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Focus drives NC State to win over Georgia Tech

Posted January 10, 2013

— No. 20 NC State showed its growth Wednesday night with an 83-70 win over Georgia Tech.

After a one-point deficit at the half, NC State battled to grab a late lead and secure a win over the Yellow Jackets.

And it was a hard fought battle.

Facing their most solid defensive opponent of the season, the Wolfpack struggled on both sides of the ball early. Seven turnovers and soft board play led to eight Georgia Tech points and nine second-chance points if the first half.

Midway through the first half, Georgia Tech was shooting an astounding 58.7 percent.

But that was before Lorenzo Brown scored eight consecutive points to give the team its first lead since the first basket of the game.

"Coach [Mark Gottfried] has been telling me to be more aggressive, and I've taken it upon myself in the last few games to do so,” Brown said.

PNC Arena was rocking with every bucket and foul as the team came together to fight for the lead.

NC State came out of the halftime break and not only matched Georgia Tech’s defensive attack, but out-played it.

“Our defense in the second half was the difference in the game,” said head coach Mark Gottfried. “All our guys played well defensively. We’ve talked about sustaining it for longer periods of time, and I thought we did that in the second half.”

Georgia Tech went from a shooting percentage of 43.2 to 30.6 percent from the field, 33.3 to 11.1 percent from the three-point line, and NC State increased its own to 56 and 50.

"We can score with anybody, but stopping people is going to get us a championship," said Richard Howell.

NC State’s battle for the lead turned into an easy double-digit lead with just over three minutes to go.

A team that seemed to fall apart a year ago when the game wasn’t going their way now pulls together with focus and drive.

And it’s the exact drive that they’ll need against Duke at home on Saturday.

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  • GunnyGoesBaaaarf Jan 10, 7:49 a.m.

    This was a very entertaining game to watch - loved the fast pace, players fighting for loose balls, etc. GT played a lot better than I thought they could, but State found a way to win, something I'm not sure they would have done last year. Congrats on a hard fought win, Pack.

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CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
CHI 103
NYK 97
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HOU 90
NOP 99
3rd
SAC 67
MIL 65
 
2nd
GSW 60
OKC 52
 
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
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LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
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RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
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WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
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MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
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BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
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UAB 70
LSU 79
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EVAN 81
OHIO 69
 
2nd
CSFU 62
CSDH 43
 
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ORST 65
DEP 42
 
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PAC 48
NEV 41
 
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USF 77
PORST 35
 
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IDAHO 75
WALLA 31
 
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UTST 37
CALST 28
 
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PIT 1
COL 0
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PHI 1
FLA 2
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CAR 4
TOR 1
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CLB 4
WAS 5
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MON 1
ANA 2
2nd
SJS 1
EDM 1
 
2nd
LOS 1
STL 3
 
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JAC 21
TEN 13