PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Jarkel Joiner scored 20 of his 27 points after halftime and North Carolina State used a big run in the second half to take control and beat Dayton 76-64 in Thursday’s consolation bracket at Battle 4 Atlantis.
Joiner particularly thrived on the foul line making 11 of 13 free throws after halftime for the Wolfpack (5-1). Terquavion Smith added 11 points, while Jack Clark had 10 points and nine rebounds.
The Wolfpack took control with a 17-0 run after leading 39-38, starting with Dusan Mahorcic’s transition dunk. Joiner scored seven points on the run, including a three-pointer to cap off the flurry, while DJ Burns (10 points) scored twice inside.
By the end of the run, 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 making 2 of 11 (18.2%) .
It was a solid rebounding performance for Kevin Keatts’ Wolfpack, which gave No. 3 Kansas adjustments for much of Wednesday’s first-round loss. But Keatts said afterwards he liked the way his team handled the short delay without disappointment, which included 22 points on 18 turnovers.
Toumani Camara scored 19 points for the Flyers, who were Atlantic 10 preseason favorites and ranked 21st in the AP Top 25 before falling this week. Dayton lost 43-42 to Wisconsin on Wednesday.
The Wolfpack advanced to Friday’s fifth-place game, where NC State takes on Butler. The Flyers will face BYU in the game for seventh place.
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In a photo provided by Bahamas Visual Services, North Carolina State’s Casey Morsell (14) catches the ball past Dayton’s Mike Sharavjamts (55) during an NCAA college basketball game at Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas on Thursday, November 24. , 2022. (Tim Aylen/Bahamas Visual Services via AP)
In a photo provided by Bahamas Visual Services, North Carolina State’s Terquavion Smith (0) shoots Dayton’s RJ Blakney (23) during an NCAA college basketball game at Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (Tim Aylen/Bahamas Visual Services via AP)
In a photo provided by Bahamas Visual Services, North Carolina State’s Jack Clark (5) drives past RJ Blakney (23) and Dayton’s Zimi Nwokeji (12) during an NCAA college basketball game during Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2022. (Tim Aylen/Bahamas Visual Services via AP)