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NC State falls to Cincy, 68-57

Posted November 12, 2013

FINAL: Cincinnati 68, NC State 57:  NC State scored just 22 points in the second half and lost to Cincinnati Tuesday night, 68-57.

NC State was just 12-for-21 from the free throw line and made just 19 FGs in the game. They were led in scoring by TJ Warren and Ralston Turner who each finished with 13 points.

HALF: NC State 35, Cincy 35: Desmond Lee and TJ Warren each have eight points at halftime as the Wolfpack and Cincinnati are even at 35.

Tyler Lewis has chipped in seven points and Ralston Turner has six points while Anthony Barber has contributed five off the bench for NC State.

Cincy's Sean Kilpatrick has hit a pair of three-pointers and leads all scorers with 10 points.


PREGAME

After downing Appalachian State in their season opener, the North Carolina State Wolfpack will travel northwest on Tuesday for a 5 p.m. (ESPN, Mix 101.5 FM) showdown with Big East foe Cincinnati at Fifth Third Arena. 

The Wolfpack handled the Mountaineers 98-77 on Friday thanks to a 27-point effort from sophomore forward T.J. Warren. The Wolfpack did not seem to miss a beat from last season, when they led the ACC in scoring (77.4 ppg) and field-goal percentage (.496), even though contributors like C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown moved on in the offseason.

The loss of interior personnel could be more pronounced on Tuesday against the Bearcats. Though both of these teams hail from major conferences, they have never battled it out on the hardwood.

Head coach Mark Gottfried has instilled a culture of offensive efficiency at NC State and that continued in the season opener. The Wolfpack connected on 61.9 percent of their shots, including a solid 5-of-11 from beyond the arc.

Warren was the major contributor, as he dropped in a career-high in points on 13-of-20 shooting. Warren is the only double-figure scorer from last year's team that is still on the roster and his offensive prowess will be needed as the Wolfpack try to find an identity.

Another promising effort for the Wolfpack in the win came from Desmond Lee, who scored 24 points. Lee is a junior college transfer who was a big time scorer at New Mexico Junior College. Tyler Lewis (15 points, six assists) also performed well as he moved into the starting point guard role to replace Brown.

Cincinnati is in the midst of a season-long homestand, as it plays the first six games of the year at Fifth Third Arena. The first of the campaign came against another team from the Tar Heel State, as the Bearcats posted a 74-61 victory over North Carolina Central.

The Bearcats could have had a much larger margin of victory, but inconsistent shooting plagued them down the stretch, though Sean Kilpatrick was effective as he poured in a team-high 22 points. Cincinnati is trying to push its streak of NCAA Tournament appearances to four this year.

Even without backcourt partners Cashmere Wright and JaQuon Parker, who both graduated, Kilpatrick was still able to play at an exceptional level against NC Central.

Kilpatrick knocked down 6-of-13 field goal attempts and also got himself to the line (8-of-9) often as he began the year on a high note. Kilpatrick also displayed his versatility by pulling down seven rebounds and handing out seven assists.

Titus Rubles (13 points, eight rebounds) proved that he could handle being the main threat in the post, though his shot was a bit errant (3-of-7). Errant shots were a theme all last year for the Bearcats, as the team shot at just 40.3 percent from the floor. Those struggles didn't look to be fixed with the roster turnover, as the Bearcats hit just 39.3 percent of their shots against NC Central.

Warren and Lewis performed so well in the opener that it looks like the Wolfpack may be able to deal with the loss of Leslie and Brown. However, Kilpatrick is a difficult guard to slow down due to his size and tenacity.

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  • robbins Nov 12, 10:19 p.m.

    It's very early in the season. This crew will pull it together. They have the right chemistry, along with a lot of talent. Go Pack!

  • stomponurlogo Nov 12, 7:14 p.m.

    No wonder state college spent the entire last year paying such close attention to The Flagship.

    (They can't bear to watch their own basketball team. OhBoy.)

  • jdupree Nov 12, 7:11 p.m.

    Dear state college,

    Not every opponent is Appalachian State.

    Love,

    Reality.

