How to follow Sunday’s Kent State game at North Carolina State

Audio broadcast starts at about 1:45 p.m. Sunday on Golden Flash iHeart Radio.

Video is through the ACC Network Extra, a division of ESPN. Link is http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/3453198/kent-state-vs-nc-state. You have to be a subscriber to to EPSN through your cable or satellite company.

Live statistics are available through the North Carolina State website.

The Wolfpack went 26-9 last season and lost to lost to national runner-up MIssissippi State in the Sweet 16. N.C. State beat Belmont, No. 9 in the preseason mid-major poll, 77-62 in its opener Wednesday. Belmont was 31-4 last season.

North Carolina State trailed Belmont by five at halftime but used a guard-heavy lineup to outscore the Bruins 48-26 in the second half. The Wolfback made 71 percent of their second-half shots, overwhelming on two-point baskets.

Leading scorer was 5-9 redshirt junior guard Grace Hunter, a transfer from UNC-Charlotte. She had 16 points. Kai Crutchfield, a 5-9 sophomore guard, came off the bench to play 31 minutes and score 15 points. The only post player to score in double figures was 6-5 freshman center Elissa Cunane. N.C. State lost pretty much its entire front line to graduation.

The Wolfpack is predicted to finish fourh in the 12-team ACC, behind No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 5 Louisville and No. 18 Syracuse.

Recapping KSU’s opening loss to North Carolina

The Flashes trailed North Carolina 17-5 six minutes into the first quarters.

But the Flashes rallied to trail only 36-35 at halftime and took the lead twice in the second half, the latest being at 52-50 with 5:16 to go in the fourth quarter. But a couple of close officials’ calls went against KSU, the Flashes committed three turnovers in the next two minutes and went three-for-10 shooting for the rest of the game. Starters Asiah Dingle and Lindsey Thall fouled out.

For North Carolina, all-ACC guard Paris Kea made two key three-point baskets and scored 10 points as the Tar Heels outscored the Kent State 23-10 for the rest of the game.

“I really felt like we outplayed them” from the middle of the first quarter until the last four minutes, coach Todd Starkey said.

 

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