Johnson helps NC State edge Clemson 59-58 in ACCs
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — For the second time, North Carolina State waited until the last possible moment to beat Clemson.
Markell Johnson hit two free throws with 2.6 seconds left and the...
BOSTON (AP) — North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts' team played like it was hungry for a key road win.
So, the Wolfpack headed out for some dessert on the way to the airport.
Johnson scores 25, helps Wolfpack beat Wake Forest 94-74
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — This time, North Carolina State had Markell Johnson.
Johnson scored 25 points to help the Wolfpack beat Wake Forest 94-74 on Sunday, avenging last month's road loss that...
Daniels, Dorn help NC State beat Boston College 89-80 in OT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State waited until after it had blown a big lead and survived a shot at the regulation horn to put together its best stretch of basketball Wednesday...
NC State’s Lockett facing charge of assault on a female
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State backup guard Eric Lockett has been charged with assault on a female.
According to court records, Lockett was being held without bond in the Wake County Jail on Thursday following an incident that took place Tuesday. No further details were immediately available.
Beverly scores 21, NC State routs Syracuse 73-58
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Now this is how Braxton Beverly and North Carolina State expect things to go at home.
Beverly matched a career high with 21 points and N.C. State beat Syracuse 73-58 on Wednesday night.
"At home, we've got to protect our house and play with energy and passion," coach Kevin Keatts said.
Torin Dorn had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and DJ Funderburk added 12 points to help the Wolfpack (18-7, 6-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) win their second straight.
NC State holds off Pitt 79-76 to snap 3-game skid
PITTSBURGH (AP) — North Carolina State opted for modified shootaround late Friday night after arriving in Pittsburgh. No plays. Just shots. Lots and lots of shots, not the worst idea in the world less than a week removed from a record-setting loss to Virginia Tech in which the Wolfpack managed just nine baskets in 40 minutes.
Misfire: No. 23 NC State falls 47-24 to No. 12 Virginia Tech
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Miss after miss, they kept coming for No. 23 North Carolina State on Saturday.
Bricked jumpers off the front rim.
Drives that rolled around the cylinder and dropped away.
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts didn't have much time to enjoy the No. 23 Wolfpack's buzzer-beating weekend win — not with what waits in the days ahead.
Beverly’s 3 helps No. 21 NC State rally past Clemson 69-67
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State kept hanging around, even down six with 26.5 seconds to go.
"I told them, 'Believe,'" Wolfpack coach Kevin Keatts said.
Turns out Keatts knew what he was talking about, thanks to a few missed free throws from Clemson and one huge shot from sophomore Braxton Beverly.
Beverly shook off a bumpy shooting game by knocking down a 3-pointer to beat the buzzer, capping the 21st-ranked Wolfpack's rally in the final seconds to stun the Tigers 69-67 on Saturday.
NC State coach unsure when injured PG Johnson will return
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts remains unsure when injured point guard Markell Johnson will return to the 21st-ranked Wolfpack.
Keatts said Tuesday that Johnson "could play on Thursday or could play three or four weeks from now," adding that the guard won't play "until mentally and physically he feels like he's ready."
No. 17 NC State holds off Notre Dame 77-73 after Wake loss
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — No. 17 North Carolina State left coach Kevin Keatts with a hoarse voice Saturday.
A strong finish against the pesky Fighting Irish was the only medicine Keatts needed.
C.J. Bryce hit key free throws en route to 23 points, and the Wolfpack withstood several second-half challenges from Notre Dame in a 77-73 victory.
Johnson’s status unclear for No. 17 Wolfpack at Wake Forest
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts isn't sure if the No. 17 Wolfpack will have starting point guard Markell Johnson for Tuesday's game at Wake Forest.
Keatts said Monday that Johnson will be a game-time decision after he took a hard fall during the weekend win against Pittsburgh. Keatts said Johnson's left hip and back were sore after the first-half fall, which sidelined him for the rest of Saturday's game.
Keatts, No. 15 Wolfpack thriving with 10-player rotation
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Keatts spent his first year at North Carolina State installing an aggressive pressure-based scheme. Now he's got the numbers to run it how he likes: with a deep rotation that has the 15th-ranked Wolfpack thriving at the start of Atlantic Coast Conference play.
No. 20 NC State stays hot, beats Loyola (Maryland) 97-64
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State has a national ranking, confidence in a productive 10-man rotation and its best start in more than a decade.
That's about all coach Kevin Keatts could've wanted from a now-completed nonconference schedule, which wrapped Friday night with the No. 20 Wolfpack beating Loyola (Maryland) 97-64.
"If you had told me we would be 12-1, I probably would've taken it," Keatts said. "Obviously we had our chances to be 13-0."
NC State follows Auburn upset by beating USC Upstate 98-71
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts won't hesitate to go to his bench, especially if he keeps getting production like this.
