Live Blogging from the Central Game

The Pack takes the court at 7 tonight against a second consecutive D-1 newbie, the North Carolina Central Eagles. Lowe’s squad continues to search the corners of the earth for an opponent crappy enough to provide a comfortable win. Sagarin has 1-18 NCCU at 329, 14 slots behind the mighty Blue Hose of Prebyterian College. I will be front-row, center court (but on the upper level), and God and blackberry willing, live blogging this glorious event. Don’t expect updates more frequently than the media time-outs.

Pregame – There is NOBODY here. A guy just flipped off the fan cam. This amused me, as I am very immature. I am not so crass as to bastardize the national anthem, though. That always pisses me off.

7:12 – Pack up 3, halfcourt O still sucks. Central starts a white guy, FWIW.

7:19 – Up to 12-3 Pack. The people love Simon Harris, and I concur. He busts his ass.

7:22 – Central cuts lead to 7. We are playing great D, but still giving up loads of offensive boards.

7:29 – Another offensive board, followed by a 3. Lead down to 16-10.

7:31 – Grant has made 2 really awful passes to the low post. Each overshot Hickson by a good 3 feet.

7:35 – Simon tries for 3. Very bad idea. 18-12, Pack.

7:37 – Oh shit. Fells just collapsed in a heap holding his ankle/foot.

7:41 – Fells hobbled to locker room, with help. Putting no weight on right foot at all. Grant has 2 fouls, so Javi, Trevor, and Simon all playing together. This does not strike me as a lineup built to score. I shudder at the thought of this lineup in CH on Saturday.

7:45 – JJ is 6-6 from stripe. Has half our points.

Halftime – Javi closes the half with 3 points on 2 nice drives to the bucket. 27-18.

7:57 – Apparently Barry Manilow “Music and Passion” is coming to the ESA. I would rather be shot, I think.

8:10 – 2 Costner 3s key big spurt. 35-18, Pack. Eagles had 11 offensive boards in first half. Wow.

8:22 – Trevor keeps on shooting, and the people really want him to score. Their faith is not being rewarded. Pack leads easily if not artfully, 39-22.

8:26 – Central has a player who is 1-13 from the floor and 0-4 from the line.

8:29 – 1-14 now. 40-24, Pack. Can we hold them under 30?

8:31 – Troubling stat – Ben is scoreless.

8:41 – Ben breaks his cherry with old-fashioned 3 point play. Just under 4 to go and Pack up 45-26. Defense!

8:44 – Trevor scores! The people are pleased.

8:47 – Smith gets block and bucket. Central up to 29, damn it.

Your final score – NC State 54, NC Central 29. The defense holds!

About BJD95

1995 NC State graduate, sufferer of Les and MOC during my entire student tenure. An equal-opportunity objective critic and analyst of Wolfpack sports.

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112 Responses to Live Blogging from the Central Game

  1. doug74 01/09/2008 at 4:51 PM #

    I predict we hold them below 30 % from the field.

  2. Trip 01/09/2008 at 5:03 PM #

    I’ll be at the game as well… student section once again placed behind the goal. Hoping for a blowout, but I’m going to have to buy blood pressure/anxiety medicine if we continue playing games this freaking close.

    Good news for Horner:

    http://www.gopack.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=9200&ATCLID=1365266

    Horner Improving: Sophomore forward Dennis Horner, who sat out Saturday’s game against Presbyterian after injuring an ankle in practice last week, is making progress and could be back for Saturday’s ACC opener at UNC.

    “He’s not on the crutches and that’s a good thing,” said Lowe. “He said it felt good and he’s anticipating coming back for Saturday’s ballgame.”

  3. ncsubch2000 01/09/2008 at 5:07 PM #

    We really need a firing on all cylinders blowout tonight to get some confidence going into conference play.

  4. highonlowe 01/09/2008 at 5:21 PM #

    I’m unsure who is getting the start tonight, but I want to see more Johnson and less Gonzalez tonight.

  5. redfred2 01/09/2008 at 5:35 PM #

    Who has any idea how they’ll play tonight? This is their last chance to get their act together before the real pooh hits the fan though.

  6. wufpup76 01/09/2008 at 6:07 PM #

    see you there … (probably not, but i’ll be perched high-up in my sweet 3rd level seat as well) …

    go pack!

  7. Trip 01/09/2008 at 6:12 PM #

    My comment got moderated for a link I guess, but, here’s good news without the link :P

    Horner Improving: Sophomore forward Dennis Horner, who sat out Saturday’s game against Presbyterian after injuring an ankle in practice last week, is making progress and could be back for Saturday’s ACC opener at UNC.

    “He’s not on the crutches and that’s a good thing,” said Lowe. “He said it felt good and he’s anticipating coming back for Saturday’s ballgame.”

  8. VaWolf82 01/09/2008 at 6:16 PM #

    We really need a firing on all cylinders blowout tonight to get some confidence going into conference play.

    This game does absolutely nothing for State…including building confidence.

  9. highstick 01/09/2008 at 6:50 PM #

    Is this game televised?

  10. PAPacker 01/09/2008 at 7:34 PM #

    no

  11. PAPacker 01/09/2008 at 7:36 PM #

    20-14

  12. PAPacker 01/09/2008 at 7:37 PM #

    fells goes out with injury to right foot, Ferguson replaces him

  13. RAWFS 01/09/2008 at 7:38 PM #

    This game does absolutely nothing for State…including building confidence.

    It was probably designed to build depth, but we cannot extend a lead far enough to get the deep reserves any meaningful minutes.

  14. PAPacker 01/09/2008 at 7:38 PM #

    fells helped off the court

  15. sf59 01/09/2008 at 7:46 PM #

    JC

  16. Sweet jumper 01/09/2008 at 7:48 PM #

    Fells injured. Ferguson is playing. We are not extending the lead. We play in Chapel Hill in days. Holy crap!

  17. Carnot 01/09/2008 at 7:53 PM #

    This looks like an intensely boring game. Replacing Fells with Fergie is not how I would like to see the depth building process go. ugh.

  18. gopack17 01/09/2008 at 7:55 PM #

    Can anybody there tell me how MJ is doing?
    What about Costner and McCauley?

  19. chilly water 01/09/2008 at 8:01 PM #

    I DO NOT UNDERSTAND.

  20. MattN 01/09/2008 at 8:04 PM #

    0-10 from 3 pt line. Words fail me.

    Has anyone ever posted a goose-egg in the ACC season?

  21. gopack17 01/09/2008 at 8:06 PM #

    wow i just looked at the box score- 0-10 from 3 land
    37.5% shooting
    i guess that explains we we’ve only got 27 at halftime

  22. redfred2 01/09/2008 at 8:06 PM #

    Ferguson will score 9 + points tonight.

  23. MattN 01/09/2008 at 8:06 PM #

    And lets not forget Central, one of the worst teams in college ball, has 10 offensive rebounds.

  24. Sw0rdf1sh 01/09/2008 at 8:09 PM #

    Oh dear Fells, we can’t lose you.

    So goes you, so goes the pack.

  25. chilly water 01/09/2008 at 8:11 PM #

    ecu up 3 at memphis whoooooooooo hooooooooooooooo

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