Blog: UNC dominates NC State 84-70
Posted February 1
Chapel Hill, N.C. — FINAL: UNC 84, Nc State 70: UNC opened up a big first half lead Saturday against NC State and coasted to a 84-70 win.
UNC had four in double figures including a double double from McAdoo and a game high 20 from McDonald.
NC State was led by TJ Warren's 21.
2:24 2nd: UNC 75, NC State 62: At the final media break, the only thing left to be decided is the final score as UNC has a firm grasp on the outcome! up 13.
TJ Warren is up to 17 points for the Wolfpack. James Michael McAdoo has a double double with 15 and 12.
7:56 2nd: UNC 68, NC State 46: UNC has opened up their largest lead of the game at 22 points at the under-8 timeout.
11:56 2nd: UNC 55, NC State 41: UNC is plus-9 on the glass in the second half and has 17 offensive rebounds as they continue to lead NC State by double digits.
15:16 2nd: UNC 49, NC State 33: Runs of four and six points by NC State were interrupted by a 9-0 run by UNC and the difference is 16 early in the second.
HALF: UNC 40, NC State 23: Marcus Paige leads all scoters at the half with 11 points and NC State is shooting just 25 percent from the floor as the margin is 17 at half.
NC State's shooting woes continue as they are 10-40 from the floor, 1-7 from deep and 2-7 from the line. They have also had two shot clock violations and turned it over six times.
UNC has 10 points from the line on 16 attempts and holds a slim 27-25 edge in rebounds.
3:42 1st: UNC 30, NC State 16: At the final media break of the first, UNC has opened their lead up to 14 points after Leslie McDonald connected on the games first three.
6:34 1st: UNC 25, NC State 14: James Michael McAdoo is filling the state sheet early with 8 points and four rebounds as UNC leads NC State by 11 at the under-8.
Marcus Paige has also added serve points and Kenedy Meeks has five rebounds.
For NC State, Warren and barber each have six points but are a combined six for 17 shooting.
11:09 1st: UNC 20, NC State 6: It is a perfect storm of bad for NC State early as UNC is dominating all facets and leading 20-6 midway through the first.
NC State is just 3-for-18 from the floor and 0-for-4 on free throws and have Hadley shot clock violations. UNC is shooting 50 percent and has blocked five Wolfpack shots.
15:53 1st: UNC 7, NC State 2: There is very little flow in the early going as the teams have combined to commit seven fouls, and go just 3-for-10 on the subsequent free throws.
NC State is 0-4 from the line and just 1-7 from the floor. UNC is just 2-7 from the field.
20:00 1st: NC State at UNC: The Tar Heels host the Wolfpack in the 225th meeting between the rivals.
Starting for UNC will be McDonald, Meeks, Paige, Tokoto and McAdoo. NC State starters are Barber, Vandenberg, Turner, Warren and Washington.
Tobacco Road rivals North Carolina State and North Carolina will renew their series for 225th time on Saturday afternoon when they meet in Chapel Hill for a 1 p.m. tip (ESPN2) in the Dean E. Smith Center.
Although Duke is certainly North Carolina's primary rival, there is no love lost between these two programs. They have met 224 times since first squaring off in 1912, with the Tar Heels dominating the all-time series, 148-76. However, the Wolfpack earned a season split a year ago.
NC State has picked itself back up after a round stretch, with wins in three straight contests, all at home. The Wolfpack are now 14-7 overall, and .500 in league play (4-4). They will be on the road in four of their next five games, beginning against Miami next Saturday.
North Carolina has also had an uneven season, but the Tar Heels have earned wins in three of their last four to improve to 13-7 overall, including a 3-4 mark in conference play. They will host another long-time ACC foe on Tuesday when Maryland comes to town.
Sophomore T.J. Warren, the ACC's leading scorer, poured in 30 points, marking his fourth 30-point outing of the season, before fouling out as the Wolfpack held off Florida State for a 74-70 victory last time they were in action. NC State connected on 45.6 percent of its shots from the floor, outscoring the Seminoles in the paint (42-26) in a game in which neither team led by more than eight points.
The Wolfpack have been a mediocre offensive squad this season, ranking seventh in the ACC in scoring (72 ppg) and fourth in field goal percentage (.463). They have had a much moire difficult time on the boards, where they are ranked in the bottom half of the conference (35.8 rpg).
Warren (22.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg) has done all he can to keep his team competitive in all three of those areas, leading the team in rebounding as well as scoring, while shooting 51.3 percent from the field. Support has been limited for Warren, with Anthony Barber (10.8 ppg) and Desmond Lee (10.2 ppg) the next best scoring options.
North Carolina picked up a 78-65 road win over Georgia Tech in its last tilt. Marcus Paige led the way with 19 points, seven assists and five rebounds, as the Tar Heels shot 66.7 percent from the floor in the second half to pull away for the 13-point decision.
The Tar Heels are scoring nearly four more points per game (75.6 ppg) than the Wolfpack, despite shooting worse from the field (.458). Better balance has been the key, as Paige (16.8 ppg, 4.3 apg) is the top scorer on a team which features five players netting at least nine ppg.
James Michael McAddoo (14.9 ppg, 6.4 rpg) finishes well around the rim and is coming off a 17-point performance against Georgia Tech. Leslie McDonald (10.5 ppg) is only shooting 35.2 percent from the floor this season, but he tallied 15 points against the Yellow Jackets.
Providing further depth are Brice Johnson (9.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and J.P. Tokoto (9.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg).