NC State overcomes cold start to beat NCCU (Updated with video)

NC State overcame a lackluster first half performance against North Carolina Central, scoring 50 second half points, in a 77-42 win at the RBC Center. Tracy Smith led the Wolfpack with 23 points and five rebounds on 9 of 11 shooting from the field.

The Wolfpack shot 60 percent from the field for the game despite the slow start and forced the Eagles into 26 percent shooting. NCCU, who has not won a game against a Division 1 opponent all season, shot just 13 of 49 for the game and turned the ball over 15 times.

Sidney Lowe said he had fun competing against his friend Levelle Moton, Central’s first-year head coach.

“It’s fun to compete against your buddies and he does a real nice job with those guys,” he said. “We’ve talked about players and recruiting. I knew he was going to come out and throw some stuff at us. He’s an excellent coach, an excellent guy. He’s going to get his guys in there and they’re going to be tough.”

The Wolfpack started the game as cold as the freezing temperatures outside the RBC Center, allowing the Eagles to build a six point lead with nine minutes left in the first half. State pulled ahead less than three minutes later and finished the first half on a 15-2 run to take a 27-20 lead into halftime.

In the second half NC State couldn’t miss, shooting nearly 8o percent on 18 of 23 shooting. Lowe said it was good to pick up a win — even though it came against a non-conference opponent — after dropping two straight ACC games.

“For us at this particular time it was good because we had a couple of losses and we’re trying to get back on track,” he said. “Now we’re going to get back into the ACC.”

Because of temperatures in the 20s and snow across much of the Triangle, Saturday’s crowd gave the Wolfpack little energy at the beginning of the game. Smith said it was weird to see so few fans in the RBC Center despite knowing that the weather would impact the turnout.

“They came out at the beginning of the game with more energy than we did. We knew that coming in,” he said. “Everybody said in the locker room that we needed to create our own energy and we did that in the second half. It’s pretty weird but we kind of expected that. We want to keep our fans safe.”

Richard Howell and Josh Davis played well for NC State off the bench, scoring eight points each in only 25 combined minutes. Davis, who has been a high energy reserve for the Wolfpack much of the year, said he just wanted to bring energy and help his team.

“I know I just play as hard as I can and give energy to the team,” he said. “That’s my job and I try to do it every game.”

Lowe said he was also happy to get other reserves, namely Deshawn Painter and Enrico Kufuor, minutes at the end of the game. Painter scored four points in four minutes and Kufuor tallied two, but it was effort plays from both that Lowe noticed.

“I was so proud of two things happened late. One was Enrico’s play and the other was Deshawn Painter when he dove for that loose ball and we got it That says a lot for that young man,” he said.”The game was pretty much over but they were continuing to play. That tells a lot about the character of them and this ball club.”

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29 Responses to NC State overcomes cold start to beat NCCU (Updated with video)

  1. ncsufan13 01/30/2010 at 6:07 PM #

    “NC State overcomes cold start to beat NCCU.”

    That pun was pretty cringe worthy.

  2. LKNpackfan 01/30/2010 at 6:11 PM #

    ^it wasn’t was hokey as commenting about it

  3. ncsufan13 01/30/2010 at 6:15 PM #

    ^ Coming up with extremely lame puns is an art form. It deserves recognition. =P

  4. D_Medlin 01/30/2010 at 6:53 PM #

    Headline writing is an art form…haha.

    Some are better, or worse, than others.

  5. Wolfy__79 01/30/2010 at 7:26 PM #

    after the slow start here i am, omg. we are terrible. i assumed we would start slow as usual… it was really good to see the second half, when they got things running a little more smoothly. josh davis was good to see, he gives it his all. thomas coming in late was a suprise too, he just completely fell off the radar. additionally painter looked good, i’ve never really noticed his size as much as today… he’s a really “long” athlete. sure wish these kids earned more time to contribute.

    i really hope that this young team can learn something from this game, take as much lesson from the earlier part of the season and carry on to success in the final stretch of the year. it would be so nice to move on at this point and finish strong. despite not being “as talented,” as some have said this year, compared to others in the league.. i firmly believe this team can compete with 3/4’s of the ACC… & win. alot remains to be seen…

  6. Rochester 01/30/2010 at 7:34 PM #

    Any idea why Mays started over Javi? Was it just a chance to get him some more PT given the opponent or is there more to it? Javi played great on Tuesday (and he was really the only one).

  7. ncsu05mit10 01/30/2010 at 7:35 PM #

    how many times this year have we had a slow start, a bad half, or a terrible finish? this team rarely puts a complete game together, and when they do, they can beat a team like Duke soundly. it just frustrates me to no end. Every ACC team has had their way with NCCU by 30 points or more, so this should be a typical win for us. But I don’t think this game really tells us any more about this team that we already don’t know.

  8. D_Medlin 01/30/2010 at 7:41 PM #

    Javi broke a team rule.

  9. VaWolf82 01/30/2010 at 7:52 PM #

    this team rarely puts a complete game together, and when they do, they can beat a team like Duke soundly. it just frustrates me to no end.

    Free advice….be pleasantly surprised when a complete performance happens, instead of expecting it before the game starts.

