Don’t tell NC State that it’s not even Thanksgiving yet. In the Bahamas, the Wolfpack brought the madness to November, knocking off No. 2 Arizona 90-84.

The upset came in the quarterfinal round of the Battle 4 Atlantis, where NC State — tied with the Wildcats 40-40 at halftime — took a one point lead with almost nine minutes left and never trailed for the rest of the game.

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The Wolfpack moved to 5-0 thanks to Allerik Freeman’s career-high 24 points, and another 20 from freshman Braxton Beverly. 

Arizona had two of its own 20-point scorers in DeAndre Ayton (27) and Allonzo Trier (27), but it wasn’t enough against a Wolfpack team that shot 40 percent from beyond the arc, especially when the Wildcats were a dismal 12 percent from range (2-for-17). But somehow Arizona finished the game with more rebounds, fewer turnovers, and fewer fouls, but ended up on the losing side.

View the box score below:

Arizona
NAME POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST ST BLK TO PF PTS
Dusan Ristic C 17 4-5 0-0 3-4 5 6 1 0 0 0 4 11
Ira Lee F 12 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 2
Keanu Pinder F 15 2-2 0-0 0-2 1 3 0 0 2 0 4 4
DeAndre Ayton F 34 7-12 1-4 12-17 4 14 1 2 0 2 0 27
Brandon Randolph G 13 0-3 0-1 0-0 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 0
Emmanuel Akot G 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
Parker Jackson-Cartwright G 34 5-10 1-2 0-0 1 3 5 2 0 2 3 11
Dylan Smith G 12 1-4 0-3 0-1 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 2
Alex Barcello G 21 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 0
Allonzo Trier G 37 9-20 0-5 9-11 1 5 1 0 0 3 2 27
Talbott Denny F 00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Matt Weyand F 00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jake Desjardins F 00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Chase Jeter F-C 00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kory Jones G 00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rawle Alkins G 00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tyler Trillo G 00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL   29-62 2-17 24-35 14 37 13 5 4 8 23 84
  46.80% 11.80% 68.60%  
North Carolina St.
NAME POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST ST BLK TO PF PTS
Omer Yurtseven C 23 5-9 0-0 1-2 4 9 0 0 1 0 5 11
Abdul-Malik Abu F 18 2-4 0-1 4-5 0 8 1 1 0 0 3 8
Lennard Freeman F 17 3-4 0-0 2-2 0 2 0 1 1 1 3 8
Braxton Beverly G 27 5-7 3-5 7-9 0 1 2 2 0 1 3 20
Markell Johnson G 22 0-2 0-2 1-2 0 2 8 0 2 2 3 1
Sam Hunt G 27 2-4 2-4 3-3 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 9
Allerik Freeman G 38 7-18 0-4 10-12 0 3 5 0 0 3 3 24
Torin Dorn G 29 3-7 3-4 0-0 2 3 1 0 0 3 5 9
Darius Hicks F 00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tucker Thompson F 00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C.J. Bryce F 00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Lavar Batts G 00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Devon Daniels G 00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Spencer Newman G 00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Shaun Kirk G-F 00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL   27-55 8-20 28-35 6 30 17 4 4 10 26 90
  49.10% 40.00% 80.00%

Daniel Wilco has worked at the AJC, Sports Illustrated, and SEC Country. His writing has also appeared on SI.com, Men’s Health, and The Cauldron.

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