Blog: NC State pulls away from Long Beach State in 76-66 win
Posted December 7, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — FINAL: NC State 76, Long Beach State 66: Long Beach State got within one point of NC State midway through the second half Saturday but the Wolfpack pulled away behind 19 points from each TJ Warren and Anthony Barber in a 76-66 win.
7:06 2nd: NC State 64, LBSU 55: Cat Barber, Desmond Lee and TJ Warren all have 15 points and Lennard Freeman has eight rebounds as the Wolfpack lead has grown to nine points at the under-8 timeout.
11:49 2nd: NC State 53, LBSU 51: Each team has three players in double figures as the close battle continues at PNC Arena.
Cat Barber leads all scorers with 15 points, but rebounds are even and LBSU has narrowed the gap since halftime.
HALF: NC State 36, Long Beach State 29: Led by 11 points from each Cat Barber and Desmond Lee, the Wolfpack take a 7-point lead to break on LBSU.
NC State also holds a 17-14 edge in rebounds, is winning the turnover battle 5-3 and has three blocks from Jordan Vandenberg.
3:08 1st: NC State 30, LBSU 25: NC State is on a 7-0 run and are led by Desmond Lee's 11 poins as they have built a 5-point lead at the final media timeout of the first half.
7:24 1st: NC State 25, Long Beach State 25: At the under-8 timeout of the first half, Desmond Lee is leading the Wolfpack with nine points and three rebounds but LBSU has 19 combined from Dan Jennings and David Samuels as the game is level at 25.
Looking for their fourth straight win, the North Carolina State Wolfpack welcome the Long Beach State 49ers to PNC Arena Saturday afternoon for a non-conference matchup.
The Wolfpack downed Northwestern 69-48 Wednesday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
The Wolfpack rose to 5-2 with the victory. Coach Mark Gottfried's team attacks the basket for its points more than any other school in the nation. NC State has scored 68.2 percent of its points on 2-point field goal shots and ranks 22nd in the country with a 56.2 shooting percentage on attempts from inside the arc.
NC State completely shut down Northwestern to earn its third straight win. The Wildcats finished 13-of-52 from the field and with only six assists to 11 turnovers.
The ACC's leading scorer T.J. Warren led the way for the Wolfpack with 22 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Jordan Vandenberg chimed in with 12 points and five blocked shots. Lennard Freeman registered a double- double with 10 points and 10 boards.
The Wolfpack made over 55 percent of their shots from inside the 3-point line. Sophomore guard Tyler Lewis was held scoreless, but dealt out seven assists in 16 minutes. Warren has scored 82 points over the last three games, which is the most by any player for a three- game span for the school since the 1991-92 season.
This will be just the second meeting in history between LBSU and NC State. The Wolfpack completed a 100-73 rout of the 49ers on Jan. 6, 1979 in the first encounter.
The 49ers fell to 1-8 and lost their eighth game in a row on Tuesday as they were downed, 78-61, by Creighton. LBSU has already played Arizona, Kansas State, Michigan, VCU and Washington, which should have it playing at a very high level when it enters Big West play in January.
Coach Dan Monson has been tied for second in school history with 105 wins since the team's season- opening victory over Hawaii Pacific. The 49ers are being outscored by an average of 10.4 points per game.
LBSU was limited to 38.5 percent shooting from the field including a 3-of-15 clip from behind the 3-point line by Creighton in its last outing. Mike Caffey, who scored a career-high 28 points against Washington, finished with 11 point after 27 minutes against the Bluejays. A.J. Spencer tallied 13 points and five boards while Dan Jennings added 10 points.
Caffey is leading the team on the season with 16 ppg and has knocked down a team-high 17 shots from beyond the arc. Jennings contributed 12.1 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. The 49ers' biggest issue is their poor ball movement, which has resulted in only 95 assists against 119 turnovers.