Indianapolis, IN – This probably isn’t what head coach Jason Gardner drew up for IUPUI in the final game of their three-game road trip. But sometimes, there’s just not much you can do. North Carolina State dominated IUPUI from start to finish, winning 79-56. They held IUPUI to just 33 percent shooting and got to the line at will. The 23-point margin wasn’t the biggest you’ll ever see, but IUPUI never made a run or created any doubt.
Matt O’Leary was one of only two double-figure scorers for IUPUI with 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting. Mason Archie added 11 points but shot just 3-for-14 from the field. IUPUI’s two leading scorers on the season, Darell Combs and Nick Osborne, totaled just nine points on 3-for-17 shooting. N.C. State’s starters got the bulk of the minutes and scored 70 of the team’s 79 points. Anthony Barber scored a game-high 19 points for the Wolfpack.
N.C. State opened the game with a 10-2 run and never looked back. IUPUI only managed back-to-back scores twice in the first half and trailed 38-27 at the break. They got on the board first in the second half, but fouls quickly caught up with them. N.C. State got into the bonus less than five minutes into the second half and into the double bonus with 10:41 to go. Archie and T.J. Henderson scored on consecutive possessions to cut the lead to 56-47 with 9:37 left and O’Leary again cut the deficit to nine points with 8:25 to go, but over-aggressiveness on defense and foul trouble got the best of the Jaguars.
Marcellus Barksdale, Evan Hall and Henderson all fouled out and O’Leary, Osborne, Combs and Archie each finished the game with four fouls. IUPUI was called for 34 fouls in the game compared to just 17 for N.C. State leading to a 39-11 advantage in free throw attempts for the Wolfpack.
With their three-game road trip finally under their belt, IUPUI can move on to their home opener Saturday afternoon against Kentucky State. The game will tip at 1 p.m.