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Beverly scores 21, NC State routs Syracuse 73-58

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Now this is how Braxton Beverly and North Carolina State expect things to go at home.

Beverly matched a career high with 21 points and N.C. State beat Syracuse 73-58 on Wednesday night.

''At home, we've got to protect our house and play with energy and passion,'' coach Kevin Keatts said.

Torin Dorn had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and DJ Funderburk added 12 points to help the Wolfpack (18-7, 6-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) win their second straight.

Frank Howard led the cold-shooting Orange (17-8, 8-4) with a season-best 21 points and Marek Dolezaj added 10. Syracuse shot just 35 percent.

''We did it on the defensive end,'' Keatts said. ''We scored 73 points, but our defense is what won the game for us.''

N.C. State shot 64 percent in the second half, pushing its lead into double figures to stay with a 14-0 run midway through the half keyed by Beverly.

In his last home game - a 47-24 loss to Virginia Tech on Feb. 2 that set all sorts of futility marks for the school and the conference - Beverly was 0 for 12 and missed nine 3s. He then hit 9 of 14 attempts from lone range in the two games preceding this one.

Then, squaring up against the Orange's trademark 2-3 zone defense, Beverly hit four of the Wolfpack's five 3-pointers while matching the scoring high he set last month in a home loss to North Carolina.

''That's the guy that I believe in,'' Keatts said. ''He could come out and go 0 for 20, and then I know the next time he comes out, he's going to play. I've never, ever questioned his ability to make shots. I love the kid. ... I wish that every kid that I recruit at N.C. State is like Braxton Beverly. Works hard, great kid, low maintenance.''

BIG PICTURE

Syracuse: The Orange just couldn't hit anything, no matter where they shot it from. Syracuse was 5 of 25 from 3-point range and made just 11 of 22 free throws - only once all season has Syracuse been worse from the line, when they shot 39 percent in a loss to Buffalo. The Orange fell to 0-6 against power-conference opponents when its overall shooting percentage was in the 30s.

''We're not winning many games shooting 20 percent from the 3 and 35 from the 2,'' coach Jim Boeheim said. ''We're just not going to win with offense like that. ... Can't miss free throws and open shots on the road, and that's what happened tonight.''

N.C. State: The Wolfpack had an uncharacteristically lonely bench, because one of the ACC's deepest groups of subs was down a couple of men after Eric Lockett (personal reasons) and Blake Harris (illness) were unavailable. N.C. State's bench combines to average 31.3 points and the three reserves Keatts used in this one came through with 21 points.

ANOTHER ABSENCE

Sacha Killeya-Jones was not on the N.C. State bench and Keatts said the Kentucky transfer ''is currently not a member of our program'' but did not elaborate. Killeya-Jones is sitting out this season to comply with NCAA transfer rules.

QUICK HITS

This was just the second road loss in conference play for Syracuse, which has a victory over No. 2 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium to its credit. . N.C. State was 20 of 24 from the free-throw line. . Dorn scored 14 points after halftime. ... All four of the Orange's ACC losses have come by double figures.

UP NEXT

Syracuse: Returns home to take on No. 16 Louisville on Feb. 20.

