BAYAMON, Puerto Rico -- T.J. Warren had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 6 North Carolina State to a 72-55 win over Penn State in the opening round of the Puerto Rico Tipoff on Thursday.
"It was a good, physical game," NC State coach Mark Gottfried said. "It's good for us to play a strong, physical team that will challenge us around the basket and Penn State did that. Defensively, at times, we were very good. And, at times, we were disinterested defensively."
"They put the ball in Frazier's hands so much," Gottfried said. "When he penetrated and pitched it to somebody else, for the most part we got a hand up and covered the shooters pretty good, and they had a lot of tough shots."
Leading 37-30 early in the second half, NC State went on a 10-0 run to put the game away. Leslie had five points in the run and also assisted on Richard Howell's 3-point play.
Warren had five points in the Wolfpack's 10-2 run early in the first half.
"T.J. and Rodney gave us a great scoring lift when we needed it in the first half," Gottfried said.
NC State will face Providence or Massachusetts in a second-round game on Friday.
"I think we will be all right by January. I really do. I like my team," Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. "That's the goal of the nonconference, play teams like this, prepare yourself to play in the Big Ten."