After a first-half performance that looked like the entire Elon game (which for those who have forgotten was absolutely terrible), the Wolfpack got it together in the second half and beat Holy Cross 87-70. The Wolfpack scored 54 points in the second half.
There were stretches in tonight’s game, especially in the second half, where NC State looked like it should playing Holy Cross — completely dominant. The problem was that those stretches were paired with scoring droughts and periods where the Pack looked lost. Holy Cross has been an NCAA team in the past, but the group that came to the RBC Center tonight was not overly impressive.
Farnold Degand’s solid play at the point tonight (12 points and 9 assists) showed once again that Julius Mays should not play at the one, ever. Mays did have a solid game offensively (15 points) as far as shooting the ball goes, but he’s not a PG.
Since Sidney Lowe’s rotations have yet to show any signs of consistency, here’s a thought on how to handle this group of guys.
First off the bench
Farnold Degand (for Williams)
Josh Davis (for Williams or Wood)
Richard Howell (for Horner of Smith)
Jordan Vandenberg (for Smith)
Julius Mays (lord help us)
Deshawn Painter (not sure what’s up with Painter, he didn’t play against UF or tonight)
Comment with your thoughts on the rotation issue and check back tomorrow for more on the basketball team at this point in the season.