Julius Hodge led a balanced attack with 21 points and No. 19 North Carolina State jumped on New Orleans early in a 92-58 victory last night in the first round of the BCA Invitational in Raleigh, N.C.
Jordan Collins scored a career-high 17 points, Engin Atsur had 14 and four other players finished with at least eight in the season opener.
N.C. State plays Elon, a 73-59 winner over Fairleigh Dickinson, in the second round tonight.
The Wolfpack made their first five shots and scored the first 11 points, never giving the Privateers and Coach Monte Towe a chance. Towe starred at N.C. State during the 1970s, leading a team that included David Thompson and Tom Burleson to the 1974 NCAA championship. Both Thompson and Burleson were on hand for the game.
"This has been a highlight for me, to bring my team in here to Raleigh," Towe said. "I have to give North Carolina State all the credit in the world. I've always thought [Coach] Herb Sendek has done a great job."
After Collins started the scoring with two free throws, Tony Bethel and Levi Watkins each made a pair of three-pointers. Collins added a three-point play, and N.C. State didn't miss until Hodge's first shot about 51/2 minutes into the game.
Atsur had four three-pointers -- all in the first half -- as the Wolfpack made 11 of 28 from beyond the arc.
"I guess making shots can be contagious," Hodge said. "Guys were really feeding off each other. This is the most confident the team has been in the offense since I've been here. We're just going to continue to follow the plan."
Bo McCalebb led New Orleans with 21 points.
* OHIO STATE 78, ARIZONA 45: Caity Matter made four three-pointers in scoring 20 points to lead No. 10 Ohio State at home in the semifinals of the Women's NIT.
The Buckeyes (3-0) will play at No. 11 Notre Dame on Saturday night for the championship.
Matter hit 7 of 12 shots from the field and both of her free throws and added four assists and four rebounds. Brandie Hoskins added 14 points and six assists and Jessica Davenport had 15 points for the Buckeyes.
Shawntinice Polk led the 24th-ranked Wildcats (2-1) with 16 points.
* NOTRE DAME 76, DUKE 65: Jacqueline Batteast scored 17 points, including 10 during a decisive three-minute run in the second half, to lead the No. 11 Fighting Irish (3-0) past the No. 6 Blue Devils in a WNIT semifinal in South Bend, Ind.
Monique Currie led Duke (2-1) with 14 points and 11 rebounds.