Graduate transfer Eric Lockett had season highs of 15 points and eight rebounds to lead a high-scoring group of reserves in the Wolfpack's 98-71 win against USC Upstate on Saturday, avoiding any stumble following a rousing upset of No. 7 Auburn a few days earlier.
Johnson, Daniels help NC State beat No. 7 Auburn 78-71
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State has another big win against a ranked opponent under Kevin Keatts.
Markell Johnson had career highs of 27 points and five 3-pointers to help the Wolfpack upset No. 7 Auburn 78-71 on Wednesday night, improving to 4-1 against top-10 teams under the second-year coach.
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NC State gives hoops coach Kevin Keatts new 6-year contract
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State has given basketball coach Kevin Keatts a new contract through the 2023-24 season.
The school's board of governors on Friday approved the six-year deal that will pay him $2.7 million per year — an increase of $400,000 from his previous salary.
Keatts originally signed a six-year contract after his hiring in March 2017, and when he led the Wolfpack to the NCAA Tournament last season, it triggered a one-year rollover clause.
Johnson scores 19, leads NC State past Vanderbilt 80-65
MIAMI (AP) — Markell Johnson kept getting to the rim down the stretch, and the North Carolina State Wolfpack showed they can finish.
Johnson scored 12 consecutive points down in a late three-minute span to break open a close game, and the Wolfpack beat Vanderbilt 80-65 Saturday.
North Carolina State (7-1) bounced back from its first loss of the season Tuesday at Wisconsin.
Dorn leads Wolfpack in 95-49 rout of Maryland Eastern Shore
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State piled up the points again, but its defense has been even more impressive.
Torin Dorn had 22 points and 10 rebounds to help the Wolfpack beat Maryland Eastern Shore 95-49 on Saturday.
N.C. State held the Hawks to 31.5-percent shooting from the field, its best mark in 35 games under coach Kevin Keatts. The previous low of 32.8 percent came in the Wolfpack's season-opening 105-55 win over Mount St. Mary's.
NC State pulls away to beat Mount St. Mary’s 105-55
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — There's a lot of new pieces for North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts to sort through in his overhauled lineup.
There's plenty of versatility, the athleticism to get loose in tempo-quickening transition and even enough outside shooting despite starting the year with the team's best 3-point threat sidelined by injury.
Transfers set for key roles in Keatts’ 2nd year at NC State
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Keatts had a promising start at North Carolina State, from beating nationally ranked powers to getting the Wolfpack back into the NCAA Tournament.
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NC State looks to transfers for help on overhauled roster
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Devon Daniels, C.J. Bryce and Blake Harris spent the better part of last season leading North Carolina State's practice team and working on their games — along with their ability to stay patient — while sitting out as transfers.
The Wolfpack's success this season could depend on how successful they were in turning that time into sharpened skillsets, particularly with so many new faces on the roster for coach Kevin Keatts' second season.
NC State: NCAA approves waiver for Missouri transfer Harris
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State says the NCAA is allowing Missouri transfer Blake Harris to play for the Wolfpack this season.
Coach Kevin Keatts said Tuesday that the NCAA approved Harris' request to be immediately eligible. The point guard from Chapel Hill started nine of the 14 games he played last season for the Tigers before announcing in January that he would transfer.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State has hired Roy Roberson as an assistant coach.
The school announced the move Monday, with Roberson joining Kevin Keatts' staff after 12 seasons as head coach at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Virginia. Before that, Roberson was head coach at Holy Cross from 2003-06.
Roberson inherited a program at Glass that hadn't won a district game in three seasons, but turned it into a playoff team with an 80-20 district record in the last eight seasons.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State has added center Wyatt Walker as a graduate transfer from Samford.
Coach Kevin Keatts announced Walker's signing on Tuesday, saying he will graduate later this month and will join the Wolfpack over the summer.
The 6-foot-9 Walker averaged 12.9 points and a Southern Conference-best 9.7 rebounds as a sophomore in 2016-17. He played just two games last season before suffering a season-ending leg injury.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts is recovering from knee surgery.
Athletics spokesman Fred Demarest said Keatts needed the procedure Thursday to repair a torn right patellar tendon suffered Wednesday. Demarest said the surgery was successful and Keatts was resting at home.
Keatts didn't immediately return a text message from The Associated Press on Thursday evening.
Eastern Kentucky University hired former Marshall University player A.W. Hamilton as its 21st men's basketball head coach on Friday.
Eastern Kentucky University hired former Marshall University player A.W. Hamilton as its 21st men's basketball head coach on Friday.
RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — Eastern Kentucky has hired North Carolina State assistant A.W. Hamilton as head men's basketball coach.
Hamilton spent last season on Kevin Keatts' Wolfpack staff in Raleigh after coaching Hargrave Military Academy from 2011-17 and guiding the prep program to the national championship in 2016. Hamilton is a two-time National Prep Coach of the Year. He also worked under Keatts from 2006-11 at Hargrave before his promotion to head coach.
