RALEIGH, N.C. – NC State would pull away in the closing minutes of the second half as Texas Southern dropped another tough road decision by 65-57 margin Sunday evening at PNC Arena.
TSU would trail six minutes into the contest but took its first lead (8-7) with 13:26 left after PJ Henry’s layup. NC State would regain the lead and pushed its margin to as much as nine (20-11) with 7:41 remaining but TSU responded with a 15-6 surge to regain a 26-25 lead after Brison Gresham’s layup with 3:01 left. NC State’s Breon Pass connected on two free throws to move the Wolfpack back ahead, but TSU fought back and closed out the half aided by PJ Henry’s five points over the final 50 seconds to claim a 31-28 halftime lead.
TSU would lead by five on two occasions within the first two minutes of the second half but NC State would tie it at 37-all at the 16:32 mark. The Tigers regained the lead (38-37) after a Karl Nicholas free throw and would hold on to the lead for nearly two minutes. After clawing back and holding a 41-37 margin right before the 14-minute mark, the Tigers hit a wall shooting wise and missed their next seven shots as NC State would reclaim and up the lead to as much as six (47-41) following Terquavion Smith’s three-pointer. The Tigers kept the game close on the defensive end before cutting its deficit in half after Bryson Etienne’s three-pointer as they trailed 47-44 with 9:11 left. The Wolfpack hit a pair of free throws with 8:49 left to move ahead 49-44 but Henry kept TSU close with another three-pointer to keep TSU within striking distance at 49-47.
However, TSU would only hit three shots over the final eight minutes while NC State went 6-of-8 to pull away for the win.
Henry led TSU with 12 points while Yahuza Rasas and Gresham had double-digit rebounds with 13 and 10, respectively.
TSU is back on the court Wednesday night at BYU for an 8 p.m. tipoff.