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College Basketball: Diamond Johnson Powers No. 10 NC State Women to Victory

Published 22:54 Thursday, November 10, 2022

Associated Press

RALEIGH — Diamond Johnson scored 18 points as No. 10 North Carolina State handily won a state matchup over Elon 89-55 on Thursday night.

Johnson shot 7-for-11 and had three rebounds, three assists and three steals in 17 minutes for the Wolfpack (2-0). Camille Hobby added 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting. Madison Hayes scored 11 points and Jakia Brown-Turner had 10.

It was a better performance from Johnson, who shot 3-for-11 in NC State’s opener on Tuesday.

“I just went to the gym more. I didn’t let Tuesday get to me. We have a long season,” Johnson said. “I focused more on finishing my layups, shooting the ball well and getting my teammates involved.”

Elon (0-2) was led by Evonna McGill, who had 12 points. Kamryn Dotty added 11 points on 5-for-5 shooting.

NC State took a 20-point lead at halftime. That lead grew to 36 points in the second half.

“We got off to a good start and I think we did some things right,” Wolfpack coach Wes Moore said. “I was really disappointed with our transition defense. It seemed like we didn’t do a good job of matching. We had problems with the selections on the ball. We’re going to have to fix that.”

Elon has only two players on its 6-foot-1+ roster, while NC State has five. The Wolfpack used their size advantage to outplay Phoenix 48-24 in the paint and win the rebounding battle 41-25.

Men

Appalachian State wins 79-74 in OT against NC Central

BOONE — Tyree Boykin scored 20 points as Appalachian State beat North Carolina Central 79-74 in overtime.

CJ Huntley had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Mountaineers (2-0). Terence Harcum finished with 14 points. The Eagles (0-2) were led by Justin Wright, who had 17 points and six rebounds. Brendan Medley-Bacon added 16 points and two blocks.

Wright forced overtime with a step-back 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Maryland takes 71-51 win over Western Carolina

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Sophomore Julian Reese finished with career-high 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead Maryland to a 71-51 victory over Western Carolina on Thursday in the evening.

Reese made 7 of 9 shots from the ground and all five of his free throws, posting the first double-double of his career. The Terrapins improved to 2-0 under Kevin Willard, who was the head coach at Seton Hall from 2010-22.

Jahmir Young added 16 points for Maryland, while Hakim Hart scored 10. The Terrapins shot 44.3% overall but just 10.5% from 3-point range (2-for-19). The Terps had just 10 assists on 27 baskets.

Tyzhaun Claude led the Catamounts (0-2) with 12 points and seven rebounds.

Western Carolina shot just 27% overall, but was 7-for-28 from distance.

Maryland held Niagara without a 3-pointer in a season-opening 71-49 win. Western Carolina didn’t get above 50 points until Marcus Kell buried a 3-pointer with 27 seconds left.

It was the first meeting between the two schools since 2005. Maryland is 3-0 all-time against the Catamounts.

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