    — Posted by stomponurlogo

    Not every class is no show African Studies!

  • stomponurlogo Nov 12, 7:05 p.m.

    Dear state college,

    Not every opponent is Appalachian State.

    Love,

    Reality.

  • paydirt80 Nov 12, 6:33 p.m.

    Go Pack!

  • jdupree Nov 12, 6:12 p.m.

    Pack did not shoot well in 1st half, so lucky to be tied at half. Overall, they hustle really good. I like the hustle of this team. Cinn is really strong on offensive rebounds. Pack needs to block out better.

  • roylovescanada Nov 12, 4:49 p.m.

    NCheat-what's your problem??? Hummm??? If you're trying to be hateful, go somewhere else!!

    Go... View More

    — Posted by baldchip

    he hasnt been laid or seen his team win anything in a very very long time.....i feel bad for him.

  • NCheatStateU Nov 12, 4:25 p.m.

    NCheat-what's your problem??? Hummm??? If you're trying to be hateful, go somewhere else!!

    Go... View More

    — Posted by baldchip

    Hope they don't spring a Leak.

  • baldchip Nov 12, 4:22 p.m.

    NCheat-what's your problem??? Hummm??? If you're trying to be hateful, go somewhere else!!

    Go Pack!!!

  • Ken D. Nov 12, 4:20 p.m.

    ummmmmmmmmmm....not the first time State has met Cincy on the hardwoods.

    — Posted by seagullrdu

    You could be right. But I don't remember any previous encounters.

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Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
Final
CLE 98
ATL 127
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
Final
DET 106
DAL 117
Final
BOS 109
ORL 92
Final
MIA 87
UTA 105
Final
TOR 105
BRK 89
1st OT
SAN 101
MEM 100
 
Half
POR 43
MIL 41
 
1st
DEN 29
HOU 22
 
2nd
LAC 32
IND 27
 
Final
UNT 78
LANG 65
 
Final
Terriers 64
DELST 72
 
Final
MSST 55
ARKST 69
Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
GMAS 99
CATAWBA 69
 
Final
WOFF 64
CSOU 58
 
Final
HIGH 106
FERR 48
 
Final
JVU 68
GWEBB 65
 
Final
ILL 73
HAMP 55
 
Final
BST 52
JMU 72
 
Final
YOUNG 84
KNST 90
 
Final
UMO 71
LONG 60
 
Final
PITT 65
MAN 56
Final
OSU 97
NCAT 55
Final
FSU 93
UNF 77
 
Final
TOL 83
RMU 57
 
Final
CAMP 70
SIUE 65
 
Final
DUQ 52
RFLSH 67
 
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
Final
UCF 75
DET 70
Final
UNCW 73
LIB 70
 
Final
LOYC 83
ABCHRIST 44
 
Final
MURST 94
ALCOR 56
 
Final
HOU 56
ARKPB 61
 
Final
NW 67
CMICH 80
Final
WKENT 75
CHIST 60
 
Final
ODU 58
UGST 54
 
Final
SMU 67
ILLCH 46
Final
LALAF 115
MLGN 76
 
Final
TULSA 74
MIZST 70
 
Final
UWGB 66
MORE 50
 
Final
NEOM 92
NCOL 82
 
Final
TTU 101
SCST 39
 
Final
DEN 83
TAMCC 73
 
Final
STEPH 66
TXST 60
 
Final
STLU 75
TXPA 69
 
Final
MEM 83
USCU 73
 
Final
ILLST 64
TENNM 54
 
Final
MSU 66
EMICH 46
 
Final
GRCN 80
INCWORD 82
 
Final
STAN 67
LMU 58
Final
BAY 66
NMST 55
 
2nd
CIN 56
SDST 55
 
2nd
AUB 78
WINT 61
 
Half
NMU 35
CARK 30
 
2nd
PEPP 28
HOW 25
 
2nd
CPSL 32
NE 38
 
1st
UNLV 26
PORT 22
 
1st
OREG 0
CSNO 0
 
1st
WASH 2
GRAM 0
 
Final
NJD 0
OTT 2
Final
MIN 2
BOS 3
2nd
VAN 0
DAL 0