SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — No. 17 North Carolina State left mentor Kevin Keatts with a hoarse voice Saturday.
A potent end against the pesky Preventing Irish was the only medicine Keatts desired.
C.J. Bryce hit critical free of charge throws en route to 23 details, and the Wolfpack withstood many second-50 percent difficulties from Notre Dame in a 77-73 victory.
“Excuse my voice — I am glad to get out of here with a earn,” Keatts joked right after N.C. State (15-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coastline Conference) used four free of charge throws from Devon Daniels in the last 32 seconds to keep off the Preventing Irish (11-7, 1-4). “I considered we finished the game.”
That wasn’t the situation very last Tuesday, when NC State fell way behind Wake Forest, tied it with about six minutes left in the second 50 percent and even now missing, 71-67.
“When we obtained down 22 against Wake and stormed back, we did not end the game,” Keatts stated. “Give Devon a great deal of credit score — he made four seriously good free of charge throws at the end. (The Preventing Irish) are rough. We knew coming in we had to defend all five positions. We knew coming in we had to defend the 3-position line.”
T.J. Gibbs made three free of charge throws and fed John Mooney for a dunk to pull the Irish within 75-73 with 12.3 seconds left. But Daniels made his last two free of charge throws, and the Wolfpack prevailed.
Bryce hit 9 of 14 shots, which includes all five of his 3-position tries. Torin Dorn had 13 details with 9 rebounds, and Derek Funderburk added 11 details.
Mooney had his ACC-leading 10th double-double with 19 details and 16 rebounds, and freshman Dane Goodwin tied his profession-large with 19 details – 17 in the second 50 percent on 7-of-9 capturing, which includes a pair of 3-tips. Gibbs had 13 details and D.J. Harvey added 10 for the Irish, who made just 7 of 28 3-tips (25 percent) and shot 24 of 59 from the discipline (40.7 percent).
“To beat one of the far better groups in this league, we are heading to have to shoot far better than 40 percent,” Brey stated. “(The Wolfpack) are seriously gifted offensively, and they beat us up in the paint. We battled, but they had been gentlemen and we are a little youthful.”
NC State: The Wolfpack set time lows in discipline-target share (37 percent) and 3-position capturing (20.7 percent) in the 71-67 reduction at Wake Forest. They beat the Irish with 43.5 percent capturing, which includes 36.8 percent from deep, which includes the 5-for-5 hard work by Bryce, who also performed for Keatts at UNC Wilmington.
“I have been waiting around on (Bryce),” Keatts stated. “That is the man who performed well (at UNC Wilmington) when he performed for me. This was, by considerably, his best game in an NC State uniform.”
Notre Dame: Preventing Irish all over again endured scoring droughts at inopportune situations — heading 2:31 even though hitting 2 of 12 in the to start with 50 percent, then pulling within one with 8:26 to participate in and heading more than three minutes without having a discipline target.
As Winter season Storm Harper chilled the area, the significantly less-than-potential crowd at the Purcell Pavilion celebrated by carrying Hawaiian shirts and leis. 1 enterprising university student even introduced a surfboard to the game.
NC State: At Louisville on Thursday.
Notre Dame: At Ga Tech on Tuesday.