Local Teams

National Basketball Association
NC State 65, Bethune-Cookman 48
When: 6:30 PM ET, Thursday, December 9, 2021
Where: James T. Valvano Arena at William Neal Reynolds, Raleigh, North Carolina
Officials: # Clare Aubry, # Jamie Luckey, # Bill Covington Jr.
Attendance: 5429

Dereon Seabron scored 16 points and North Carolina State finally put away visiting Bethune-Cookman in a 65-48 victory Thursday night in Raleigh, N.C.

NC State built an early lead but the Wildcats made enough defensive plays to stay within range.

It was the last outing for the Wolfpack (7-2) before Sunday's neutral-court matchup with top-ranked Purdue.

Terquavion Smith had 14 points and Jericole Hellems ended with 13 points.

Seabron finished with 14 of the Wolfpack's 40 rebounds, while Smith accounted for three of the team's seven successful 3-point shots.

Joe French racked up 14 points and Dylan Robertson had 10 points for Bethune-Cookman (1-8), which has yet to play a home game.

NC State held a 55-42 lead with 8 1/2 minutes remaining. But the Wolfpack went more than six minutes without another field goal. Then Smith converted a three-point play at the 2:19 mark to stretch the lead to 61-46.

That span when the Wolfpack were off the mark from the field largely corresponded with Bethune-Cookman's scoring drought that lasted more than four minutes.

NC State, which was coming off a home loss to Louisville in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener, ended up shooting 39.3 percent from the field.

The Wildcats were 2-for-13 on 3-point attempts and committed 15 turnovers. They also attempted only six free throws (making four) while shooting 36.2 percent from the floor.

NC State opened the game by scoring the first nine points. It later held a 10-point lead in the first half before Bethune-Cookman closed to 34-29 by halftime.

The game was played on campus at Reynolds Coliseum, the former main venue for the team. The Wolfpack plays at least once annually there. They're 23-2 in that gym since moving on from that as the primary home court.

This was the first meeting between the teams.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Bethune-Cookman   NC State
Joe French 14 Scoring Dereon Seabron 16
Marcus Garrett 2 Assists Jericole Hellems 5
Marcus Garrett 6 Rebounds Dereon Seabron 13
Damani McEntire 3 Free Throws Made Cam Hayes 4
Damani McEntire 2 Steals Jericole Hellems 3
Damani McEntire 1 Blocks Ebenezer Dowuona 4
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Bethune-Cookman 48 36.2 2-13 4-6 6 32 3 5 15
NC State 65 40.0 7-23 10-16 12 36 6 8 9