Dorn’s double-double propels N.C. State past UMKC
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Torin Dorn’s 22 points and 17 rebounds carried North Carolina State to an 88-69 victory against Missouri-Kansas City on Saturday afternoon at Reynolds Coliseum.
Dorn produced a double-double for the second game in a row as the Wolfpack (8-2) improved their winning streak to three games. He was 9-for-14 from the field.
Markell Johnson, a sophomore guard, poured in a career-high 17 points, Braxton Beverly supplied 12 points and Allerik Freeman had 10 points for N.C. State.
Aleer Leek’s 15 points paced the Kangaroos, who shot 5-for-27 on 3-pointers.
Xavier Bishop and Marco Smith both had 12 points for Missouri-Kansas City (3-8), which was 8-for-16 on free throws.
Aided by a 16-0 run during which Missouri-Kansas City missed 11 consecutive shots, the Wolfpack held a 47-24 halftime lead. The Kangaroos scored only two points in the final six minutes before the break.
Missouri-Kansas City was within 12 at 70-58 with six minutes to play. Five different N.C. State players helped account for the next 10 points as the Wolfpack fended off the challenge.
N.C. State, which hadn’t played in a week, had forward Abdul-Malik Abu back in a reserve role after he missed the past two games because of lingering issues with a knee injury. He scored six points in abbreviated playing time.
It was the first-ever meeting between the teams. The game was played at N.C. State’s on-campus gym, where the Wolfpack play an annual Heritage Game in their former long-time home facility.