Bryce Big in 2nd Half as NC State Holds Off Florida International

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  • N.C. State beat FIU at its own game, forcing 22 turnovers from an FIU team that itself thrives on takeaways.

North Carolina State finally had a full roster — and most of those players found their scoring touch.

C.J. Bryce scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half, and N.C. State had six double-figure scorers in its 86-77 victory over Florida International on Wednesday night.

Pat Andree and Devon Daniels added 14 points apiece to help N.C. State (2-1) win its second straight. The Wolfpack played eight players and each of them logged at least 14 minutes.

“You notice through our games, nobody on our team is going to put up 30 points a game,” said D.J. Funderburk, a forward who missed the first two games because he was suspended indefinitely for violating team policy.

“The point spread is kind of equal, everybody can go get a bucket,” he added, “and as long as we keep playing together and keep composure down the stretch, we’ll be all right.”

Funderburk finished with 11 points while Markell Johnson and Manny Bates each had 10. N.C. State beat FIU at its own game, forcing 22 turnovers from an FIU team that itself thrives on takeaways.

Devon Andrews scored a season-best 21 points and Tevin Brewer finished with a season-best 19 for the Panthers (1-2). They had the ball trailing by six points in the final minute before Cameron Corcoran missed a 3-pointer and Markell Johnson hit a free throw with 42.2 seconds remaining to put N.C. State up 81-74.

Brewer was called for double dribbling with 28.9 seconds left, Bryce hit a free throw with 27.9 seconds to play, Antonio Daye Jr. turned it over on FIU’s next possession and Bryce pushed the lead to 84-74 with two free throws with 21.5 seconds to play.

N.C. State also built a 38-31 rebounding advantage, turning that into 20 second-chance points to just seven for the Panthers.

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