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NC State, Dayton, looks to build on an encouraging effort in the Bahamas

NC State, Dayton, looks to build on an encouraging effort in the Bahamas

North Carolina State’s first major test of the season came with a loss, but with plenty of encouraging developments.

The key for the Wolfpack will be to execute the following steps in the faceoff Dayton on Thursday in the Battle 4 Atlantis consolation game in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

NC State lost 80-74 to No. 3 Kansas on Wednesday in a first-round tournament game.

“A lot to build on, a lot to move on from,” Wolfpack coach Kevin Keatts said. “We’re going to build on that. Anytime you get that first loss, it’s something you have to deal with. We’ve got to shake it off and play another good team in 24 hours.”

NC State (4-1) was down by three points with 3 1/2 minutes to play.

“I feel like this team just comes together,” Wolfpack guard Terkavion Smith said.

Keats added: “We were encouraged. We were here to succeed.”

NC State guards Smith, Jarkel Joyner and Casey Morsell were big factors against Kansas. A performance like this could set the stage for better times to come.

“We can put a lot of pressure on you,” Keats said. “I think our backcourt is really good and talented, and I think they’re only going to get better the more they get to play with each other.”

Dayton (3-2) was also involved in a tight game Wednesday, losing to undefeated Wisconsin 43-42.

Overcoming offensive deficits is something the Flyers must address as they failed to surpass the 60-point mark for the third straight game.

“It comes down to being able to make shots, and we just haven’t been able to do it consistently enough,” Dayton coach Anthony Grant said of Wednesday’s result. “But our defense was great.”

The Flyers, who are preseason favorites in the Atlantic 10, had just five players on Wednesday, led by guard Kobe Alvis’ 16 points. Elvis shot 7-for-17 from the field, while the rest of the team combined to go 6-for-23.

Elvis and starting forward Toumani Kamara each played 38 minutes in the Wisconsin game, so that could be a factor given NC State’s preference for full-court pressure.

“We didn’t necessarily have a lot of ball security (against Wisconsin),” Grant said. “Seventeen losses in the game were costly.”

–Field-level media

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