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Game Recap: Wolfpack Turns Chapel Hill Red 58-46

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What a result and a spirited effort on both sides of the ball for the Pack tonight as they took down bitter rival UNC. Not only did State play great defense but the history books will forever back up tonight’s effort as they held UNC to the fewest points they have ever scored in the Dean Dome. That is not a hyperbole and yes it may take a moment for that to sink in. This game was a microcosm for NC State this season as they held a big lead (16 at one point) only to let the opponent claw back (within 2), but this time they found the way to win. Trevor Lacey stated after the game,” We are learning how to win.” This team has certainly played great basketball of late; currently on a 3 game win streak. Another impressive feat for this team is that they are now 4-3 on the road in the ACC with wins at Louisville and UNC.

There were plenty of big moments in this game as State found a way each time to quiet a ruckus crowd. I had a front row view tonight and must give the UNC fans credit as it was almost impossible to hear as they made their run in the second half. During that run State had to burn a couple of time-outs just to get themselves steadied after UNC delivered some big haymakers. In the second half UNC turned up the defensive pressure which the Pack struggled with, only to find the soft spots in the greatest time of need. Coach Gottfried coached an excellent game and made a key sub in Dez Lee to help counter the hectic run and jump defense of the heels. In my opinion Dez deserves a ton of credit as he settled the Pack with two big free throws when it seemed like State could not score. Those two points seemed to give the Pack a lift and confidence to finish the job.

Cat Barber was great again as he used his speed and quickness to attack UNC in the paint. He also hit some tough shots as the shot clock approached zero. On the night he finished with 15 points, 4 assists, and 4 rebounds. Not only was he instrumental on offense but he was tasked with chasing Marcus Paige around all night. How did he fare? Paige finished the game with 7 points on 3-8 shooting. Finally NC State was able to remove this notorious thorn from their side. Cat was a main reason why Paige could not find any daylight. Trevor Lacey was also big time and continues to support the statistics that he is the best 1 on 1 scorer in college basketball. Tonight he found a way to beat the longer more athletic Tokoto.

The punctuation mark came when Lacey caught the ball at the top of the key, as he looked to shoot the three ball he saw an opening…He drives right into the paint with Tokoto on his back to finish a difficult layup as Tokoto fouls him. He then calmly steps to the line and sinks the free throw. Trevor finished with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. Talk about filling the stat sheet. Lacey and Barber were the dynamic duo tonight but Ralston “Freeze” Turner hit some insanely big three pointers that all came at crucial points in the game. In the midst of a flurry of turnovers that led to UNC fast break points, Ralston was able to hit a couple of threes that silenced the UNC faithful. State does not win this game without Ralston and his outside shooting. Turner finished the game with 14 points on 4-8 shooting from distance.

A win on the road against the 15th ranked Tarheels does wonders for our program. It should give our players a confidence boost knowing that they can win in a hostile environment. Not only does this win solidify the fact that NC State Basketball is on the upswing but it does wonders for our NCAA resume. I can confidently say with tonight’s win we are firmly in the field of 68, but let’s pump the brakes as we must regain focus and beat Boston College. I am all for enjoying the win tonight and tomorrow, yet there is still lots of work to be done. Tonight NC State succeeded in accomplishing a feat that is nothing to trivialize and that is beating both Duke and UNC. I said it before the only way we can gain respect is to beat these two team and thus far we have.  There is no doubt that this team is getting better and nothing supports that fact better than waltzing into Chapel Hill and leaving with a win.

There is no better sight than a Red Bell Tower…especially it being lit after a win against North Carolina.

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wolfpack74
wolfpack74
9 years ago

Someone ask Gott why he doesn’t offer Stone a scholarship.  Newman has said he would like to play on the same college team as Stone.  Then why not try to get the two five star players for 2015.  We have plenty of scholarships left.

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
9 years ago

Wolfer96 I have mentioned it before, we need an assistant coach that can teach the big guys offensive moves.  Had we had more production from Abu, Anya, and Washington, we would not have to worry about the remaining minimum four games.  At least Anya is blocking more without fouling.  In my opinion, we still need a PG and another big in this years recruiting.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
9 years ago

I feel like a light bulb went off in Gottfried’s head several games ago. All season he was trying to force Barber to play the traditional PG. I don’t know what happened but Gottfried had an epiphany and realized that Barber is not that kind of guard.  Barber does not have good court vision and doesn’t have good passing ability. What he does have is quickness, ball handling, and a total lack of fear. It feels like Gott finally said “okay enough’s enough” and took the reigns off of Barber. He gave up on trying to make Barber what he… Read more »

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
9 years ago

wolfpack74 Wolfer96 Oh yeah our half court defense was outstanding with Anya as the anchor. What was refreshing was that our guys were communicating. They were pointing to teammates to cover their man. Even on switches we did a good job of recovering and not over-hedging like we’ve been so prone to do all season. We did have a stretch in the 2nd half where our transition defense almost let unc right back in the game but Gott called a couple of quick timeouts to keep the wheels from flying off. All in all, an ugly hard-fought game. We needed a… Read more »

Wolf1247
Wolf1247
9 years ago

PI, you should have showed ANYA some love in this article. His presence in the middle was crucial.

Tyler White
Tyler White
9 years ago
Reply to  Wolf1247

We are going to have more on Anya to come…Don’t worry and you are right he was awesome last night.

shaverlb73
shaverlb73
9 years ago

How many ‘one and dones’ did Carolina have, thanks to our bigs out rebounding them.  Everyone is used to seeing Carolina get easy put backs and dunks to spark the crowd, but not tonight.  Our bigs deserve a lot of respect for keeping the game in hand.

