North Carolina State pulled away from Mount St. Mary's for an 80-65 victory in a non-conference matchup at the RBC Center on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Sam Atupem tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double to pace the Mount. The Mount drops to 2-7 while NC State improved to 7-2.
Atupem scored the game's first field goal to give the Mount a 2-0 lead before NC State rattled off a 20-4 run over the next seven minutes for an early 20-6 advantage. Trailing 25-12 at the midway point of the half, but Mount fought back to cut the deficit to 29-23 after a Jeremy Goode three-pointer with 6:33 left in the half. After NC State rebuilt the lead to 11, Atupem scored the Mount's final four points of the half, including a tip-in with two seconds left to make the score 42-35 at the half.
The Mount battled in the second half and cut the lead to three, 47-44, after a Chris Vann three-pointer with 15:30 left in the contest. The Wolfpack countered on the next possession on a Courtney Fells three-point field goal for a 50-44 edge. The Mount hung in the game and trailed 59-53 after a Gus Durr lay-up at the 10:56 mark, but the Wolfpack went on a 5-0 run over the next four minutes to take control of the game.
Atupem was 7-for-12 from the field for his season-high 15 points to pace the Mount. Goode added 11 points, seven assists and three boards while Vann scored 10 points, his eighth-straight game in double figures. NC State played six players in the game with every one recording double figures in scoring. Fells and Ben McCauley each had 16 points to lead the way while Gavin Grant added 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Wolfpack.
The Mount was whistled for 26 fouls in the game and NC State was 21-for-28 at the line compared to the Mount's 4-of-7. North Carolina State shot 56.3 percent from the field while the Mount was held to 38.0 percent.
Mount St. Mary's controlled the boards and grabbed 20 offensive rebounds in the contest to hold a 21-to-8 advantage in second-chance points. For the game, the Mount outrebounded the Wolfpack 39-to-34.
Mount St. Mary's returns to action on Monday, Dec. 18, with a 7:00 p.m. game at Winthrop.
Game Notes...The Mount falls to 1-16 all-time against ACC teams...The Mount is now 0-3 all-time vs. North Carolina State...Atupem has made 21-of-31 (.677) from the field over the past four games.