NC State tops Penn State 72-55
Associated Press
2012-11-16 10:24 AM
Tim Frazier scored 23 points, but Penn State couldn't overcome the 22 and eight rebounds from T.J. Warren in No. 6 North Carolina State's 72-55 win Thursday in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tipoff on Thursday.

C.J. Leslie had 14 points and Rodney Purvis added 12 points for the Wolfpack (2-0). Purvis was 3 for 3 on 3-pointers and N.C. State shot 8 for 16 from beyond the arc.

"They play with an inherent confidence and are very good defensively," Nittany Lions coach Patrick Chambers said. "They're No.6 in the nation for a reason."

D.J. Newbill had 13 points and Jermaine Marshall added 11 points for Penn State (1-1), which shot 3 for 19 on 3-pointers.

"They put the ball in Frazier's hands so much," N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. "When he penetrated and pitched it to somebody else, for the most part we got a hand up and covered the shooters pretty good, and they had a lot of tough shots."

Leading 37-30 early in the second half, N.C. State went on a 10-0 run to put the game away. Leslie had five points in the run and also assisted on Richard Howell's 3-point play.

Warren had five points in the Wolfpack's 10-2 run early in the first half.

Frazier, one of the Big Ten's top point guards, finished 6 of 20 shooting from the field but 10 of 11 from the foul line.

"Frazier is still trying to figure out when to shoot and when to pass," Chambers said. "I tell him to look to score first. Then you will see all the solutions you can see."

N.C. State will face the winner of the Providence-Massachusetts game in a second-round contest Friday, while Penn State will take on the loser.

"I think we will be all right by January. I really do. I like my team," Chambers said. "That's the goal of the nonconference, play teams like this, prepare yourself to play in the Big Ten."

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