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Maryland hands NC State first ACC loss, 51-50

Posted January 16, 2013

FINAL: NC State couldn't maintain the comeback over Maryland, falling 51-50 in College Park.

4:07, second half: A Richard Howell layup tied the game at 45 all, a Scott Wood three-pointer gave the Wolfpack the lead with less than five minutes to play. The Wolfpack leads Maryland 48-45.

9:00, second half: NC State can't seem to catch Maryland, with less than a quarter of the game left NC State trails Maryland by seven.

15:18, second half: Lorenzo Brown had a decisive dunk in the second half as the Wolfpack edges closer to Maryland. The Terps still hold a small, 32-29, lead over NC State.

HALFTIME: Maryland is leading NC State at the half, 22-16. The Terps are shutting down the Wolfpack keeping them shooting just 21.9%.

7:49, first half: Richard Howell is leading NC State's push for the lead over Maryland. With four points, six rebounds, one assist and one steal from Howell NC State is within four points of the Terps.

11:40, first half: NC State finally scored their first basket after six minutes of play thanks to a bucket by Richard Howell. The Pack trail Maryland 12-4 halfway through the first.

15:00, first half: NC State has yet to score a basket in the first five minutes of play. The Terrapins are out hustling the Wolfpack early and easily finding the basket, leading the Pack 10-0.


Coming off their biggest win of the season, the 14th-ranked NC State Wolfpack put a lengthy 10-game win streak on the line Wednesday night when they head to College Park to take on the Maryland Terrapins.

The Wolfpack were considered the cream of the crop in the ACC prior to the start of the season, and certainly made believers of naysayers with last weekend's 84-76 victory over then top-ranked and previously unbeaten Duke. Mark Gottfried's Wolfpack are now 14-2 overall and 3-0 in league play. The team's current 10-game win streak is its longest since the 1988-89 campaign.

Mark Turgeon's Terrapins had a strong non-conference slate coming into Wednesday's game with a solid 13-3 overall record, with a lone loss to defending national champion Kentucky in the season-opener. However, ACC action has proved much more difficult. After opening league play with a 94-71 rout of Virginia Tech, Maryland has dropped back-to-back games to Florida State (65-62) and most recently, Miami (54-47).

This has been a very competitive series, with Maryland clinging to a 76-73 advantage all-time. The Terrapins had a nine-game win streak in the series snapped last year, when NC State won 79-74 in Raleigh. The Terps have won four straight over the Wolfpack in College Park.

The Wolfpack are as dangerous a team as there is in the country thanks to their overall efficiency at the offensive end. NC State currently leads the nation in field-goal percentage at 52.8 percent and ranks eighth nationally in scoring at 81.5 ppg. The scoring depth on the roster is vast, with five players averaging double figures.

C.J. Leslie is starting to live up to the hype that he brought to Raleigh when he arrived. The junior forward is shooting 57.9 percent from the field and netting a team-high 16.2 ppg. Point guard Lorenzo Brown has All-American talent as both a potent scorer (13.0 ppg) and deft distributor (7.1 apg). Richard Howell has dominated down low, shooting 62.3 percent from the floor and averaging a double-double with 12.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. T.J. Warren (12.3 ppg) can fill it up as well and is converting 67.3 percent of the time. Scott Wood is the team's resident sniper (12.3 ppg, 45/3 percent from behind the arc). N.C. State Logo More NCSU Stories

It was a potent one-two punch by Leslie and Howell that led the Wolfpack to the big win over the Blue Devils last weekend. Leslie was 9-of-16 from the floor and led all scorers with 25 points. Howell dominated inside with 16 points and 18 rebounds. Brown also posted a double-double in the win with 12 points and 13 assists, while Wood was a perfect 3-of-3 from long range, finishing with 14 points in the win.

If there is a team in the conference that can cool off the Wolfpack, it is the Terrapins. Maryland comes in ranked first in the ACC and third nationally in field-goal percentage defense (35.3 percent), holding 12 of their opponents under 40 percent shooting.

Offensively, the team is holding its own by shooting a healthy 48.3 percent from the field, leading to 74.8 ppg. Center Alex Len leads the way in both scoring (13.8 ppg) and rebounding (8.3 rpg). Dez Wells adds to the frontcourt play with 12.2 ppg on 55.5 percent shooting. Nick Faust and Seth Allen add some scoring punch with 9.0 and 8.2 ppg, respectively.

Maryland was stifled by Miami last time out, as the Terps shot a mere 31.6 percent overall, including a mere 20 percent from behind the arc (3-of-15). Wells and Len were the only significant offensive contributors in the loss, netting 18 and 16 points, respectively. The remainder of the roster combined for just 13 points.

The Terrapins are a strong 11-1 at home this season, but will be hard-pressed to contain the Wolfpack, who seem to have the right balance with an extraordinary playmaker in Brown, inside dominance with Howell and explosive scoring from Leslie.

