College Basketball Roundup: Joiner’s 26, Burns’ double-double lead No. 22 NC State past Boston College

ECU's game was postponed after the sudden passing of its radio announcer

NC State's Terquavion Smith bumps into Boston College's Makai Ashton-Langford during the Wolfpack's win Saturday in Boston. (Mark Stockwell / AP Photo)

BOSTON — Terquavion Smith didn’t realize he had reached 1,000 career points until NC State coach Kevin Keatts announced it in the locker room after the game.

His teammates were waiting and ready, drenching the sophomore guard with water after he scored 17 points to hit the milestone in the No. 22 Wolfpack’s otherwise unremarkable 92-62 victory over Boston College on Saturday.

“It was crazy for him,” said Jarkel Joiner, who scored 26 points to help NC State bounce back from a loss to No. 8 Virginia. “It was like he came out of a pool.”

Smith bypassed a chance to go to the NBA after his first year and returned to Raleigh, where he is leading the Wolfpack and is second in the ACC in scoring with 18.5 points per game. He needed 17 points to reach 1,000 — and hit it exactly — in his 58th career game,

“He scores so much, he doesn’t even worry about how many points. I mean, as far as he knows, he might have had 1,000 six games ago,” Keatts said. “But you’re talking about a good kid, who has given everything he could to NC State.”

Smith hit the milestone on a 3-pointer about one minute into the second half that gave the Wolfpack a 15-point lead. He didn’t celebrate then — because he didn’t know.

“Coach just told me after the game. He surprised me, myself,” said Smith, who accepted the congratulations of his teammates with a smile. “I got water all over me. It was very cold.”

Joiner made 10 of 17 shots — including five of 11 from 3-point range — and added six rebounds to follow up a 2-for-14 shooting performance against Virginia. He went 1-for-6 from the floor the previous game, against Georgia Tech.

“We know what Jarkel is capable of,” Keatts said. “It was so good to see him bounce back.”

D.J. Burns Jr. scored 18 points with 10 rebounds for the Wolfpack, who led nearly the entire game.

Quinten Post scored 20 points for Boston College (12-14, 6-9).

NC State led 10-9 after five minutes before using a 13-4 run to open it up. It was a six-point lead when Joiner hit back-to-back 3-pointers. The Wolfpack went into the halftime break up 44-32.

Casey Morsell and Joiner hit consecutive 3s early in the second to expand the lead to 21 points. Morsell was 5 of 8 from 3-point range, and the Wolfpack made 15 of 30 from beyond the arc in all.

NC State visits Syracuse on Tuesday night.

East Carolina game postponed after death of radio voice Jeff Charles

GREENVILLE — East Carolina didn’t play its men’s basketball at Tulane on Saturday after the death of Pirates radio announcer Jeff Charles while with the team Friday in New Orleans.

In a statement Friday, East Carolina said any rescheduling decision was yet to be determined.

Charles had worked as the team’s “Voice of the Pirates” for more than 30 years, calling 15 football bowl games and more than 1,000 basketball games.

The school’s statement offered no details on Charles’ death, while TV station WNCT of Greenville described it only as due to a “medical incident” that required attention from ECU trainers and then emergency personnel. WNCT reported that the team was scheduled to travel back to Greenville on Saturday.

WNCT said Charles was 70 years old.

Charles was named the North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year in 2000 and 2013 by the National Sports Media Association. The Ohio native had previously worked at Virginia Tech, Illinois and Furman, as well as serving as sports director at WSB in Atlanta with a nighttime sports talk show.

Gardner-Webb 77, Campbell 73 (2OT)

BOILING SPRINGS — Lucas Stieber scored on a layup with just over a minute left and Julien Soumaoro added two free throws in the final seconds of the second overtime period to lift Gardner-Webb past Campbell 77-73 on Saturday.

Quest Aldridge scored 16 points to lead the Runnin’ Bulldogs (15-11, 10-4 Big South Conference). Kareem Reid scored 15 points and added 12 rebounds. DQ Nicholas finished with 13 points to help Gardner-Webb extended its winning streak to seven games.

Ricky Clemons led the Fighting Camels (11-15, 6-8) in scoring, finishing with 18 points and four assists. Anthony Dell’Orso added 17 points, eight rebounds and three steals for Campbell. In addition, Joshua Lusane had 13 points and three steals.

Both teams next play Wednesday. Gardner-Webb hosts Winthrop while Campbell hosts Charleston Southern.

UNC 91, Clemson 71

CHAPEL HILL — Caleb Love hit a career-tying six 3-pointers and scored 23 points, Armando Bacot had 19 points and 11 rebounds and UNC beat Clemson 91-71 on Saturday.

