No. 6 NC State beats Miami (Ohio) 97-59 in opener

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Richard Howell had 16 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 6 North Carolina State beat Miami (Ohio) 97-59 on Friday night in the season opener for both teams.

Lorenzo Brown added 15 points, six rebounds and seven assists for the Wolfpack, who scored the game's first 10 points and led by 19 at halftime en route to an easy win that kicked off a season of high expectations. N.C. State did nothing to diminish fan excitement that had built since being named the preseason Atlantic Coast Conference favorite for the first time in nearly four decades, shooting 61 percent and leading by 43 points for its 19th straight season-opening victory.

Allen Roberts scored 16 points for Miami, which shot 22 percent in the first half and finished at 32 percent in the first game under new coach John Cooper.

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