st of 2 free throws 16.0
  Personal foul on Jamari Wheeler 16.0
  Defensive rebound by Torin Dorn 22.0
  Jamari Wheeler missed 2nd of 2 free throws 22.0
+ 1 Jamari Wheeler made 1st of 2 free throws 22.0
  Personal foul on Braxton Beverly 22.0
  Offensive rebound by Jamari Wheeler 23.0
  Lamar Stevens missed jump shot 25.0
  Offensive rebound by Jamari Wheeler 27.0
Team Stats
Points 89 78
Field Goals 34-56 (60.7%) 27-64 (42.2%)
3-Pointers 7-14 (50.0%) 6-17 (35.3%)
Free Throws 14-20 (70.0%) 18-27 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 40 29
Offensive 5 8
Defensive 33 19
Team 2 2
Assists 14 13
Steals 6 9
Blocks 1 2
Turnovers 17 14
Fouls 26 20
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST
25 PTS, 1 AST
12T
away team logo NC State 9-1 404989
home team logo Penn State 5-5 374178
Team Stats
away team logo NC State 9-1 81.8 PPG 42.5 RPG 16.0 APG
home team logo Penn State 5-5 68.4 PPG 39.8 RPG 12.0 APG
Key Players
10
B. Beverly G 10.3 PPG 1.5 RPG 2.8 APG 39.0 FG%
13
R. Bolton G 12.0 PPG 2.0 RPG 1.5 APG 37.4 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Beverly G 18 PTS 3 REB 5 AST
R. Bolton G 25 PTS 0 REB 1 AST
60.7 FG% 42.2
50.0 3PT FG% 35.3
70.0 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Beverly 18 3 5 7/10 3/4 1/1 4 31 0 0 1 0 3
T. Dorn 15 4 0 7/11 0/1 1/3 2 25 1 0 2 0 4
C. Bryce 13 4 0 4/4 1/1 4/6 0 30 2 0 3 1 3
W. Walker 9 8 1 4/7 1/2 0/0 4 25 0 0 1 2 6
D. Daniels 5 4 2 2/6 0/0 1/2 4 22 1 1 2 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Beverly 18 3 5 7/10 3/4 1/1 4 31 0 0 1 0 3
T. Dorn 15 4 0 7/11 0/1 1/3 2 25 1 0 2 0 4
C. Bryce 13 4 0 4/4 1/1 4/6 0 30 2 0 3 1 3
W. Walker 9 8 1 4/7 1/2 0/0 4 25 0 0 1 2 6
D. Daniels 5 4 2 2/6 0/0 1/2 4 22 1 1 2 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Johnson 13 5 5 5/7 1/3 2/2 1 22 1 0 3 1 4
D. Funderburk 12 2 0 4/4 1/1 3/4 5 13 0 0 2 1 1
E. Lockett 2 2 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 8 1 0 1 0 2
B. Harris 2 3 1 0/3 0/2 2/2 2 8 0 0 2 0 3
J. Hellems 0 3 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 2 16 0 0 0 0 3
S. Killeya-Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bates - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 89 38 14 34/56 7/14 14/20 26 200 6 1 17 5 33
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Bolton 25 0 1 6/14 3/5 10/11 3 35 3 0 3 0 0
J. Reaves 15 3 4 6/13 1/3 2/2 3 40 2 2 3 1 2
L. Stevens 11 6 0 5/12 1/3 0/1 4 22 0 0 5 0 6
M. Watkins 10 5 0 4/9 0/0 2/5 3 25 1 0 1 1 4
M. Dread 4 3 5 1/5 1/5 1/2 1 36 1 0 1 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Bolton 25 0 1 6/14 3/5 10/11 3 35 3 0 3 0 0
J. Reaves 15 3 4 6/13 1/3 2/2 3 40 2 2 3 1 2
L. Stevens 11 6 0 5/12 1/3 0/1 4 22 0 0 5 0 6
M. Watkins 10 5 0 4/9 0/0 2/5 3 25 1 0 1 1 4
M. Dread 4 3 5 1/5 1/5 1/2 1 36 1 0 1 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Wheeler 9 5 2 3/4 0/0 3/6 5 19 2 0 0 3 2
J. Harrar 2 3 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 11 0 0 0 2 1
M. Jones 2 2 1 1/5 0/1 0/0 0 12 0 0 1 0 2
S. Pierce - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Zemgulis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Hazle - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Buttrick - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Nussbaum - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Brockington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Kasatkin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. McCloskey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 78 27 13 27/64 6/17 18/27 20 200 9 2 14 8 19