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  • Tarheel7074 Jan 17, 10:36 a.m.

    Hey wulfpack how does it feel to have a target on you back!

    — Posted by paulc3

    Actually it feels pretty good. When is the last time someone stormed the floor for beating NCSU?... View More

    — Posted by wolfbitesyourheels

    Using that logic, UNC and DOOK should feel ecstatic...everybody rushes the court when they lose on the road! Unfortunately...rushing the court is vastly overrated. Let's just hope can play well enough to get six teams in the Dance at tournament time!

  • Tarheel7074 Jan 17, 10:29 a.m.

    oh well, put the national championship banners back on the shelf ...

    — Posted by heelbilly

    Put your 2008 banner in the trash, too. Your players were not attending class and therefore not... View More

    — Posted by PackFan1983

    Duh....there is no 2008 banner to begin with!

  • rherring23 Jan 16, 10:16 p.m.

    Maryland is not that bad of a team, 14-3 now. They only lost to a good Miami team by 7 at Miami, had FSU beat and blew it to lose by 3, and beat VT by 23. State is the better team but this should not have surprised anybody, Maryland always give good teams all they can handle after a big win. They also have one of the best defenses in the country, even in their losses they have not given up a lot of points. Maryland played good defense tonight but State was just cold, missing open shots. I was thinking in the first half that they were playing like they did against Oklahoma St. Its no big deal and will not be their last loss for sure. I was expecting them to lose 4-5 games when the season started, looks like they might lose 6-7, but it will still be a big improvement over last year and they should go far in the tournement. They just need to win 5-6 in a row now, 20-3 would not exactly be a terrible team, 14-3 isn't a terrible team and a lot better than in the past. They are still going to have bad games, every team will, Duke, UNC, Miami, etc all will lose more games. And Maryland will be a tournement team and will win another game or two against better teams. State will be fine and I still like their chances of being at or near the top of the conference when the year ends. Even as bad as they played tonight it came down to one mental lapse, Leslie went for the block when he should have boxed out, box out on that last play and you probably win. I think at least half of the State fans could see this coming and should not have been a big surprise. I don't think any fans will be all that surprised if their teams loses to Maryland at home. As far as fouling at the end, I think State wanted to foul but the Maryland player blew by the defender and it was too late to foul, could not foul him then or it would have been a shooting foul. And the officials were terrible tonight, it did not have anything to do with the outcome of the game and they called very badly on both teams

  • jam3 Jan 16, 9:49 p.m.

    Pitiful, but still should have won the game. Two trips to make it a three or four point game. Left the door open and deserved what they got. Same old Pack against a pretty bad Maryland team. Knew this could happen, but thought these guys had learned, but same players as last year not getting it done. No excuse in this one. The whole group should be ashammed of themselves, coaches included. If you want to be the best in the ACC, you don't play like this after beating Duke. Very discusting, but I'll bet they go on on 5-6 game winning streak now. At least they better after this showing!!!

  • jblambe2 Jan 16, 9:33 p.m.

    I dont blame the officials at all, they let them play and state did not get it done, i guess we have to learn from this one and let the unc trolls enjoy it. We really should have fouled though or at least boxed out

  • heelsforever Jan 16, 9:33 p.m.

    oh well, put the national championship banners back on the shelf ...

    — Posted by heelbilly

    Put your 2008 banner in the trash, too. Your players were not attending class and therefore not... View More

    — Posted by PackFan1983

    We have a 2008 banner too? Cool! That means we have 6 without counting the Helms Foundation.

  • tayled Jan 16, 9:32 p.m.

    This is an honest question, and I personally don't care which team wins, but, how can Howell,... View More

    — Posted by mxteam44

    When Howell, or any other player, loses his grip on the ball, gets in too big of a hurry to shoot, the end result is often a turnover. Grantd, many time, the defense does knock it away, but tonight, I believe the play you speak of, Howell just plain lost the ball.

  • FatherofFour Jan 16, 9:28 p.m.

    Both teams really stunk it up tonight, but that had to be one of the worst officiated games that I have watched in a long time (on both ends of the court). The ACC deserves better.

  • tayled Jan 16, 9:26 p.m.

    What's our weakness? - Rebounding (second chance points). What burned us tonight? the same thing! POOR STRATEGY at the end, Gottfried. You had 3 fouls to give and force more inbound throws. Why not? Maybe this will wake up NC State from our poor defense.

    Our weakness is a lack of offensive cohesiveness. We do not move without the ball well and our passing and ball movement is atrocious. Leslie tries to dribble in 1 on 3, which means there should be 2 guys open somewhere. But those guys stand around and watch Leslie try to do it all when they should be moving without the ball to an open spot so Leslie, or whomever is being double and triple teamed can find them

  • nappy316 Jan 16, 9:25 p.m.

    State got "Swofford"

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