NC State lights up scoreboard against South Carolina State

Pack sets PNC record with 31 assists

North Carolina State Wolfpack head coach Kevin Keatts calls a play in the second half of the college basketball game between the North Carolina State Wolfpack and the Charleston Southern Buccaneers at PNC Arena in Raleigh, November 12, 2017. The North Carolina State Wolfpack defeated the Charleston Southern Buccaneers 78 - 56. (Eamon Queeney / North State Journal)

NC State set the PNC Arena record for assists in a game in its 103-71 win over South Carolina State. The Pack dished out 31 assists and posted its third-highest points output in the 18-year history of the building.

“I thought our guys played a very good ballgame,” coach Kevin Keatts said. “We did a lot of good things, especially on the offensive end. We had 41 made field goals and assisted on 31 of them. I think we got great contributions from everybody who came into the game.”

After fighting back from an early 11-0 deficit against Penn State in their previous game, the Wolfpack came out on fire against South Carolina State. The Pack scored the first 14 points and led 22-5 at one point.

“It took a lot of yelling,” Keatts joked about the improved start. “We’ve had three games here that I didn’t think we started well. As coach, I kind of focus on it. I wanted us to get out in transition and get easy baskets.”

Lennard Freeman and Omer Yurtseven took advantage of a smaller South Carolina team inside. Freeman had 19 points and five rebounds, while Yurtseven added 17 and eight.

“He’s getting better,” Keatts said of Yurtseven. “Omer is a student of the game. He’s starting to listen more and understand how to score and stay on the floor. … Our post guys have gotten better every game. I told the team Omer and Lennard had 22 points at halftime, so we should keep getting them the ball.”

Torin Dorn added a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

“I challenged him,” Keatts said. “When you’re playing small basketball, with a guy like him at power forward, for him to be able to rebound like that (is big). I’m happy for him.”

The Wolfpack heads into a lighter portion of the schedule while the school has final exams. State has just two games through Dec. 16.

“I think we’re getting there,” Keatts said. “As a coach, you’re never satisfied. I still think we’re a long way away.”