NC State Drops 87-80 Decision To Maryland
Feb. 20, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) - Tracy Smith scored 19, C.J. Leslie had 17 and Scott Wood added 15 for the Wolfpack (14-12, 4-8), but Maryland used a late surge to beat North Carolina State 87-80 Sunday night.
"I thought it was our own doing," said NC State head coach Sidney Lowe. "We really stopped moving the ball. This is the first time in a long time that we put too much on our shoulders, and put too much pressure on ourselves. We needed to move the ball around a little better."
Jordan Williams scored 26 points, freshman Terrell Stoglin had 25 points and nine assists for the Terrapins.
The game was tied at 71 before Maryland guard Sean Mosley made a layup, Stoglin sank two free throws and Mosley scored on a drive. After a turnover by North Carolina State, Mosley made a pair of foul shots to make it 79-71 with 3 minutes remaining.
Maryland trailed 50-45 before Pe'Shon Howard - the current No. 21 on the roster - made two free throws to spark a 14-8 spree that put the Terrapins in front with 13:16 left.
"We didn't fight around screens and make it tough for them," said Lowe. "They were able to work the offense through their big fellas and they were beasts down there."
After that, neither team led by more than three points until Mosley started Maryland's decisive run.
Wood connected three times from beyond the arc, Leslie scored 11 points and the Wolfpack forced 10 turnovers in going up 40-38 at halftime.
The Terrapins led 33-24 before Wood drilled successive 3-pointers during a 14-0 run that gave the Wolfpack their first lead since 3-0. Leslie had two baskets during the surge, which was fueled by five Maryland turnovers.
After missing five shots on their first possession, the Terrapins missed only seven more during the entire first half. Williams had 15 points at halftime on 7-for-7 shooting.