State shook off the road loss at Purdue and — after six early turnovers tonight — used a solid effort to defeat Wake Forest at home by a score of 78-65. For those of you keeping count in Las Vegas, the Wolfpack entered the game as a 9.5 point favorite.
State improves to 7-1 (1-0) and will be atop the ACC for at least the next month after the (very) early season league win.
Ralston Turner led State with 21 points; Lacey had 15 and Barber 14. Anya had 5 blocks. State shot 26-47 (55.3%) from the floor, but the struggles at the free throw line continued (22-33, 66.7%)
Box Score (ESPN)
After this win, the Wolfpack will be sitting somewhere around #40 in the RPI. Not a bad spot with some RPI helpers on the schedule in the coming month.
The great news is that because State won we can all point out just how awful the officiating was without complaining about losing. For those keeping score, some guy named Bill Covington was flanked by ACC ‘stalwarts’, JAMIE Luckie and Brian Dorsey. You know, the same Brian Dorsey who was on the floor the day that the ACC refs rammed NC State in the 2012 ACC Tournament that and that reportedly told Coach Gottfriend…click here.
Caleb Martin's jam closes out the @PackMensBball's 78-65 win over Wake Forest. Way to go, Pack! 1-0 in the ACC! pic.twitter.com/PgxFkDRLGK
— NC State University (@NCState) December 7, 2014