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Three Points: Barber and Lacey making NC State go

Three Points from N.C. State's 93-58 win over Jackson State:

1) It's only one game but you can understand why coach Mark Gottfried was so high on Trevor Lacey in the offseason. Lacey's big and strong and can get his shot off over smaller guards and has a soft touch from the outside.

The Alabama transfer had 22 points in 23 minutes and finished 8 of 10 from the floor. He made three 3-pointers in the first half (in five attempts).

After a tough start in the preseason game against Queens last Saturday, Lacey was pleased with his Wolfpack debut.

"Today was one of those days where I was making shots but still also getting my teammates involved,” Lacey said. “I wasn't necessarily trying to go for 40, I was getting my teammates involved and letting them know that I need them, just as much they need me for us to win."

2) Perhaps Lacey's best quality is, for at least one game, he brings out the best in point guard Cat Barber.

Barber was strong with the ball and under control and scored a career-high 25 points.

Barber said he and Lacey meshed this summer in pickup games and in practice.

"It carried over to the game and we're just going to keep getting better as the year goes on," Barber said.

Gottfried said he noticed that Lacey makes Barber better, and vice versa. There were some good passing sequences in the first half when Lacey and Barber were looking for each other and setting each other up for easy points.

The two combined for 36 points in the first half, Jackson State had 26.

"Trevor helps Cat and Cat helps Trevor," Gottfried said. "Trevor has always been that coach on the floor."

3) Just as Barber is embracing his expanded role on the court, he's spending more time with the media.

He was good with us on Thursday, before the game, and even better after Friday's game. Barber was philosophical about his career-high 25 points.

"Twenty-five is 25, I'm glad we won," Barber said. "It's not good to have 25 and lose. Twenty-five is good but I'm not worried about it for real, I'm just glad we got the win."

And Barber has loosened up, too. He worked in a good-natured shot at Lacey, who has lost 20 pounds since the end of last season.

"Trevor's fast to be fat," Barber said. "He's kinda fat. He lost a lot of weight but we pick on him like that."

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