College Basketball Roundup: NC State makes 10 3s, beats Louisville

Queens improved to 10-3 with another win

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RALEIGH — Casey Morsell scored 15 points from five 3-pointers and NC State pulled away early in the second half to beat Louisville 76-64 on Thursday night for its third straight win.

Terquavion Smith made three 3-pointers, Morsell added two more and Jack Clark converted a three-point play during a 20-2 run that gave NC State a 53-35 lead with 13:05 remaining. Louisville pulled within 10 points twice inside the final two minutes but didn’t get closer.

D.J. Burns Jr. scored 17 points to lead NC State (11-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), which shot 10 of 26 from 3-point range and had 11 points from 17 turnovers.

Smith and Clark finished with 14 points apiece and combined for 11 of the Wolfpack’s 17 assists. Smith also made three 3-pointers. Jarkel Joiner added 13 points.

Sydney Curry had 16 points for Louisville (2-11, 0-3). El Ellis scored 10 of his 15 points from the free-throw line. Brandon Huntley-Hatfield added 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Queens 82, Fairleigh Dickinson 73

TEANECK, N.J. — AJ McKee scored 20 points as Queens beat Fairleigh Dickinson 82-73 on Thursday night.

McKee shot 8 for 13, including 4 for 7 from beyond the arc for the Royals (10-3). Kenny Dye added 19 points with five rebounds and nine assists. Kalib Mathews had 12 points.

Demetre Roberts finished with 21 points and two steals for the Knights (6-8). Ansley Almonor added 17 points and six rebounds for Fairleigh Dickinson. Sebastien Lamaute also had 14 points and three steals.

Eastern Kentucky 68, UNC Greensboro 64

RICHMOND, Ky. — Devontae Blanton scored 19 points to help Eastern Kentucky defeat UNC Greensboro 68-64 on Thursday.

Blanton also added six rebounds and five assists for the Colonels (7-6). Michael Moreno added 16 points and six rebounds. John Ukomadu finished with eight points.

The Spartans (6-7) were led in scoring by Dante Treacy, who finished with 15 points. Mikeal Brown-Jones added 12 points for UNC Greensboro. In addition, Bas Leyte finished with 10 points.

New Mexico State 85, N.C. A&T 76

EL PASO, Texas — Marchelus Avery’s 20 points helped New Mexico State defeat North Carolina A&T 85-76 on Thursday night in a battle of the Aggies.

Avery also had 10 rebounds for the New Mexico State (7-5). Xavier Pinson scored 20 points and added five assists. Doctor Bradley recorded 15 points.

Demetric Horton led the way for N.C. A&T (5-8) with 23 points and eight rebounds. Marcus Watson added 20 points, and Kam Woods also put up 13 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.

UAB 76, Charlotte 68

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Jordan Walker’s 25 points helped UAB defeat Charlotte 76-68 on Thursday night.

Walker also added five rebounds for the Blazers (10-2). Eric Gaines added 15 points while making 3 for 4 from 3-point range and also had five assists. Trey Jemison recorded 12 points and 12 rebounds.

The 49ers (9-3) were led in scoring by Aly Khalifa, who finished with 17 points and six rebounds. Charlotte also got 14 points from Brice Williams. The 49ers ended a five-game winning streak with the loss.