RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Anthony “Cat” Barber scored a career-high 25 points to help North Carolina State beat Jackson State 93-58 on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.
Alabama transfer Trevor Lacey added 22 points in his first game for the Wolfpack, who never trailed.
Lacey and Barber combined to score 36 of their points in the first half on 12-of-16 shooting, including 5 of 7 from 3-point range.
N.C. State shot 52 percent from the floor for the game.
The Wolfpack led 47-26 at halftime after shooting 58 percent from the field and committing just two turnovers. N.C. State scored the first seven points of the second half and never led by fewer than 26 points the rest of the way.
Javeres Brent scored 13 points to lead Jackson State, which shot 28 percent and made five of 24 3-point tries.
Kaven Bernard added 12 points for the Tigers.
The Wolfpack missed their first five shots from the floor, but they made amends by scoring on their next six possessions to take a 20-8 lead with 11:41 remaining in the first half.
Barber provided the spark, hitting two free throws, a layup and a 3-pointer off the dribble on consecutive possessions to ignite the run.
The Wolfpack followed with a 21-5 spurt featuring 10 points from Lacey and eight points from Barber to build a 26-point lead with 3 minutes left in the first half.
Barber and Lacey each finished 3 of 5 from 3-point range after Barber used the shot sparingly last season.
Barber made just 12 of 46 3-point attempts as a freshman, and he never made more than two 3-pointers in a game. He hit his third 3-pointer against Jackson State with 14 minutes left in the second half, giving the Wolfpack a 63-30 lead.