Terquavion Smith was down on the court docket for a number of minutes earlier than he was stretchered off and brought to an area hospital. (Bob Donnan/USA Today)
North Carolina State star Terquavion Smith was stretchered off the court docket on Saturday after a scary second of their sport towards North Carolina.
Smith was driving to the rim halfway by he second half on the Dean Smith Center when Tar Heels guard Leaky Black missed his block and swatted Smith proper within the face as he was within the air. That despatched Smith crashing to the ground, the place he landed awkwardly on his again and elbow — which was absolutely prolonged as he hit the ground.
Smith stayed on the bottom for about 10 minutes as medical workers got here out to are likely to him. He was ultimately stretchered off the court docket with what the group mentioned had been elbow and neck accidents. He was seen with an aircast on his proper arm, and was taken to an area hospital
Black was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul on the play, and was ejected. He completed with 9 factors and 4 rebounds.
NC State coach Kevin Keatts mentioned he didn’t have an replace on Smith after the sport, however that he felt they “dealt with it as finest we might.” Though he hadn’t seen the play that led to Smith’s damage, he didn’t assume Black made “a grimy play.”
“He’s simply an unbelievable child and unbelievable participant,” North Carolina coach Hubert Davis mentioned, through The Athletic’s Brendan Marks. “You by no means wish to see anyone get harm or injured … Just did not like seeing that.”
North Carolina held a 1-point lead at halftime, however surged forward late within the second half to take the 80-69 win. The Tar Heels used a protracted 7-0 run that spanned practically 4 minutes within the second half to lastly pull forward. R.J. Davis led the Tar Heels with 26 factors, and Armando Bacot added 23 factors and 18 rebounds in what was their third straight win.
Jarkel Joiner co-led the Wolfpack with 18 factors and 4 rebounds, and D.J. Burns added 18 factors of his personal. The loss snapped a four-game win streak for NC State.