State goes cold in 67-58 loss to Terps

Greivis Vasquez scored 26 points to help lead Maryland past NC State 67-58. -Ethan Hyman/N&O

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Different night, same story for NC State.

The Wolfpack hit just one field goal in the final ten minutes against the Terps, allowing Maryland to erase a 10-point halftime deficit and pick up a nine-point win in its third game in five days. The Terps (18-7, 8-3), led by Greivis Vasquez, climbed into second place in the ACC with Wednesday night’s win and pushed NC State even deeper into the bottom of the conference standings.

Vasquez scored 26 points (17 in the second half) and dished out six assists while freshman Jordan Williams tallied 19 points and 11 boards. Dennis Horner led NC State (14-13, 2-10) with 19 points and ten boards, but only one other player, Tracy Smith, scored in double figures for the Pack.

“Like him or not, he’s a tough guy. He’s tough mentally and he just took the team right on his back and led them in there,” Sidney Lowe said of Vasquez. “That’s what good players do. I think we have a guy that can lead from a scoring standpoint but I don’t think we have anyone on the perimeter or anywhere else that will lead.”

Freshman forward Scott Wood, who scored nine points in 26 minutes, summed up NC State’s loss simply.

“Bad shots, turnovers, no defense, no energy, you want anymore? Just a lack of execution, coaches can’t do it for us,” he said. “They give us all the right stuff and it seems like we don’t want to do it.”

Maryland’s 22-5 run to end the game completely erased any hope for an NC State victory even after the Wolfpack played well enough to take a 10-point lead into halftime. NC State played as well as it had since the victory over Duke Jan. 20 before faltering in the second half. Lowe said he was pleased with the effort in the first 20 minutes but completely confused by the team he saw during the second 20 minutes.

“Two totally different halves. I thought we played real well both offensively and defensively. I thought we were very aggressive, I thought we executed offensively the way we wanted to and in the second half we came out and turned it over the first time we had the ball,” he said. “We got away from what we did in the first half. As a result we didn’t shoot well in the second half.”

Wood said it’s frustrating to go through stretches like the last 10 minutes of the second half, especially after playing so well for a good part of the night. NC State scored just 21 points in the second half after putting up 37 before the break.

“I don’t want to say it’s a mental block but it’s definitely in your brain and it’s frustrating when you play that well in the first half and you  play well in halves and you play well in spurts and you just can’t put it together for 40 minutes,” he said. “We’re just going to have to keep working. Every fan in the stands saw what we can do in the first half so if we could just put it together we’ll be fine.”

Lowe also commented on the potential of the team but said it’s frustrating to repeatedly see the same types of problems keep NC State from winning games.

“I’m not sure where their pulse is. I know they were disappointed in there, one guy looked like he was going to cry, a lot of guys with their heads down but you know the question is what are you going to do about it? That’s the question,” he said. “I’m frustrated because I’m trying to teach something. it’s not just about playing the game, it’s about how you play the game. To go over time and time and time again and talk about how you ply the game the right way, and making the right decisions and making the right plays. To do it in one half and not do it in the other is frustrating.”

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96 Responses to State goes cold in 67-58 loss to Terps

  1. Wolfy__79 02/18/2010 at 1:37 AM #

    my sentiments exactly! this season is all about how many different ways or times can we beat ourselves. don’t give me the we were outcoached routine. its all too old. despite any coaching decisions, how can five players all of the sudden look like 3rd graders. the first half wasn’t brilliant but it was very effective. and damn if vasquez and co. didn’t get away with murder. then we get some cheesy ass makeup turnover call or something, like that justifies it. i’m not even frustrated anymore, the new jerseys should come with a season supply of vasoline. but, aside from the poor officiating the players still folded under some mild at best pressure. i find it hard to believe there isn’t one damn guard on that team that can get pissed off and be driven to keep the team together.

  2. Wolfy__79 02/18/2010 at 1:41 AM #

    if i were on the roster, i would flat out level vasquez. what a punk. guess the jokes on nc state, we got punked by a one manned team. how in the hell can these children not “take the bull by the horns” and play some basketball still shocks the crap out of me every time.

  3. Wolfy__79 02/18/2010 at 1:46 AM #

    and to bring up another sore subject. i am highly disappointed with the hardly recognizable halftime celebration of a couple of our most accomplished athletes. and i saw what someone meant by the cheesy clock with a nc state sticker on it, although i thought that was a joke.. well i guess it is a joke. they should have i don’t know sculptures, bronze casts of them.. not big lots specials. everyone gets tired of the fire sid stuff (me), but i’ll land all the blame for this on fowler. what a JOKE.