  10. Wolfy__79 01/30/2010 at 8:08 PM #

    although i prefer mays to javi, i do like javi to start the games off for us. when we were at our best so far this year, javi started and mays was worked into the game once things settled down. i would like to see more of this.. and as much of davis, painter, thomas as we can stand. … …

  11. wolfpackattack89 01/30/2010 at 9:45 PM #

    Leave it to bad attitude Javi to break the rules

  12. Broccoman 01/31/2010 at 5:53 AM #

    Is this like Javi’s 3rd time or something?

  13. D_Medlin 01/31/2010 at 9:18 AM #

    Something like that.

    But remember, Farnold missed several games earlier in the year because of similar issues. What Javi did can’t be that bad.

  14. Wulfpack 01/31/2010 at 9:43 AM #

    Non-conference News of Note:

    Huge last second win for Marquette (4-5, 13-8) over UConn. In a three-way tie fo 8th in the Big East, amazingly the Golden Eagles are still in the hunt. Northwestern (3-6, 14-7) suffered yet another loss in the Big Ten, this one to undefeated Michigan State. The Wildcats have struggled mightily in conference play and would have to be on the outisde looking in at this juncture. Arizona (5-3, 11-9) plays Pac 10 leading Cal today. That’s a must win for Sean Miller’s squad. Florida (4-2, 15-5) has a key game on national television against the Vols in Knoxville today. Auburn (2-5, 11-11) beat Bama by a point yesterday but will need to win the conference tournament for a ticket to the Big Dance.

  15. VaWolf82 01/31/2010 at 9:49 AM #

    Effect of NCCU on State’s RPI:

    State’s RPI….. 95 -> 108
    OOC SOS….. 247 -> 290
    Overall SOS… 81 -> 116

    After yesterday, State moved past UM and UVA for the worst RPI ranking in the ACC.

  16. Wulfpack 01/31/2010 at 10:14 AM #

    Thanks VaWolf. I was wondering what effect it would have.

    I don’t think yesterday’s game served any real purpose. Some may say that it was important for the team to regain some sort of confidence by beating up on the worst team in the country. I don’t see it. I know Sid and Central’s coach are buddies, but that game pretty much did nothing for the program. Conference play is a different animal. I think we could have really used a key non-conference game in that slot that could have helped us out come March. I know scheduling decisions aren’t made in a vacuum. But I also know that this win does zero for the program.

  17. VaWolf82 01/31/2010 at 10:55 AM #

    There’s no reason to think that this season is heading anywhere special, never mind the NCAAT….but what if State had a real shot at getting to 8-8/9-7 in conference? With such a miserable OOC schedule, State would still need a win on Friday in the ACCT before you could even begin thinking about clearing the bubble.

  18. Wolfy__79 01/31/2010 at 2:12 PM #

    the hope of post season play shrinks with each game now, i would rather lets focus on each game and see what happens. in so many cases, statistics are for dummies. i have 0 care for any rpi, ranking, polling that would still have unc ranked in the top two five with as many losses that they have had, and they’ll probably creep back in with a win against us unless they lose to uva. point being, some folks are disecting relish here.. no need to look further, IMO.. not to offend anyone…

  19. 61Packer 01/31/2010 at 2:46 PM #

    I think this is the most important time of the season for State. The next 9 games will go a lot further toward program development and a post-season berth than the first 9 games of this season did.

    If State wins 6 of their final 9 games, and avoids a first-round loss in the ACC Tourney, an 8-8 or better ACC record would get them at least on the NCAA bubble. But before you get too excited, 5 of those 9 games are road games, and the 4 home games are against VT, Maryland, Wake and BC. I doubt we’ll win all our home games, probably just half. That leaves us at about 5-11 or 6-10 in the ACC.

    That would probably get us in the NIT, and no doubt in the same bracket with Arizona State. Wolfpack vs Sun Devils would be an ESPNU dream matchup but a nightmare for many Wolfpack fans.

  20. Wulfpack 01/31/2010 at 3:04 PM #

    The Pack isn’t getting any help today. Tennessee beats Florida and then Miami beats Virginia Tech — meaning State (2-5) is currently tied for last place with the Canes (2-5).

  21. VaWolf82 01/31/2010 at 3:13 PM #

    Don’t worry, all that improvement will show up any day now. 😉

  22. Wolfy__79 01/31/2010 at 3:34 PM #

    haha, i knew we’d slide back to last place before our next conference tip. hopefully this will be our last visit at the bottom of the conference.

  23. Thinkpack17 01/31/2010 at 3:58 PM #

    “The Pack isn’t getting any help today. Tennessee beats Florida and then Miami beats Virginia Tech…”

    Miami beating VTech only really hurts us in the short term and only hampers our goal of not being last in the conference. Bigger picture it hangs another lost on an ACC team ahead of us in the standings and makes it more of a muddled mess. That could benefit our long term goals and more ambitious visions of climbing to the upper-middle class of the ACC. If we can just take care of business.

  24. Wolfy__79 01/31/2010 at 4:09 PM #

    yes, i’ll have a side of that taking care of business stuff.. sounds pretty dog’on good!…

  25. Wolfy__79 01/31/2010 at 4:11 PM #

    well, it just boils down to a good start at uva.. this is possible. i’ll be glad to see what they look like against the tarboilers tonight.. hopefully they are the better team..

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