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Johnson scores 26 to lift NC State past Hofstra 84-78 in NIT

March 20, 2019
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North Carolina State's Braxton Beverly (10) drives to the basket past Hofstra's Desure Buie (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 19, 2019. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)
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North Carolina State's Braxton Beverly (10) drives to the basket past Hofstra's Desure Buie (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, March 19, 2019. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Markell Johnson had 26 points as North Carolina State defeated Hofstra 84-78 in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night.

Torin Dorn had 19 points and nine rebounds for North Carolina State (23-11). C.J. Bryce added 18 points and 11 rebounds. Devon Daniels had six rebounds for the home team.

Justin Wright-Foreman had 29 points and six rebounds for the Pride (27-8). Jacquil Taylor added 14 points and four blocks. Desure Buie had 13 points.

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