PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Jarkel Joiner scored 20 of his 27 points after halftime as North Carolina State used a big run in the second half to take control and beat Dayton 76-64 in Thursday’s consolation round at the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Joiner especially thrived on the foul line by making 11 of 13 free throws for the Wolfpack (5-1) after the break. Terquavion Smith added 11 points, while Jack Clark had 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Wolfpack took control with a 17-0 run after trailing 39-38, starting with Dusan Mahorcic’s transition dunk. Joiner scored seven on the run, including a three-point play to close out the burst, while DJ Burns (10 points) scored inside twice.
When the run was over, NC State was leading 55-39 and had held the Flyers (3-3) scoreless for four critical minutes.
Both teams shot 49% and neither shot the ball well from behind the arc, with Dayton making just 6 of 22 3-pointers (27.3%) and NC State 2 of 11 (18.2%).
It was a strong recovery for Kevin Keatts’ Wolfpack, giving No. 3 Kansas a big chunk of Wednesday’s first-round loss. But Keatts said afterwards that he liked how his team handled the short turnaround with no disappointment, including scoring 22 points on 18 turnovers.
Toumani Camara scored 19 points for the Flyers, who were the Atlantic 10 preseason favorite and No. 21 in the AP Top 25 before going out this week. Dayton lost 43-42 to Wisconsin on Wednesday.
The Wolfpack advanced to Friday’s fifth-place game where NC State takes on the Butler-BYU winner. The Flyers will face the loser of Butler-BYU in the game for seventh place.
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