Abu scores 25 points; Wolfpack beat Montana at Paradise Jam
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) Abdul-Malik Abu scored 25 points, and North Carolina State pulled away in the second half to beat Montana 85-72 Friday in the opening day of the Paradise Jam tournament.
Dennis Smith Jr. added 21 points and Torin Dorn had 16 for the Wolfpack (3-0), who didn't overcome a pesky Grizzlies team until midway through the second half.
Montana (0-3) had battled with N.C. State, even leading 40-38 at the half in a game that had 10 ties and 14 lead changes. But the final lead change went the Wolfpack's way, thanks to a 12-2 run that put N.C. State in command.
The Wolfpack went on to lead by as many as 16 points, going up 77-61 with 2:31 remaining on Terry Henderson's 3-pointer.
Walter Wright had 22 points, Ahmaad Rorie 15 and Sayeed Pridgett 12 for the Grizzlies.