#25 Missouri 68 – NC State 64
Mark Gottfried Postgame Audio
TJ Warren finished with 24 points and 13 boards while Dez Lee added 12, but it wasn’t enough as Missouri’s dynamic duo, Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown combined for 38 points in Missouri’s 68-64 come from behind victory.
The Wolfpack seemingly controlled this entire game until Missouri reeled off an 11-1 run late in the second half. While State led throughout this one, Missouri never let the game get away from them. They stayed within striking distance the whole game and finally broke through with 6 minutes left, when Jabari Brown buried a 3 to finally tie the game. From there it was back and forth until Brown knocked down another 3 with less than a minute to go followed by Cat Barber missing the front end of a one and one. After 2 Jordan Clarkson free throws and a poor shot by Ralston Turner, the win was sealed for Missouri.
Let’s take a deeper look into why NC State fell apart in this one:
– TJ Warren finished with 24 points and 13 boards, but he didn’t score over the final 12 minutes. That was the decider in this one. When Warren isn’t scoring, NC State state struggles to put up points. It seemed as if TJ was either a little tired, or just settling for jumpers, but he wasn’t working to get easy buckets like he was in the first half. Also, credit Missouri for making things really tough on him in those final 12 minutes.
– 57% from the FT line. That’s pretty much unacceptable. I know these guys work on free throws every practice after sprints to mimic the fatigue they feel during a game, so I’m not really sure what this was all about. Guys you wouldn’t expect to knock them down, like Tyler Lewis and TJ Warren, missed them. Cat Barber missed a very crucial one and one down the stretch that really hurt NC State.
– Speaking of Cat Barber, he had his worst game as a college player. I think he was thrown off a bit after he got 2 quick fouls and sat almost the whole first half. It really took him out of rhythm and he just didn’t look like himself. He did finish with 6 points and 6 assists, but he just wasn’t very aggressive and he struggled shooting the basketball where he was only 2-11.
– This team has trouble with the zone. Missouri is the first team NC State has faced that has been big, strong, quick and also sat back in a zone. State struggled against the zone early in the season, but lately has played better against it. Missouri, however, was able to stop dribble penetration and limit passes to the interior of the zone. This made the Pack settle for a lot of 3s, and that is not their strong suit. State shot only 28% from 3 point range. TJ Warren hurt the Pack here, going only 1-7 from beyond the arc.
Even though this was a loss for the Pack, it’s good to remember that this is a young team that is still learning. Every game is a learning experience. With that said, let’s take a look at some ‘bright spots’ from the game:
– Dez Lee had an amazing first half. Lee scored 10 of his 12 points in the first half and was all over the floor. He was hitting 3s, finishing on the break and really holding down Jabari Brown on the defensive end. In the second half Lee sort of disappeared. He wasn’t as aggressive and didn’t really force the issue. Lee is still new to this level and is doing his best to fit into his role. I think a more aggressive Lee makes NC State a much better basketball team. Dez needs to step up a little more and take control when things get rough. He’s got that kind of talent.
– Kyle Washington broke out. I think we finally got a taste of why K.Wash was being so heavily recruited by schools like Florida and Ohio State. He was in the zone in this one, scoring 10 points, all in the 2nd half. Washington flashed a nice midrange jumper and a soft lefty hook. He also flashed some serious confidence and passion down the stretch. Remember, this kid is still a freshman who is coming into his own. Seeing him have a game like this is a huge plus going forward for the Pack.
– Overall, NC State played really well against Missouri. This was the #25 team in the nation and the Wolfpack could have easily walked away with a victory. I think this was a great learning experience for this young team and it will certainly help them going forward. Missouri has some of the best guards the Pack will see all season and they held their ground. State was pretty dominant for the first 30 minutes of this game, they just need to learn how to step on a team’s throat when they have them down.
NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game
NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: BY THE NUMBERS
Survive and Advance. Some days it’s just like that.
NC State found a way to win at home over Georgia Tech 72-64 with Terquavion Smith and Jarkel Joiner combining for a whopping 10 points, shooting 3-17. They each had 5 points, and entered the game ranked 1st (Smith) and 5th (Joiner) in the ACC in scoring.
How did the Wolfpack find a way to victory?
Burns. Ross. Morsell.
DJ Burns carried the team on his back, scoring 24 points (11-21 FG) and grabbing 8 boards. Ernest Ross reminded us once again what he’s capable of, coming off the bench to score 16 points, shooting 4 of 8 from the field. Most importantly, Ross was a perfect 7 for 7 from the free throw line. He also had 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.
The shots might not have been falling for Smith and Joiner, but don’t forget about Casey Morsell. He scored 17 points, making 6 of his 9 field goal attempts, and 4 of 7 from beyond the arch. He also had 5 rebounds and 3 steals.
Smith’s shot might have been off, but his passing game wasn’t. His 10 assists were a new career high, toppling his former best of 7 against Miami back in December.
Once again, NC State managed to find a way to win a game in which the other team shot better (44.1/41.9) than them. Heck, the Yellow Jackets out rebounded them (37-36).
How you ask?
Well, NC State forced Georgia Tech to commit 17 turnovers, scoring 11 points off of them (Georgia Tech had 5 points off of turnovers). Also, the Wolfpack had more offensive rebounds than the Yellow Jackets (12-10), scoring 11 second chance points (The Yellow Jackets had 7 second chance points).
Georgia Tech entered today’s game having won 4 straight against NC State in PNC Arena, and the Wolfpack found a way to snap that streak.
A 14-3 run by NC State in the final 4 minutes was enough for the Pack to seal the deal.
NC State will have a chance to pick up a Quad 1 win over UVA on the road on Tuesday night at 9pm.
NC State 72 Georgia Tech 64: BOX SCORE
NC State’s Men’s Basketball team improved to 19-5 and 9-4 in ACC play today, defeating Georgia Tech 72-64 in PNC Arena.
Where Does NC State Rank in Team Stats in the ACC Before Georgia Tech?
Before NC State and Georgia Tech tipoff at 1pm, here’s a look at where the Wolfpack ranks in the ACC in team stats.
The Wolfpack lead the ACC in points per game, and rank 7th in points given up per game. As a result, NC State’s scoring margin is 10.13, which ranks 2nd in the conference.
The Wolfpack scores a lot, but it isn’t because they are one of the best shooting teams in the ACC, ranking 11th in Free Throw Percentage, 8th in Field Goal Percentage, and 8th in Three Point Percentage.
The reason that NC State leads the ACC in scoring is because of the way they attack the offensive glass, and the way they force turnovers. The Wolfpack forced 319 turnovers, which leads the ACC, and boast a 4.09 Turnover Margin, which also leads the conference. The Wolfpack also rank 2nd in the ACC in Offensive Rebounds. Not shockingly, they lead the ACC in steals, averaging 8.3.
The Wolfpack rank 9th in Assists, but rank 3rd in Assist/Turnover Ratio. NC State has turned over their opponent better than anyone else, and they also have done a good job taking care of the ball.
NC State ranks 2nd in Blocks and 3rd in Rebounding Margin.