RALEIGH, N.C. – Andrew Brackman came off the bench for the first time this season and scored 16 points, helping No. 25 North Carolina State run away from Appalachian State 92-68 on Saturday.

Cameron Bennerman added 13 points and Ilian Evtimov and Gavin Grant had 11 apiece for the Wolfpack (6-1), who were playing for the first time in 10 days thanks to a break for exams. They had some early rustiness before recovering to pull away with an 11-0 run midway through the second half.

The Wolfpack were much more efficient than in their previous game, a 45-42 loss at Iowa. They rebounded to shoot 67 percent in this one, including 75 percent in the second half, and held Appalachian State to its second-lowest point total of the season.

The Mountaineers (3-5) continued a brutal road trip that began earlier this week at Tennessee. They also will visit Marshall and Arkansas-Little Rock before traveling to Duquesne for a tournament that ends on New Year’s Eve.

Nathan Cranford had 18 points, including four 3-pointers, for Appalachian State. He swished one early in the second half to bring the Mountaineers within 43-35, and the margin was 16 when N.C. State took control with a brilliant 2-minute stretch.

Grant made three free throws spread over two possessions, and Bennerman got loose for a dunk on a nifty backdoor pass from Evtimov. After D.J. Thompson missed a layup on the other end, Evtimov connected on a deep 3, and Bennerman added one of his own following another miss by the Mountaineers.

That made it 73-46, removing any doubt about the outcome.

N.C. State coach Herb Sendek shook up his lineup, giving seniors Bennerman and Tony Bethel their first starts of the season. Bennerman made the most of his opportunity and finished with a season-high in points, but Bethel limped off a couple of times with leg cramps.

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