Bacot posted his 15th double-double of the season and 64th of his career as the Tar Heels (16-9, 8-6 ACC) snapped a three-game losing streak. RJ Davis added four 3-pointers and 17 points. The Tar Heels made a season-high tying 15 of 33 3-point attempts and shot 48% overall.

PJ Hall scored 18 points, Chase Hunter added 15 but on 3-of-16 shooting and Brevin Galloway added 10 for the Tigers (18-7, 10-4), who lost their third straight and dropped out of a first-place tie. Leading scorer Hunter Tyson had an early 3-pointer to go over 1,000 career points but that was all he got, taking just two shots in 32 minutes against the defense of Leaky Black.

Bacot restored a double-digit lead with the first basket of the second half and the Tar Heels, hitting eight of their first nine shots, built a 19-point bulge with the aid of four 3-pointers, two from Love. The lead remained in double figures and reached 25 with 6:23 to go after an 11-0 run that included 3-pointers by Puff Johnson, Love and Davis.

UNC hosts to Miami on Monday.

Wake Forest 71, Georgia Tech 70

WINSTON-SALEM — Cameron Hildreth hit 9 of 12 from the free-throw line and scored 19 points, Tyree Appleby had four of his 16 points in the final 13 seconds and Wake Forest beat Georgia Tech 71-70 Saturday night.

Dallan “Deebo” Coleman hit a 3-pointer with three minutes to play and Deivon Smith followed with a jumper to give Georgia Tech a 68-63 lead with 2:07 remaining. Appleby answered with a jumper 19 seconds later, Andrew Carr added two free throws and Appleby got into the lane, pivoted three times and then tossed up a finger roll that hung on the front of the rim before dropping in to give the Demon Deacons a one-point lead with 13 seconds left. Smith responded with a layup that made it 70-69 with 7.0 seconds left, but Appleby got into the lane, drew a foul with 2.4 seconds to go and made both free throws to cap the scoring.

Appleby, who finished with six assists and two steals, made just two of his first 11 shots but went 3 for 3 from the field and 2 for 2 from the foul line in the final six minutes for Wake Forest (17-9, 9-6). Bobi Klintman added 11 points.

Georgia Tech (9-15, 2-12 ACC), which beat Notre Dame 70-68 last time out to snap a nine-game skid, has lost 12 of its last 14 games.

Smith led the Yellow Jackets with 15 points and Ja’von Franklin added 14 points and a career-best 15 rebounds.

Hildreth scored eight points in a 16-2 run that gave Wake Forest an 11-point lead with 13 minutes left in the first half, but the Yellow Jackets scored 18 of the next 23 points — including seven from Jalon Moore — to take a 23-21 lead six minutes later.

Wake Forest has won three straight games following a four-game losing streak.

Wake Forest is off until a road matchup with No. 19 Miami next Saturday.

UNC Asheville 76, Presbyterian 72

CLINTON, S.C. — Tajion Jones scored 21 points as UNC Asheville beat Presbyterian 76-72 on Saturday.

Jones added eight rebounds for the Bulldogs (20-7, 12-2 Big South Conference). Nicholas McMullen scored 18 points and added five rebounds. Drew Pember finished with 15 points.

The Blue Hose (5-22, 1-13) were led in scoring by Marquis Barnett, who finished with 21 points and four assists. Presbyterian also got 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists from Trevon Reddish. Kobe Stewart also put up 12 points. The loss was the Blue Hose’s 13th straight.

UNC Asheville plays Thursday against Radford on the road, while Presbyterian hosts High Point on Wednesday.

North Carolina Central 83, Morgan State 63

DURHAM — Justin Wright’s 25 points helped North Carolina Central defeat Morgan State 83-63 on Saturday night.

Wright added 11 rebounds for the Eagles (11-11, 4-4 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference). Brendan Medley-Bacon scored 17 points and added eight rebounds and six blocks. Kris Monroe recorded 14 points.

Lewis Djonkam led the way for the Bears (12-12, 5-4) with 19 points, six rebounds and two steals. Morgan State also got 16 points and five steals from Isaiah Burke. Kameron Hobbs added 14 points.

UNC Wilmington 71, Northeastern 59

WILMINGTON — Trazarien White had 23 points in UNC Wilmington’s 71-59 victory against Northeastern on Saturday night.

White also added seven rebounds for the Seahawks (20-7, 10-4 Colonial Athletic Association). Amari Kelly scored 14 points and added seven rebounds. Shykeim Phillips recorded 14 points.

The Huskies (8-16, 4-9) were led by Jahmyl Telfort, who recorded 18 points. Joe Pridgen added 14 points for Northeastern. Coleman Stucke also recorded 10 points. The loss was the Huskies’ sixth in a row.

UNC Wilmington’s next game is Thursday against Drexel on the road.