  4. fullmoon1 02/18/2010 at 1:47 AM #

    I saw the confidence leak out as the second half ran down. Again the first half showed they do have the ability but I’m not sure they realize the team they could be. Defense was great in the first half and it was frustrating the terps. Like Wood said,Sid can’t do it for them, I am not sure the blame for this lies with Sid. I had the volume down as I watched and there were moments where I thought the whistle blew because if the sudden lack of activity on offense but no , the offense just came to a grinding halt. It seemed like when Md went ahead by two the RBC began to empty. Well I hope for a sign of confidence and growth for the the sake of the players. They can put together a win but I am not sure they are convinced of their own abilities. Drats.

  5. CGault11 02/18/2010 at 3:07 AM #

    Our players confidence is just shot. They had many open looks and just could not convert. Look at the stat sheet, rebounds, turnovers, assists… all about the same, the difference? Shooting %

    For anyone who listened to the radio show after the game Sid actually did a very good job of explaining the difference between halves. For the first time all season he allowed for the guards (primarily Farnold)to drive to make plays. And this worked amazingly. I remember saying to myself, “is this the wolfpack playing?”. Then in the 2nd half it went to hell. People standing around, swinging the ball around the arch with an occasional entrance pass to Tracy (which they had double teams before the ball even got to him). The game plan that has caused us L after L after L.

    Why cant our players make routine plays? Twice in the 2nd half we had a fast break 2 on 1 and both times the pass came to late and no points on either break. No reason for that… period.

    What is Sid doing with the lineups? I dont think the same group of 5 guys played together at all the whole game more than 2 minutes continuously…. How are they supposed to be able to work together if they are playing musical chairs? And the worst part is, even in the first half when we were doing great, he would sub the kids who were doing good out for J Davis and Mays…. NOOOO.

    Gonzalez or Degand need to be on the court at ALL times… no excuses. Mays is a joke at handling the ball. He kept passing it off to CJ to bring up the court because he is afraid to dribble under pressure…

  6. Wulfpack 02/18/2010 at 6:40 AM #

    Everybody keeps talking about Vasquez but Jordan Williams, a freshman, also killed us. I didn’t think the defensive effort was all that stout in the first half, either. Maryland was getting a ton of good looks. They got those same looks in the second half and they converted. I liked the effort, but these scoring droughts are demoralizing the team. Going to be a tough week with Wake coming up. A loss to the Deacs and we would be .500, which is danger zone for any kind of postseason tournament. We’ve got to pick up win.

  7. Statefan1998 02/18/2010 at 6:44 AM #

    You folks defending Sid, let’s fire the team instead. You’re right Sid can’t do it for them, but when a team goes cold shooting what do you do. You have plays designed foe easy baskets. Backdoor cuts off of high screens, screens on the low block. This team runs around with no purpose or place to be, it’s sad.

  8. COLLEGEB413 02/18/2010 at 6:54 AM #

    good job Lowe

  9. tootallorder 02/18/2010 at 7:19 AM #

    Can Coach Fowler inform the ACC front office that we would like to forfeit the rest of the games this season. That would give us a chance to start practicing for next year. And for those who have attended these recent games, has Fowlup been visible?

  10. ncsumi 02/18/2010 at 7:22 AM #

    I agree Lowe did not coach a bad game — he just didn’t coach.

    I have missed the last few games other than the blogassphere due to travel, but it appears Lowe has quit on this year from viewing this game. Perhaps he has adopted the WTNY option or he knows he is gone. Evidence of his quitting:

    Running the same play to beat the trap. The only way we beat it was to throw dangerous passes and got very lucky. Even after the timeout we ran the exact same formation.

    No TO at the end of the half, thus no plan. Can you bank them things for next year?

    New strategy for subs: if you make a good play we pull’ya.

    Zero attempt to increase possessions at the end of the game: No press no fouling no quick shots no nothing. “Run some clock and get this one over with boys.”

    Lowe is looking more and more like Amato. Bleed State Red but can not overcome that overpowering love of self to be successful.

  11. Howler 02/18/2010 at 7:23 AM #

    But we still have our Collegiate Bass Fishing Title, right? Who was in charge of that coaching search?

