N.C. State handles UMass

T.J. Warren had 21 points to lead No. 6 North Carolina State to

a 94-76 win over UMass at the Puerto Rico Tipoff on Friday.

Richard Howell added 19 points and nine rebounds and Lorenzo

Brown had 11 points and 10 assists for the Wolfpack (3-0), who had

five players score in double figures and shot 8 for 18 from 3-point


”Everybody was making shots and finding the open man,” Warren

said. “It started on defense for us. It was good for everybody. I’m

glad the older guys finally got into it and were making shots. I’m

happy for them.”

N.C. State will play Oklahoma State in the championship game of

the tournament on Sunday.

Jesse Morgan had 15 points for UMass (2-1). Chaz Williams and

Terrell Vinson each added 13 points for the Minutemen. Vinson had a

tip-in as time expired in UMass’ 77-75 win over Providence on

Thursday night.

”That was a very good N.C. State team,” UMass coach Derek

Kellogg said. ”They’re not rated No. 6 in the country and picked

to win the ACC for any reason other than they are a good basketball


”They were a tough out for us today. They handled our pressure

pretty well and did a good job on the boards. They do more of the

little things you have to do to win basketball games – knock down

open shots, make free throws, box out on free throws.”

Scott Wood hit four 3-pointers for the Wolfpack in the first

half, the first capping a 12-2 run for North Carolina State to

start the game.

Maxie Esho’s dunk cut the deficit to 16-14 for the Minutemen

with 13:43 left, but North Carolina State opened up a lead again

and Wood hit his other 3s in a 12-4 run that closed the half and

put the Wolfpack up 48-32.

”It was a good win for us,” N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried

said. ”I thought we handled our game plan pretty well – attacking

their full-court pressure and taking the opportunities that were

there. We slowed down when we needed to slow down and did a good

job managing that type of game.”