Pack Falls to No. 20 Florida State, 76-62
Feb. 18, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. - NC State dug itself into a hole in the first half, shooting just 20.7 percent from the field, and was not able to recover from an 11 point halftime deficit, falling 76-62 to No. 20 Florida State. The Wolfpack falls to 18-9 (7-5 ACC) with the loss, while the Seminoles move to 19-7 (10-2 ACC).
"I'm disappointed," said NC State head coach Mark Gottfried. "We all go to work sometimes and nothing goes your way, we were having one of those days. I didn't think we were as mentally tough as we could have been. We just accepted our fate, and Florida State ended up having a great day, offensively, because of that."
NC State shot 29.3 percent from the field, off of 17-of-58 shooting in the loss, compared to Florida State's 49.1 percent.
"We weren't moving, we were all standing there watching the ball," Gottfried said. "We took shots against great shot blockers that we didn't need to take. When you don't move and get open, and you take poor shots, you make an already good defensive team even better."
C.J. Leslie led the Wolfpack with 21 points and nine boards. Lorenzo Brownwas the only other NC State player to get in the double figures in scoring, putting up 12 points. Brown had three assists in the game, enough to give him the 10th most assists in a single season by a Wolfpack player, with 175.
The first half was riddled with turnovers, as the two teams combined to commit 18, with NC State turning the ball over 10 times. The Wolfpack had only two turnovers in the second half though, opposed to an additional eight by the Seminoles.
NC State beat Florida State on the boards, pulling in 38 rebounds, compared to 34 by the Seminoles. The Wolfpack had 18 offensive rebounds, while Florida State pulled in just eight.
The Seminoles jumped out to an early 8-4 lead, before both teams went on a three minute scoring drought. Florida State's Deividas Dulkys finally broke the dry spell, hitting a shot from behind the arc with 12:27 remaining in the first half to make the score 11-5. C.J. Williamsanswered back with a three of his own to cut the Seminole lead down to three.
Florida State built a 25-16 lead at the 8:03 mark, before the Pack rallied on an 8-1 run to cut its deficit to four, 26-22. The Seminoles answered back with an 8-2 run of their own to grab a 34-24 advantage with 2:06 left to play.
But Leslie (5) and Williams (1) were the only Pack players to record a basket in the first 20 minutes, as opposed to nine different Seminole players hitting a shot from the field in the first half.
Coming out of the break, Florida State increased its 37-26 half time lead to 16 points, taking a 47-31 advantage with 16:59 left in the game. The shots continued to fall for the Seminoles, as they grabbed their largest lead of the game, 57-37, with 10:08 left to play.
The Wolfpack went on a 12-2 run to bring the score to 61-49 with 5:34 remaining in the game, but Florida State stretched its lead back out to 70-51, at the 3:34 mark. NC State wasn't able to convert the final minutes of the game, falling 76-62 to the Seminoles.
NC State will take on North Carolina at home on Tuesday at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on the ACC Network.