Joiner, NC State run past Dayton in Battle 4 Atlantis

The Wolfpack will play Butler on Friday

NC State's Terquavion Smith drives to the basket as Dayton's DaRon Holmes II during the Wolfpack’s win Thursday in the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas. (Tim Aylen / Bahamas Visual Services via AP)

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Jarkel Joiner scored 20 of his 27 points after halftime and NC State used a big second-half run to take control and beat Dayton 76-64 in Thursday’s consolation bracket at the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Joiner thrived particularly at the foul line by making 11 of 13 free throws after halftime for the Wolfpack (5-1). Terquavion Smith added 11 points, while Jack Clark had 10 points and nine rebounds.

The Wolfpack took control with a 17-0 run after trailing 39-38, starting with Dusan Mahorcic’s transition dunk. Joiner scored seven during the run, including a three-point play to cap the burst, while DJ Burns (10 points) scored twice inside.

When the run was over, NC State led 55-39 and had held the Flyers (3-3) scoreless for four critical minutes.

Both teams shot 49% and neither shot the ball well from behind the arc, with Dayton making just 6 of 22 3-pointers (27.3%) and NC State making 2 of 11 (18.2%).

It was a strong bounce-back performance for Kevin Keatts’ Wolfpack, which gave No. 3 Kansas fits for much of Wednesday’s first-round loss. But Keatts said afterward he liked how his team handled the short turnaround with no letdown, which included scoring 22 points off 18 turnovers.

Toumani Camara scored 19 points for the Flyers, who were the preseason Atlantic 10 favorite and ranked No. 21 in the AP Top 25 before falling out this week. Dayton lost 43-42 to Wisconsin on Wednesday.

The Wolfpack advanced to Friday’s fifth-place game, where NC State will face Butler. The Flyers will play BYU in the seventh-place game.