Blog: NC State rolls past Northwestern, 69-48
Posted December 4, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — FINAL: NC State 69, Northwestern 48: TJ Warren scored 22, Lennard Freeman posted a double-double and Jordan Vandenberg had a career-high five blocks as the Wolfpack rolled to a 69-48 win over Northwestern Wednesday.
2:57 2nd: NC State 64, Northwestern 41: The game is just awaiting a buzzer as NC State is in full control late.
7:27 2nd: NC State 53, Northwestern 36: Jordan Vandenberg has set a personal best with four blocks, Lenard Freeman has his first career double-double and NC State is cruising over Northwestern at the under-8 timeout.
11:26 2nd: NC State 48, Northwestern 29: TJ Warren is up to 20 points and seven rebounds to lead all players in court efficiency as NC State continues to lead big midway through the second half.
15:36 2nd: NC State 42, Northwestern 23: Northwestern has just three points in the first five minutes of the second half and is shooting just 21 percent from the floor for the game as NC State has started to pull away.
HALF: NC State 31, Northwestern 20: TJ Warren has 16 points to lead NC State as they take an 11-point lead on Northwestern at the break.
Drew Crawford leads the Wildcats with 12 points as it has been a two-start show in the first 20 minutes at PNC Arena.
3:33 1st: NC State 22, Northwestern 13: While TJ Warren continues to have himself a day, the Wolfpack are getting help from poor Northwestern shooting as the Wildcats are just 19 percent from the floor as the first half winds down.
7:25 1st: NC State 16, Northwestern 9: It's the TJ Warren show at PNC Arena early as the sophomore has a game-high 12 points and has continued his consecutive free-throw stretch. Meanwhile, the Wolfpack have opened up a 7-point lead.
10:28 1st: NC State 12, Northwestern 9: NC State went on a 10-0 run, bolstered by TJ Warren's game-high eight points and the Wolfpack are in front and going to the line at the under-12 timeout of the first half.
15:45 1st: Northwestern 6, NC State 4: In a slow-starting game Drew Crawford has all six points for Northwestern as they have opened up an early lead at PNC.
The NC State Wolfpack welcomes the Wildcats of Northwestern to PNC Arena as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Wednesday night.
Northwestern enters the tilt looking to snap a two-game slide. The most recent of those setbacks came on Friday against nationally-ranked UCLA in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational. Following this tilt, the Wildcats will return to Evanston for a five-game homestand leading into the New Year.
For NC State, this will be the fifth leg of a six-game homestand. The Wolfpack improved to 4-1 at PNC Arena this season with Saturday's 75-56 rout over Eastern Kentucky.
NC State leads the all-time series, 3-1. This is the first meeting between these two teams since 2009-10.
Northwestern's JerShon Cobb (15.1 ppg) has scored 22 points in each of his last two games and was named to the Las Vegas Invitational all-tournament team. Teammate Kale Abrahamson chipped in with a career-high 19 points, but the Wildcats dug themselves an early 14-1 hole and never led. The defense was virtually nonexistent, as UCLA knocked down an impressive 13-of-17 3-pointers (.765) and shot 63.6 percent from the floor for the game. Tre Demps and Alex Olah rounded out NU's double-digit scorers with 15 and 11 points, respectively. Top scorer and rebounder Drew Crawford (14.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg) missed the game with back spasms but said he expects to play on Wednesday night.
With or without Crawford, the 'Cats will no doubt have their hands full with NC State's T.J. Warren, a 54-percent shooter from the floor who is averaging 22.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and nearly two steals per contest. However, he is far from the Wolfpack's only scoring option, as Anthony Barber (13.0 ppg), Desmond Lee (11.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg) and Jordan Vandenberg (10.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg) are all averaging double figures. Warren led all scorers with 30 points in the win over EKU, marking his second straight game with 30 points. He also pulled down a season-high 11 rebounds, while Vandenberg tallied 14 points and eight boards, and Barber finished with 12 points and five assists. NC State shot 50 percent from the floor and held EKU to 37.9-percent shooting.
Crawford's availability will certainly factor into the outcome in this one, but even a healthy Crawford might not be enough to contain Warren and company on the Wolfpack's home floor.