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NC #State is finding ways to win and freshman guard #Shakeel #Moore is a big reason.

#Moore took care of the scoring at the end of NC #State’s 79-76 home win over #Boston #College on #Wednesday and senior guard #Devon #Daniels came up with a defensive stop.

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#Moore’s jumper with 26.9 seconds left from the top of the foul line gave the #Wolfpack a 77-76 lead after guard #Wynston #Tabbs nearly willed #Boston #College to the road ACC win.

The #Wolfpack (6-1) improved to 2-0 in the ACC for the first time under fourth-year coach #Kevin #Keatts and has won nine straight home games over the #Eagles (2-6, 0-2).

“I like where we are, put it that way,” #Keatts said after the game. “#We couldn’t have a better record in the ACC, I should say it that way.”

#Moore picked up in confidence where he left off in last week’s 79-76 win over #North #Carolina. #Moore had 17 points in the win over UNC and was not afraid of the big shot after the game had seemingly slipped away from the #Wolfpack.

“The confidence comes from me taking the time to work when nobody is looking,” #Moore said.

The freshman from #Greensboro came in with a reputation for defense but has averaged 14.5 points in NC #State’s first two ACC wins.

“#He hs put a lot of work into becoming a better offensive player,” #Keatts said. “#He stepped up and made a really huge shot for us.”

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#Tabbs scored 11 straight in the second half to help push the #Eagles to a 76-75 lead with 1:27 left.

#Boston #College trailed by as many as 15 in the first half as NC #State got a boost from the return of forward D.J. #Funderburk.

The senior forward hadn’t played since #Dec. 3 and missed the previous three games with COVID-19 issues. #Funderburk scored 21 points in his return, including 17 in the first half.

The #Wolfpack raced out to an early lead behind #Funderburk and forward #Jericole #Hellems. #Hellems, who was 0 for 8 from the floor in a win over UNC on #Dec. 22, had a season-high 20 points and was 9 of 11 from the free-throw line.

#But #Tabbs and guard #Jay #Heath (17 points) kept chipping away at the #Wolfpack lead.

“#We didn’t play well in the second half,” #Keatts said. “I told the team after the game, if you’re going to find a way to win a championship, you’re going to have to win every type of game.”

Kevin Keatts talks with ACC referee Ted Valentine
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#It wasn’t until #Daniels knocked the ball loose, away from #Tabbs, and forced a jumpball with 14.4 seconds left that NC #State had secured the win. #Moore, who finished with 12 points, added another bucket, right before the buzzer for good measure.

#Funderburk got off to a slow start this season with 10 points, 11 and 4 in his first three games. #He hadn’t played since the UMass-Lowell win on #Dec. 3. #Funderburk scored 17 seconds after he got on the floor and had 17 points in the first half on 6-of-7 shooting.

#Funderburk said after the game that he had COVID and that he went 15 days “without touching a ball.”

“I was nervous about my conditioning,” #Funderburk said. “#Everything else just fell in place as I started playing.”

#Keatts said #Funderburk was able to practice twice before #Wednesday’s game.

“#He has been out a little longer than everybody else but I will say he worked himself back into shape,” #Keatts said of #Funderburk.

#While #Funderburk returned, sophomore forward #Manny #Bates was limited to 7 minutes in the first half. #He exited the game after banging knees with #Boston #College guard #Rich #Kelly with about 12 minutes left in the first half.

#Keatts said after the game that #Bates will get an MRI on his left knee as a precaution.

“#It was more a coach’s decision not to play him because I wanted to make sure that he’s going to be OK,” #Keatts said. “

The heart of the ACC schedule awaits the #Wolfpack but #Virginia #Tech is the only other team with a 2-0 mark as the calendar prepares to turn.

“#We are right where we need to be,” #Funderburk said. “#We’re 2-0 in the conference and we couldn’t ask for anything more.”



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