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N.C. State nips Loyola behind Smith's 30

(TSX / STATS) -- RALEIGH, N.C. -- Guard Dennis Smith Jr. scored 30 points, including a pair of free throws with 16.7 seconds remaining, as North Carolina State defeated Loyola of Chicago 79-77 on Saturday at PNC Arena.

Smith, a freshman guard, also had seven assists. He has reached the 20-point mark in four consecutive games. Guard Torin Dorn added 20 points and guard Terry Henderson scored 19 points for the Wolfpack.

N.C. State (5-1) broke a 71-all tie when Abdul-Malik Abu's tip-in followed by Smith's steal and basket.

Points: M. Doyle15.2
Rebounds: D. Ingram6.8
Assists: M. Doyle4.4
FG%: A. Jackson66.9%
FT%: M. Doyle79.7%
3P%: D. Ingram45.8%
Steals: M. Doyle1.7
Blocks: M. Chastain0.7
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2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Kansas31-5
4 Arizona32-5
5 North Carolina33-7
6 Kentucky32-6
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9 Oregon33-6
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1 North Carolina33-7
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Oregon33-6
4 Kansas31-5
5 Kentucky32-6
6 South Carolina26-11
7 Arizona32-5
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9 UCLA31-5
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Illinois State 0-0 0-0
Indiana State 0-0 0-0
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Bradley 0-0 0-0
Evansville 0-0 0-0
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