NC State fell to #8 FSU 67-61 in a hard-fought battle.
Devon Daniels led the Pack with 18 points and 9 boards while Jericole Hellems added 14 points and 7 boards. State only got 26 minutes out of their most productive big, DJ Funderburk, due to some questionable foul calls. He finished with just 9 points and 4 boards.
FSU’s length really bothered Markell Johnson and CJ Bryce who combined for just 13 points. Johnson added 5 assists and Bryce had 4 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough from the two seniors.
The Noles really hammered the Pack on the offensive glass, coming up with 15 offensive rebounds to NC State’s 11.
NC State now sits squarely on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament with must-wins games against UNC and Pitt looming. Then it’s a rematch with the Blue Devils at their place before the season finale at home vs. Wake.
If the Pack can win 3 of those 4 games, they will likely have played themselves into being one of the last teams in selected for the tournament. However, drop drop two of them and they may be on the outside looking in.