West Virginia's struggling defense defeats NC State

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Frank Young's 16 points led four
players in double figures as West Virginia beat North Carolina
State 71-60 on Wednesday.

The Mountaineers offset their inside defensive deficiency by
making 13 3-pointers, one off their season high.

Thirteen of Young's points came in the second half, including a
3-pointer with 6:46 left that put West Virginia (6-1) ahead 56-51
after North Carolina State rallied to pull within a possession.

North Carolina State (5-2) then missed three consecutive shots
from the outside and West Virginia took advantage, hitting two
3-pointers around a jumper from DaSean Butler to take a 61-51 lead
with 4:52 left.

West Virginia (6-1) ran the clock down to 2:00 on its next
possession before Joe Alexander hit a jumper from the corner with
two seconds left on the shot clock. He then stole the ball and
dunked before North Carolina State was called for a charge with
1:30 left. The Mountaineers made six of seven free throws in the
final minute to seal the win.

Alexander and Alex Ruoff each added 15 points for West Virginia,
while Darris Nichols had 11 points.

North Carolina State was led by Courtney Fells with 17 points.