RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Torin Dorn had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and North Carolina State beat Robert Morris 81-69 on Tuesday night.
Omer Yurtseven added 12 points and 10 rebounds, Lennard Freeman had 11 points and 12 rebounds and Abdul-Malik Abu finished with 15 points for the Wolfpack (9-3).
They shot 43 percent and built a 48-38 rebounding advantage in bouncing back from a loss to UNC Greensboro three days earlier that snapped a 20-game home winning streak against nonconference opponents.
Matty McConnell had 17 points and four of the Colonials’ season-high-tying 10 3-pointers, and Dachon Burke finished with 12 points.
Robert Morris (6-6) led for nearly 30 minutes before the Wolfpack took control down the stretch, holding the Colonials without a field goal for four crucial minutes.
Yurtseven broke a 57-all tie with a hook shot with just over seven minutes remaining, and that started the 12-1 run that gave N.C. State its first double-figure lead. Abu’s slam of an alley-oop feed from Braxton Beverly made it 68-58 with 4½ minutes to play.
Robert Morris: The Colonials certainly looked capable of beating a power-conference opponent for the first time since their memorable upset of Kentucky in the 2013 NIT, despite a deficiency in a key stat. Robert Morris entered tied for ninth in Division I with a plus-3.45 turnover margin, but finished this one with 13 giveaways and only 12 takeaways.
N.C. State: Two losses to mid-major programs in less than a week would have been less than ideal for first-year coach Kevin Keatts, but that looked like a very real possibility with Yurtseven battling foul trouble for much of the night. The Colonials didn’t have anyone who could match up with the 7-footer, and it was no coincidence that his return midway through the second half coincided with N.C. State taking command.
Robert Morris: The Colonials play host to Canisius on Friday night.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack play host to Jacksonville on Friday night in their last game before ACC play begins.
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