Warren, NC State Cruise Past Xavier
Warren, NC State Cruise Previous Xavier
DAYTON, Ohio – Two missed pictures, two fast fouls. T.J. Warren's second likelihood on the NCAA tournament did not begin very nicely at all.
It ended with the ACC's prime participant placing on a show.
The exhausting-to-guard sophomore ahead scored 16 of his 25 factors within the second half on Tuesday night, exhibiting why he was chosen as the ACC's player of the 12 months, and North Carolina State led many of the manner in a 74-59 victory over Xavier within the NCAA event's First 4.
N.C. State (22-12) didn't have a lot time to celebrate. The 12th-seeded Wolfpack headed to the airport for a two-hour flight to Orlando, Fla., and a recreation on Thursday towards St. Louis in the Midwest Regional.
Warren had the most to do with it. He made up for a freshman tournament flop on the same floor a year earlier and prevented Xavier (21-14) from getting any traction in the second half.
"I simply needed to come back out and be aggressive," said Warren, who was 10 of 18 from the sphere. "My photographs would not fall in the first half, but my teammates did a terrific job of finding me."
No shock there.
"Finally in a 40-minute recreation, he's going to find a way," coach Mark Gottfried mentioned.
Middle Matt Stainbrook led Xavier with 19 points and 9 rebounds regardless of an injured left knee. Main scorer Semaj Christon was restricted to 14 factors, and Xavier made only 2 of 14 shots from past the arc.
Xavier's biggest disappointment was its incapacity to decelerate the Wolfpack in the second half, when N.C. State shot 61.5 p.c from the sector.
"We weren't ourselves today on defense," Strainbrook said. "We construct our identity on defense. After we cannot get stops, it ruins every part else. Total, it was just a shambles."
Xavier was taking part in in a well-recognized enviornment less than an hour from campus. Familiar, but not totally pleasant. Fans of the Dayton Flyers – an extended-time rival – booed loudly as they took the court, making for a mixed welcome with a whole lot of Musketeer fans in the stands as well.
Warren made it all a moot point, serving to N.C. State take all the drama out of the sport over the ultimate eleven minutes. Ralston Turner added 17 factors.
The Wolfpack went six years between NCAA appearances earlier than Gottfried obtained them there three years in a row. This was his youngest and least-skilled group: Only two players with match expertise. They bought one of many last at-large bids with a robust closing run, successful five of their final six games, together with an upset of Syracuse within the ACC tournament.
Warren was the important thing. And he really wished a second likelihood at the NCAA match.
As a freshman final 12 months, he managed solely 4 points as N.C. State lost to Temple seventy six-72 on the College of Dayton Enviornment in its opening game. He's grown so much in a single year, main the ACC with 24.eight points per recreation this season and hitting the forty-level mark twice.
He got off to a bad start on Tuesday, missing his first two shots and choosing up two fouls in the first four minutes, 14 seconds. Warren checked back into the game and hit a jumper for his first factors on the eleven:29 mark.
Christon, who was Warren's roommate at Brewster Academy for one yr, stored the Musketeers in it in the course of the first half. He scored off two drives to the basket, starting an eight-1 run. Stainbrook's reverse layup trimmed it to 27-26 with 2:22 left. Jordan Vandenberg's three-level play gave N.C. State a 34-28 advantage at halftime.
Dee Davis hit Xavier's first three-pointer, and Christon scored on a quick-break lay-in that lower it to 39-37.
That is when Warren took over.
"T.J.'s a terrific player," said point guard Tyler Lewis, who had eight assists and 7 points. "We know that generally it's not going to be his greatest game. We need all people to step up and make performs. I assumed within the second half, T.J. did an incredible job of hitting some pictures."
He had a pair of pull-up jumpers, adopted by a steal and a lay-up as N.C. State rebuilt the result in fifty one-42. He had another pull-up jumper and a fast-break dunk that made it 57-forty seven with 7:56 to go. Xavier never received closer than seven factors the rest of the best way, fading down the stretch.
The largest query for Xavier was how Stainbrook's left knee would hold up. The Massive East's second-main rebounder sprained a ligament, sat out the final regular season game and was extremely limited in two Massive East convention games.
He was back in type, however Xavier did not have enough different scoring choices to maintain up.
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