THEOKEEP
THEOKEEP
9 years ago

True indeed

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
9 years ago

THEOKEEP I am also.  He hasn’t had enough time in a single game to get into the flow.  He can also play defense when required.

THEOKEEP
THEOKEEP
9 years ago

Im glad coach played Desmond Lee a composed player.

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
9 years ago

Wolfer96 It’s obvious we need BJ in the middle.  It wasn’t pretty, but a win at UNC is worth two at home.

wolfpack74
wolfpack74
9 years ago

It’s almost time to get the bandwagon out of the barn.  Where has the defensive effort been all year?  Not complaining or whining, just hope it keeps on going.

Wolfer96
Wolfer96
9 years ago

What a game, what a game. 

BJ holding down the paint, Turner hitting from outside, Cat slicing and dicing, and everyone contributing on the glass. Finally a win at the Dean dome!

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NC State’s DJ Horne Named to Portsmouth Invitational All-Tournament Team

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NC State’s DJ Horne played in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this weekend, and he was named to the All-Tournament Team.

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In 3 games, Horne averaged 14.3 points, shooting 41.5% from the field, and 30% from three.

Horne’s Portsmouth Partnership team made it to the finals, but lost to Jani-King 68-75.

The Portsmouth Invitational is an annual pre-draft camp that has been showcasing College Seniors to professional scouts since 1953.

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NC State Has Shown Interest in Utah Guard Transfer Deivon Smith

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NC State has reached out to Utah Transfer Guard Deivon Smith (6’0″/173).

Smith filled up the stat sheet every game this year, averaging 13.3 points, 7.1 assists and 6.3 rebounds, shooting 46.7% from the field and 40.8% from three for Utah. He earned All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention this season. Smith had 8 double-doubles and 1 triple-double this year.

Wherever Smith lands, this will be his 4th college. He started at Mississippi St., starting in 8 of the 33 games he played in, averaging 22.5 minutes per game. Smith went on to spend his next two seasons at Georgia Tech. Year 1 in Atlanta, Smith started in 5 of the 24 games he played in, averaging 19.7 minutes per game. In Year 2, he carved out more of a role, starting in 13 of the 24 games he played in for the Yellow Jackets, averaging a career high 24.8 minutes per game.

At Utah this year, Smith broke out and had a career year in every possible way.

NC State is familiar with Smith, offering him back when he was a 4-Star prospect out of Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia. Rivals ranked Smith as the #53 overall player nationally in the 2020 recruiting class. ESPN ranked him as the #5 player in the state of Georgia. 247Sports ranked him as the #11 Point Guard in his class.

 

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NC State has Dominated UNC in Athletics in 2023-24

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After NC State clinched a series victory over UNC last night in Baseball, I thought it would be a good time to relish in how the Wolfpack has dominated the Tar Heels Athletic Program as a whole in 2023-24.

The Wolfpack Baseball team has won the first two games in the series against the Tar Heels, clinching a series victory over UNC for the first time since 2021. It marks the first time NC State has won a series against the Tar Heels in Raleigh since 2016.

NC State defeated UNC in Volleyball 3-1, winning in Chapel Hill for the first time in 25 years. The Tar Heels had won the last 5 matches against the Wolfpack.

The Wolfpack defeated the Tar Heels 39-20 in Football in Carter-Finley Stadium. It marked the 3rd consecutive win over UNC.

NC State lost both regular season games to UNC in Men’s Basketball, but when it mattered most, the Wolfpack defeated the Tar Heels in the ACC Championship Game 84-76, winning their first title since 1987.

The Wolfpack Women’s Basketball team lost to their rival in Chapel Hill, but defeated UNC 63-59 in Reynolds Coliseum. NC State has won 5 of the last 7 against UNC.

In Gymnastics, NC State defeated UNC 196.725-194.925 in Raleigh. This marked the 3rd straight victory for the Wolfpack over the Tar Heels.

NC State’s Men & Women’s Swimming & Diving teams both beat UNC. The Men won 258-93, and the Women won 196-157.

The Wolfpack Wrestling team defeated UNC 33-6 in Reynolds Coliseum. NC State has won 11 straight Duals against the Tar Heels.

The NC State Men’s Tennis team defeated UNC 4-0, winning against their rival in back-to-back years.

The Wolfpack Women’s Tennis team has defeated the Tar Heels 4-3 on two occasions thus far this season, and will face their rival again today.

The Cross Country teams didn’t have individual meets against UNC, but the Women obviously beat them, because they won the ACC Championship. The Men didn’t, finishing 8th in the Conference, with the Tar Heels finishing 1st.

The only other NC State athletic team that didn’t taste victory against UNC this year was the Women’s Soccer team, losing 0-4 in Raleigh.

Of course, each of these NC State athletic teams has much higher goals than just beating their rival, but there’s no denying how sweet it is to beat the Tar Heels.

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Louisville Transfer Guard Mike James is Currently Visiting NC State

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Louisville Transfer Guard Mike James (6’5″/200) is on a visit to NC State currently, according to a source.

Indiana State Transfer Ryan Conwell was on campus last week, but he just committed to Xavier.

From what I hear, the staff preferred James over Connell anyway. A plus with James is he has 2 years of eligibility, whereas Conwell has 1.

News broke about James entering the Transfer Portal back on March 25th, and NC State was quick to reach out. Kevin Keatts and his staff recruited the former 4-star prospect out of high school heavily, but he ultimately chose the Cardinals.

Rivals ranked James as the #71 overall player in the 2021 recruiting class, and ESPN ranked him as the #7 prospect in the state of Florida.

After redshirting his first year in Louisville due to torn achilles, James has been a starter for the Cardinals the past two years. This year, he averaged 12.6 points and 5 rebounds.

For a more extensive look at James’ game, click here.

Rivals ranks James as the #77 overall player in the Transfer Portal.

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