N.C. State: Makes the short trip across the Triangle to face No. 2 Duke on Saturday night.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Jalen Carey made jump shot, assist by Buddy Boeheim 3.0
  Defensive rebound by Marek Dolezaj 18.0
  Braxton Beverly missed 3-pt. jump shot 20.0
+ 2 Buddy Boeheim made layup 48.0
  Bad pass turnover on Markell Johnson, stolen by Robert Braswell 59.0
  Defensive rebound by Torin Dorn 1:27
  Jalen Carey missed 2nd of 2 free throws 1:27
+ 1 Jalen Carey made 1st of 2 free throws 1:27
  Shooting foul on Markell Johnson 1:27
  Defensive rebound by Bourama Sidibe 1:33
  Markell Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:35
Team Stats
Points 58 73
Field Goals 21-60 (35.0%) 24-49 (49.0%)
3-Pointers 5-25 (20.0%) 5-18 (27.8%)
Free Throws 11-22 (50.0%) 20-24 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 31 42
Offensive 10 5
Defensive 18 32
Team 3 5
Assists 8 19
Steals 10 10
Blocks 3 4
Turnovers 12 20
Fouls 19 18
Technicals 0 0
21 PTS, 1 REB
21 PTS, 4 AST
12T
away team logo Syracuse 17-8 273158
home team logo NC State 18-7 304373
Team Stats
away team logo Syracuse 17-8 69.7 PPG 38.4 RPG 12.0 APG
home team logo NC State 18-7 80.1 PPG 42.4 RPG 15.0 APG
Key Players
23
F. Howard G 8.9 PPG 2.0 RPG 2.9 APG 36.4 FG%
10
B. Beverly G 9.4 PPG 1.7 RPG 2.5 APG 36.3 FG%
Top Scorers
F. Howard G 21 PTS 1 REB 0 AST
B. Beverly G 21 PTS 0 REB 4 AST
35.0 FG% 49.0
20.0 3PT FG% 27.8
50.0 FT% 83.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
F. Howard 21 1 0 8/16 5/11 0/0 2 28 1 0 4 0 1
T. Battle 7 4 1 3/9 0/1 1/2 4 32 0 0 4 0 4
E. Hughes 6 3 3 2/10 0/5 2/4 2 23 2 1 1 1 2
P. Chukwu 2 2 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 10 0 0 0 0 2
O. Brissett 2 5 0 1/9 0/2 0/0 3 27 1 1 1 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
F. Howard 21 1 0 8/16 5/11 0/0 2 28 1 0 4 0 1
T. Battle 7 4 1 3/9 0/1 1/2 4 32 0 0 4 0 4
E. Hughes 6 3 3 2/10 0/5 2/4 2 23 2 1 1 1 2
P. Chukwu 2 2 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 10 0 0 0 0 2
O. Brissett 2 5 0 1/9 0/2 0/0 3 27 1 1 1 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Dolezaj 10 5 1 3/4 0/0 4/6 2 31 3 0 1 2 3
J. Carey 4 1 0 1/3 0/2 2/4 1 9 0 0 1 0 1
B. Sidibe 3 6 0 1/2 0/0 1/4 4 18 0 1 0 4 2
B. Boeheim 2 1 1 1/6 0/4 0/0 0 15 0 0 0 1 0
R. Braswell 1 0 1 0/0 0/0 1/2 1 7 3 0 0 0 0
A. Autry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Belbey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Feldman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Featherston - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Paul - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Balandi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 58 28 8 21/60 5/25 11/22 19 200 10 3 12 10 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Beverly 21 0 4 4/8 4/8 9/9 2 38 0 0 0 0 0
T. Dorn 16 12 3 7/14 0/1 2/4 1 34 2 1 5 3 9
W. Walker 6 9 1 3/5 0/0 0/0 4 23 3 1 0 1 8
M. Johnson 5 3 5 2/4 1/3 0/2 2 32 1 0 5 0 3
C. Bryce 4 1 2 2/6 0/3 0/0 2 18 0 2 2 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Beverly 21 0 4 4/8 4/8 9/9 2 38 0 0 0 0 0
T. Dorn 16 12 3 7/14 0/1 2/4 1 34 2 1 5 3 9
W. Walker 6 9 1 3/5 0/0 0/0 4 23 3 1 0 1 8
M. Johnson 5 3 5 2/4 1/3 0/2 2 32 1 0 5 0 3
C. Bryce 4 1 2 2/6 0/3 0/0 2 18 0 2 2 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Funderburk 12 2 0 3/4 0/0 6/6 3 18 0 0 3 1 1
D. Daniels 7 7 3 2/7 0/3 3/3 1 26 2 0 0 0 7
J. Hellems 2 3 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 2 11 2 0 5 0 3
E. Lockett - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Killeya-Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Harris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bates - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 73 37 19 24/49 5/18 20/24 18 200 10 4 20 5 32