National Basketball Association
Seton Hall 94, NC State 83
When: 4:30 PM ET, Thursday, March 15, 2018
Where: Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, Kansas
# Terry Wymer, # David Hall, # Clarence Armstrong
Khadeen Carrington had 26 points and Desi Rodriguez added 20 off the bench to lead the No. 8-seed Seton Hall Pirates to a 94-83 win over the ninth-seeded NC State Wolfpack on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Allerik Freeman had a season-high 36 points and Torin Dorn added 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Wolfpack, who lost for the third time in four games to end their season.
With the win, Seton Hall advances to the NCAA Tournament second round for the first time since 2004 and the second time since Tommy Amaker led them to the Sweet 16 in 2000. The Pirates will meet Midwest Regional No. 1-seed Kansas on Saturday with a Sweet 16 berth on the line.
Speaking of the line: Seton Hall survived in large part because the Wolfpack struggled from the free-throw stripe, where they shot just 59.3 percent. North Carolina State (21-12) also shot just 46 percent after shooting 52 percent from the field in the first half, when Seton Hall built a 51-41 lead.
The Pirates shot poorly in the second half as well, finishing 48 percent from the field after shooting 61 percent -- including 54 percent from 3-point range -- in the first half.
Seton Hall also outrebounded the Wolfpack, 40-34, and shot 79.5 percent from the free-throw line.
The Pirates dominated the game almost from the opening tip, leading by double-digits nine minutes in and keeping a large lead for much of the contest. NC State got to within three midway through the second half, but Seton Hall rebuilt the lead behind a talented bench.
Rodriguez had 14 points in the first half, and Ismael Sanogo added 10 off the bench for the Pirates (22-11). Myles Powell added 19 points and nine rebounds for the Pirates and Angel Delgado had 13 points and nine rebounds.
Lennard Freeman had 13 points off the bench for NC State, which returned to the tournament for the first time in three years.
--Field Level Media
Top Game Performances
Allerik Freeman 36
Khadeen Carrington 26
Markell Johnson 4
Angel Delgado 4
Torin Dorn 12
Ismael Sanogo 10
Allerik Freeman 6
||Free Throws Made
Khadeen Carrington 11
Torin Dorn 1
Khadeen Carrington 2
Desi Rodriguez 1
Team Stats Summary