Hey, we won one. And even looked mostly good down the stretch at crunch time while salting it away after coming from behind. Still some defensive breakdowns, too many for my liking if I’m being honest. But that’s to be expected by now.
Bottom line….good guys win one, 79-74.
Now, let’s make it two in a row, please.
The Pack (13-6, 2-4 ACC) finishes up its 3 game home stand this afternoon as they welcome the Demon Deacon of Wake Forest to town. Before hitting the road next week to Duke and then Louisville, State really needs to get this win under their belts today.
Wake (11-7, 2-4 ACC) comes to town fresh off a big win over Miami. Now while I won’t go so far as to say the Deacs are good, they are getting better. As much as it pains me to say it, Danny Manning might have been a good hire. Time will tell.
Here’s the SI cover of what should have been OUR ’88 Nat’l Title, btw….
Besides, one can never trust anyone named Manning….
But I digress….
Pack Hosts Wake Forest on Saturday Afternoon (GoPack.com)
– NC State battled back from a seven point second half deficit to defeat Pittsburgh, 79-74, on Tuesday night. The Pack ended the game on a 17-5 run. In the final eight minutes of the game, the Panthers only connected on one field goal attempt as the Pack defense limited Pitt to just 1-of-11 shooting.
– The Pack was led by Terry Henderson and Maverick Rowan who both scored 21 points. Henderson added a career-high eight rebounds in the win, while Rowan’s 21 points were a season-high and he was 6-of-9 from long distance. The six three-pointers tied a career-high for Rowan.
– Freshman center Omer Yurtseven recorded his first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in the win. Yurtseven grabbed eight of his 16 rebounds on the offensive end. The eight offensive rebounds are the most by a Pack player this season.
– Tuesday night marked the 11th time in 19 games this season the Pack had at least four players in double figures scoring. NC State is 9-2 this year when it has four-plus players score in double figures.
– Maverick Rowan is 17-of-34 from three-point range in six ACC games. He ranks third in the ACC in three-point percentage (50%) in ACC games and fourth in three-point field goals per game (2.83).
Basketball Gameday: Wake Forest at NC State (WakeForestSports.com)
LAST TIME OUT
• Wake Forest posted a 96-79 victory over Miami on Wednesday at the LJVM Coliseum
• John Collins scored a career-high 27 points on 9-11 FGs and a perfect 9-9 from the line
• Keyshawn Woods had an ACC career high 20 points and added six assists
• The 96 points were the most allowed by the Canes on the season and 37 over their average
• Wake scored more points in each half (48) than UM allowed in its previous game at Pitt (46)
• In five games this season, Wake Forest has had a 50-40-75 game (shooting at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from behind the arc and 75 percent from the free throw line)
• Prior to this season, the Deacs’ last 50-40-75 game came against Notre Dame in the 2014 ACC Tournament
• The five 50-40-75 games are one shy of the school record for most 50-40-75 games in a season (six in 2001-02)
• No other ACC team has more than three 50-40-75 games this year
Random Pregame Musical Interlude
Wake Forest at NC State
Tipoff: Saturday, January 21, 2pm
Coverage: ACCNetwork (Locally on WRAL5)