Elon 66, William & Mary 55

ELON — Max Mackinnon’s 22 points helped Elon defeat William & Mary 66-55 on Saturday.

Mackinnon added nine rebounds for the Phoenix (6-20, 4-9 Colonial Athletic Association). Sean Halloran scored 18 points and Sam Sherry finished with 14 points.

The Tribe (9-17, 4-9) were led in scoring by Tyler Rice, who finished with 13 points. William & Mary also got 12 points from Miguel Ayesa and 11 points from Ben Wight.

Bellarmine 88, Queens 84

CHARLOTTE — Ben Johnson scored 29 points as Bellarmine beat Queens 88-84 on Saturday.

Johnson shot 11 for 16, including 7 for 9 from beyond the arc for the Knights (12-15, 7-7 Atlantic Sun Conference). Garrett Tipton scored 22 points and added five assists. Langdon Hatton added 14 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

AJ McKee led the way for the Royals (16-11, 6-8) with 24 points and four assists. Queens also got 23 points from Kenny Dye. In addition, BJ McLaurin finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Stony Brook 69, North Carolina A&T 59

STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Keenan Fitzmorris scored 14 points as Stony Brook beat North Carolina A&T 69-59 on Saturday.

Fitzmorris added nine rebounds for the Seawolves (9-17, 5-8 Colonial Athletic Association). Tyler Stephenson-Moore scored 14 points and added six rebounds, and Frankie Policelli finished with 12 points.

Kam Woods finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists for the Aggies (12-15, 7-7). Demetric Horton added 12 points and six steals for N.C. A&T. Marcus Watson also put up 10 points.

Furman 93, Western Carolina 59

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Jalen Slawson scored 17 points and Furman beat Western Carolina 93-59 on Saturday.

Slawson added eight rebounds for the Paladins (21-6, 12-2 Southern Conference). Marcus Foster added 17 points and had seven rebounds. Mike Bothwell finished with 16 points to help the Paladins pick up their eighth straight win.

Tre Jackson led the way for the Catamounts (14-13, 7-7) with 27 points. DJ Campbell added 12 points for Western Carolina. In addition, Vonterius Woolbright finished with eight points and eight rebounds.

The Paladins remain tied for first place with Samford, a half game ahead of UNC Greensboro.

Fordham 73, Davidson 71

DAVIDSON — Darius Quisenberry scored 21 points as Fordham beat Davidson 73-71 on Saturday, reaching 20 wins for the first time since the 1990-91 season.

The Rams improved to 20-5, including 8-4 in the Atlantic 10. Khalid Moore scored 20 points and added nine rebounds.

The Wildcats (11-13, 4-8) were led by Foster Loyer, who posted 26 points. Desmond Watson added 10 points and nine rebounds for Davidson.

North Texas 67, Charlotte 43

DENTON, Texas — Abou Ousmane’s 14 points helped North Texas defeat Charlotte 67-43 on Saturday night.

Ousmane finished 7 of 10 from the floor for the Mean Green (21-5, 12-3 Conference USA). Rubin Jones scored 13 points and added five assists. Tylor Perry was 4 for 5 from beyond the arc to finish with 12 points while adding six rebounds. It was the sixth straight victory for the Mean Green.

The 49ers (14-11, 5-9) were led in scoring by Aly Khalifa, who finished with 14 points. Charlotte also got eight points from Josh Aldrich. In addition, Lu’Cye Patterson finished with seven points.

Charlotte hosts Western Kentucky on Thursday.

South Alabama 74, Appalachian State 57

MOBILE, Ala. — Isaiah Moore’s 16 points helped South Alabama defeat Appalachian State 74-57 on Saturday night.

Moore finished 7 of 15 from the floor for the Jaguars (12-14, 6-8 Sun Belt Conference). Tyrell Jones scored 15 points and added six rebounds. Owen White finished with 14 points.

Donovan Gregory led the Mountaineers (14-13, 7-7) in scoring, finishing with 14 points, four assists and two steals. Terence Harcum added 11 points and two steals for Appalachian State. Justin Abson finished with 10 points.

Appalachian State hosts Texas State on Thursday.

Longwood 70, High Point 67

AMHERST, Mass. — Isaiah Wilkins’ 21 points helped Longwood defeat High Point 70-67 on Saturday night.

Jaden House and Bryson Childress each missed a 3-pointer for High Point to end it.

Wilkins was 7-of-13 shooting and 5 for 5 from the line for the Lancers (18-9, 10-4 Big South Conference). Zac Watson scored 11 points, while Walyn Napper recorded nine points.

Abdoulaye Thiam led the way for the Panthers (11-15, 3-11) with 17 points. High Point also got 15 points and two blocks from Zach Austin. House also put up 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

High Point travels to play Presbyterian on Wednesday.