Erin Summers

NC State proves themselves in win over Duke

Posted January 12, 2013

Usually a noon tip-off is synonymous with slow team starts or tardy fans to fill arena seats. That was not the case Saturday at PNC Arena when No. 20 NC State played host to the No. 1 team in the country.

Team and fans alike were ready for a showdown with the top-ranked rival from just down the highway, after all, this year was supposed to be State’s year.

NC State fans had been waiting for this opportunity and could not have brought more energy to the arena. Students lined up prior to sun rise, barely containing their excitement once inside.

"Our crowd was unreal. Our students started getting out there at four o’clock last night and this morning," said NC State head coach Mark Gottfried. "Our crowd was a lift today. It got loud in there, really loud."

The players fed off of the ear-piercing cheers as the game tipped. A defensive stop and a Scott Wood three to open play nearly blew the roof off.

Duke’s Mason Plumlee showed his size would be an issue, but Richard Howell showed he wasn’t backing down.

The Blue Devils continued to answer each Wolfpack surge until an 8-0 run by Duke and a five-point lead stirred nerves around the arena.

Minutes later, Wood regained control and momentum for the Wolfpack with a four-point play. As he drained a three, David Thornton fouled him – a double technical called on some extra-curricular activities canceled out and an eight-point Duke lead becomes four in mere seconds.

Richard Howell went off after the break, notching a second half double-double. Rodney Purvis grew wings, showing he wasn’t afraid to attack the basket in aerial fashion. Lorenzo Brown continued to prove his worth and Leslie made tough baskets look easy.

Duke may have been without Ryan Kelly and Seth Curry may not have been 100 percent, but a win is a win and the way the team won speaks volumes.

“Our kids played with a lot of heart, their kids played with a lot of heart, they just played a little bit better than we did, hats off the them,” said Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

"I saw the fans getting ready to rush the court and I was like it's about to get crazy in here, I didn't want to smile but I couldn't help it," said Brown.

It may never be that loud in PNC Arena again and fans may not get a chance to storm the court again for a while. But that’s because NC State proved Saturday that they are a force to be reckoned with and they deserve to be in the discussion as the top college team in the country.


 

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  • PanthersFan45 Jan 12, 2013

    A win is a win is exactly right ..... This was for 1st place in the ACC (yes its early) and this was against Duke. The Wolfpack played hard and took control of the rebounding in the 2nd half. The free throw shooting was perfect down the stretch and State got an early 'signature' win.

  • Killing Time Jan 12, 2013

    Why is this UNC homer writing articles about the NCSU/Duke game??? WRAL please answer this for us.

  • NCCaniac Jan 13, 2013

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    You would prefer it were written by a NCSU or Duke homer?

  • Killing Time Jan 13, 2013

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    Considering it is about the D U K E and N C S U game, yes I would.

  • packfan27 Jan 14, 2013

    Seth Curry was 100% until he slipped. Not surprised the medias making excuses for Kelly, but Curry...come on!

  • SpartanDude Jan 16, 2013

    It's tough to make excuses for Duke. They have lots of talent on the bench and if one starter goes down there's another McD AA to sub in. So I have no problem with calling NCState the team to beat in the ACC for now. If both teams keep on their current trajectories, the rematch in Feb should be another barn burner.

  • Tar Heels Victory-Show No Mercer Jan 16, 2013

    And then they disprove themselves in the loss to Maryland!

  • FilPhord Jan 17, 2013

    Classic Wolpaggies, some things never change.

    Play as their behinds off against a backyard rival and lay an egg against a nonranked team.

    LOLZ

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