Sophomore forward Omer Yurtseven will either turn professional or consider transferring from North Carolina State, the school announced Wednesday.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts says sophomore Omer Yurtseven intends to pursue a professional career or transfer.
Keatts said in a statement Wednesday that the Turkish 7-footer had notified him of his plans and that the program will grant Yurtseven's release.
Yurtseven averaged 13.5 points and 6.7 rebounds for the Wolfpack (21-12). He also shot 57 percent from the floor and stretched his range, making 22 of 44 3-pointers.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Keatts' first North Carolina State squad took a bigger step than anyone expected. His program must now maintain that footing.
NC State still on track entering last three games of season
NC State is one victory shy of 20 wins, but don't tell first-year head coach Kevin Keatts that with three regular season games remaining, he jokes that he doesn't want to know.
NC State beats Wake Forest 90-84 to earn season sweep
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — The road wins are adding up for North Carolina State. And that could play a big role in pushing the bubble-resting Wolfpack into the NCAA Tournament next month.
Allerik Freeman scored 24 points to help N.C. State beat Wake Forest 90-84 on Saturday, earning a fourth road win in Atlantic Coast Conference play to match its overall league win total for all of last season.
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NC State follows week off with 76-58 win vs. Notre Dame
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State didn't squander the surge from an emotional rivalry win. The Wolfpack just had to wait a week to prove it.
Torin Dorn scored 21 points to help N.C. State beat Notre Dame 76-58 on Saturday, a win that came after an extended break following last weekend's overtime win at then-No. 10 North Carolina.
There was no sign of a hangover, rust or anything else. Instead, Dorn and the rest of his Wolfpack teammates were simply dominant.
BUBBLE WATCH: Big wins put NC State within reach of NCAA bid
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State wasn't supposed to even be in this position, entering February with several marquee wins and in the discussion for an NCAA Tournament bid. Yet first-year coach Kevin Keatts isn't talking about the possibility of his program getting back there after its two-year absence.
NC State upsets No. 10 North Carolina 95-91 in OT
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Allerik Freeman and North Carolina State seemingly couldn't miss from 3-point range, while the Wolfpack kept relentlessly pushing back any time its highly ranked rival threatened to stretch out a lead.
Now N.C. State can add another marquee name to its list of upset victims under first-year coach Kevin Keatts — this one on the road, too.
Yurtseven steadies Pack as team feels Johnson’s return
It took a game for Markell Johnson to settle into his return to NC State's lineup after a suspension that spanned seven games -- the final three of the non-conference schedule, plus a pair of away ACC games and two upsets of ranked league opponents at PNC Arena.
Wolfpack shows toughness with late defensive stand to beat Wake Forest
RALEIGH – Just like the roads surrounding PNC Arena and throughout North Carolina on Thursday night, this one wasn’t easy to navigate.
Yurtseven leads NC State past Wake Forest, 72-63
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State remains tough to beat at home. Wake Forest isn't going to beat anyone if it keeps going cold late in games.
Omer Yurtseven scored 22 points and N.C. State beat the Demon Deacons 72-63 on Thursday night.
NC State upsets No. 19 Clemson 78-77 on DeVoe’s missed FT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State seemed headed for overtime, quite possibly destined for its first agonizing collapse under new coach Kevin Keatts.
Then Gabe DeVoe missed the game's most important free throw — and the Wolfpack escaped with a second straight Top 25 upset.
Omer Yurtseven scored a career-high 29 points, and N.C. State held on to beat No. 19 Clemson 78-77 on Thursday night after DeVoe missed the third of three free throws with 0.2 seconds left that would have forced OT.
NC State adding Missouri transfer Harris, losing Kirk
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State is adding Missouri freshman transfer Blake Harris and losing reserve forward Shaun Kirk to UNC Pembroke.
Wolfpack coach Kevin Keatts said Wednesday that Harris would likely begin practicing next week. The 6-foot-3 Harris is a North Carolina native from Chapel Hill. He must sit a year due to NCAA transfer rules and will be eligible to play for the spring semester midway through the 2018-19 season.
NC State head coach Kevin Keatts joked that his plan is to tell his team every opponent it faces is the second-ranked team in the nation after the Wolfpack upset No. 2 Duke 96-85.
NC State tops No. 2 Duke 96-85 for 1st ACC win under Keatts
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State coach Kevin Keatts saw his team respond to a pair of double-digit Atlantic Coast Conference losses with a fearless style and aggressive play. And for the second time this season, it was good enough for the Wolfpack to take down the nation's No. 2-ranked team — this time instate neighbor Duke.
Suspended NC State guard Johnson faces felony assault charge
CLEVELAND (AP) — Suspended North Carolina State guard Markell Johnson is facing a felony assault charge in his home state of Ohio.
According to a court document, Johnson was among four people indicted Dec. 5 in Cuyahoga County. The document states they "did knowingly cause serious physical harm" to a male victim on or about Oct. 8.