  12. 66pack 02/18/2010 at 7:33 AM #

    maybe the reason we get beat in 2nd half is the opposing coaching makes adjustments and we do not.

  13. 66pack 02/18/2010 at 7:34 AM #

    let the womens coach take over.a better coach in all manners.

  14. 66pack 02/18/2010 at 7:35 AM #

    i like vasques, he has heart

  15. Rochester 02/18/2010 at 7:47 AM #

    A loss to the Deacs and we would be .500, which is danger zone for any kind of postseason tournament.

    Umm … I hate to break it to you, but there’s not a single tournament in the country that would take us, even if we miraculously manage to finish over .500. Even the NIT and CBI have standards.

    I was all set to watch last night, but the game wasn’t on ESPN Full Court, so I couldn’t see it. I checked the score on the internet a couple of times. Up 10 at the half. Wow. I told my wife we’d probably win because I couldn’t watch and God hates me. (FSU game also wasn’t on here.) She said they’d probably still find a way to lose. She was right. In the end, I’m glad I couldn’t see it. I read a book instead and went to bed relaxed instead of pissed off.

  16. Wulfpack 02/18/2010 at 7:51 AM #

    The CBI has taken last place teams with a winning record, FWIW.

  17. Rochester 02/18/2010 at 7:59 AM #

    They should have a tournament with all of the last place teams from each conference. Then we can see how we stack up against our peers. Borrowing from the ol’ Les Robinson Invitational, they could call this one the Sidney Lowe Invitational. I bet we could make it to the Sweet 16 in the SLI.

  18. lsutton5144 02/18/2010 at 8:03 AM #

    At one point in the second half, MD lobs the ball inside to Williams and Sid is on the sidelines, at the other end of the court, with that infernal whistle of his going, I guess trying to get our players attention. What in hell could he possibly want or need to tell them at that time? We’re on defense and the ball is down low – SHUT UP SID!!!!

  19. thekind 02/18/2010 at 8:04 AM #

    State basketball is too good to be taken hostage by 3 or 4 freshmen. Sorry Sid, but you have got to go. 4 years of this crap is enough.

  20. Prowling Woofie 02/18/2010 at 8:15 AM #

    ^ Unfortunately, thekind, you’re wrong. State basketball is held hostage by a single player from every team they play. Every game, the inability to shut down one guy in crunch time absolutely kills this team.

    Coincidentally, it is most often a quality guard that dominates our roster. Wow, must be nice to have a quality guard on your team…

    And the fact that we have one scoring option…

  21. Sweet jumper 02/18/2010 at 8:22 AM #

    Fowlup was there last night to present the awards to Charles and Thompson. He should not be allowed to be in the same building with DT. A student held up a sign that said FLF. I assume that meant Fire Lee Fowler but I can think of other things that FLF stands for!

  22. packfan03 02/18/2010 at 8:27 AM #

    “Fowlup was there last night to present the awards to Charles and Thompson.”

    As Fowler was walking off the court (with DT/LC), some of the student section began chanting “fire lee fowler”. I almost felt sorry for him.

    How can you start this chant the same day we celebrate our bass fishing team! (sarcasm)

  23. GAWolf 02/18/2010 at 8:31 AM #

    Did Sid call any timeouts in the second half? I don’t recall one, and he certainly didn’t as the game was literally falling apart before his eyes.

  24. Prowling Woofie 02/18/2010 at 8:36 AM #

    How embarrassing for DT and LC to be honored at a game featuring this basketball team. Talk about peaks and valleys.

    I feel sorry for this entire generation of Wolfpack alums and fans – they just don’t have a clue as to how good NCSU basketball used to be.

    Everybody just remembers LC for ‘the dunk’, but he was a 3-time All-ACC performer ! And DT was just the best ever to lace ’em up in college. Best. Ever. No Question.

  25. BassPacker 02/18/2010 at 8:49 AM #

    I was at the game last nite. First, thanks to all who gave the Bass Team a standing ovaition while center court. The kids really appreciated it, a proud moment for them.

    With that said, it was another disappointing moment on the court for the basketball team. Its just amazing how this team goes long stretches without scoring. 23% shooting in the secong half? !! 1 for 14 in a 9 minute stretch? In our section, it wasn’t a matter if the drought would come, it was a bet when it would happen. You knew a scoreless stretch was coming!

    Is it really the team that didn’t execute for Lowe in the second half? Or more a product of the opposing Coach (Williams) changes his game plan accordingly at break and Lowe & Co. has no answer?

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