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RALEIGH, N.C. – Early in Saturday’s New Year’s Eve contest between NC State and Western Carolina, both teams fought hard to snap out of a post-holiday haze. In the first five minutes, neither the Wolfpack nor Catamounts made a field goal, combining to miss nine shots.
After watching the Wolfpack miss its first five shots, first-year coach Mark Gottfried was not impressed with way his team was executing the offense, and no one in the RBC Center was happier to see the game’s first official timeout at the 15:40 mark, if only so he could remind his squad to get the ball moving.
When play resumed, the Wolfpack did just that, scoring on seven of its next eight possessions to break open the game. Most of those baskets came in transition, including 3-pointers by junior Scott Wood and senior C.J. Williams, as State poured on the points against the Catamounts throughout the rest of the first half.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Terrell Stoglin scored 24 points and Maryland defeated Samford 75-63 on Saturday, setting a season high for margin of victory.
Maryland (9-3) has won six straight and finished the month of December undefeated -- the Terrapins' last loss coming Nov. 29.
It was the ninth time in 12 games that Stoglin, the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading scorer, scored 20 points or more. He hit six 3-pointers, a career best, for the second game in a row. Maryland was 9 of 17 (52.9 percent) beyond the arc.
The Terrapins shot 50.9 percent from the floor (27 of 53) and outrebounded the Bulldogs 40-22.
STILLWATER, Okla. – Virginia Tech defeated Oklahoma State, 67-61, in Gallagher-Iba Arena on Saturday afternoon. The Hokies are now 11-3 overall, while OSU falls to 7-6 on the season.
The Hokies jumped out to an eight-point lead early in the first half and took a 28-23 lead into the intermission. The Cowboys opened in the second half on a 19-9 run and led 44-37 with 13:03 remaining. Tech then went on a 19-3 run over the next seven minutes and took a 56-47 lead on a lay-up by Robert Brown with 6:18 remaining to play.
OSU fought back and tied the game, 61-61 with 2:02 to play. Virginia Tech did not allow the Pokes to score for the remainder of the contest. Tech scored its final field goal of the game with 5:43 remaining, a jumper by Brown, but made all seven of their free throw attempts down the stretch to secure the win.
Dorenzo Hudson led the Hokies with 18 points and Erick Green added 16 points in the win. With his 18 points, Hudson reached the 1,000-career points mark at Virginia Tech. He now has 1,006 points as a Hokie. Dorian Finney-Smith grabbed 10 rebounds and Jarell Eddie added nine points and seven rebounds. Keiton Page led all scorers with 21 points and Brian Williams added 14 points in the loss for OSU.