N.C. State shows balance in season opener

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Terry Henderson scored 23 points to help North Carolina State beat Georgia Southern 81-79 on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

All five starters scored in double figures for the Wolfpack, who won despite shooting 4 of 24 from 3-point range.

Maverick Rowan scored 17 points for N.C. State and Abdul-Malik Abu had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Torin Dorn added 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Wolfpack. He scored in the lane with 3:47 left to put N.C. State ahead for good at 68-67.

Tookie Brown had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead Georgia Southern. Ike Smith added 20 points for the Eagles.

Highly touted freshman Dennis Smith scored 11 points on 3-of-13 shooting from the field for N.C. State.

Georgia Southern led 66-60 with just over six minutes to play, but N.C. State answered with a 10-1 run to seize control.