By Mark Carroll - Blog Coordinator
Game one of the Greater NC Pro-Am started off with a physical first half, as Duke reserve Ryan Kelly and D1 Sports scored plenty of points in the paint against NCCU's C.J. Wilkerson and Team 212.
Both teams struggled with perimeter shooting in the first half as many of the points scored were results of second chance opportunities. Kelly got to work early by following up on his teammates' missed buckets. He also found success at the free throw line, an area at which he struggled on Tuesday night.
Wilkerson used his athleticism to earn some points in transition. His 15 point performance kept the game tight despite Kelly's exceptional offensive ability.
The first trey of the game came with 32.5 seconds left in the 2nd quarter as Team 212's Landon Clement knocked down a shot from three point land. Clement followed the bucket just seconds later with a pull-up jumper from the baseline, but D1 Sports still took a 30-21 lead into halftime.
The second half was a different story when it came to the long range jumpers. Kelly got into a rhythm early, starting off the second half with a three pointer. His teammates provided support as former Wake Forest guard Taron Downey showed nice touch, knocking down an impressive baseline floater.
Team 212 also bounced back from poor shooting in the first half as Clement knocked down three more treys in the second half. 12 of his 16 points came from three balls as his threat to hit the deep shot complemented Wilkerson's aggressive ability to attack the rim.
N.C. State wing player Scott Wood had shooting troubles for Team 212, missing on several shots before hitting his first three pointer with 46 seconds to go in the final quarter. D1 Sports responded to the three by hitting three of four free throws, and came away with the win, 66-59.