NEW YORK (AP) — Juwan Staten scored 24 points to lead No. 22 West Virginia to an 83-69 win over North Carolina State on Saturday night.
Devin Williams had 16 points and Jaysean Paige added 11 points to help the Mountaineers (10-1) win their third straight. Staten, who also had six assists, was selected the Most Outstanding Player of the Gotham Classic.
Trevor Lacey scored 24 points and Anthony Barber had 16 for North Carolina State (9-3), which lost for the second time in three games.
The Wolfpack cut the Mountaineers’ lead to one on three separate occasions, but were unable to close the gap. Following Lacey’s tip-in with 10:32 left, West Virginia outscored N.C. State 21-11 in a 6-minute span.
In that stretch, the Mountaineers were 8 for 9 on free throws and finished 14 for 21 from the line — including 11 for 15 in the second half.
West Virginia shot 53 percent (31 for 58) from the field, including 7 for 13 on 3-pointers. North Carolina State was 20 for 36 (56 percent) from the field, including 8-for-14 on 3s, but had 23 turnovers and missed 14 free throws.
The Mountaineers outscored the Wolfpack 32-21 in the final 12:31 of the first half to take a 41-32 at halftime. West Virginia trapped and pressed to create 16 turnovers in the opening 20 minutes and scored 15 points off the turnovers.
NC State: The Wolfpack entered the game with a 15-8 record in neutral-court games under Mark Gottfried.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers entered the game with a 31-44 all-time record at Madison Square Garden, but had won 16 of their last 25 there.
NC State: Hosts Louisiana Tech on Tuesday.
West Virginia: Hosts Wofford on Monday.
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