North Carolina State Runs North Carolina out of Raleigh

By Anthony Lenahan
Rob Kinnan-USA Today Sports

An in-state rivalry that North Carolina had won the last 13 games between the two, turned into a blowout and fast.  North Carolina State came to play and ran the Tar Heels right out of Raleigh.

The Wolfpack won by eight, but it wasn’t a close game at all.  Carolina was down double digits the entire game before getting it to single digits in the final minutes.

NCSU was running and gunning and was able to put up 91 points, 11 over their season average.  Heck, if you put up 91 points in regulation, you are going to be a difficult team to beat.

North Carolina State made a statement in this game and shut up everyone who was talking negative about them after they lost two of their last three since defeating Duke.  The Wolfpack used their home court advantage to their advantage and improved their record to 12-0 at home.

A 20-2 run towards the end of the first half thanks to easy baskets and good defense, opened the game up for the Wolfpack.  In the second half, they got it up to 28 points thanks to transition baskets yet again.

Talk about running the floor, Carolina allowed 39 transition points to the Wolfpack.  For Carolina, your not going to win allowing that and for NCSU, your not going to lose scoring 40 points off of easy layups.

Lorenzo Brown had an amazing game for the Wolfpack and recorded a double-double.  He used the fast-break to his advantage to get easy baskets and easy assists.  He was able to score 20 points and dish out 11 assists in the victory.

The high scoring from the Wolfpack didn’t come from just one person.  North Carolina State had five players in double figures and four of them had 15+ points.  Having a balanced attack makes it impossible for any defense when they are all on their game.  You can’t sag off one player on the floor and when you have a point guard who can make plays like Brown, it is almost impossible to not allow easy baskets.

Richard Howell and C.J. Leslie also dominated the boards to help North Carolina State out rebound the best rebounding team in the country.  Not allowing offense of rebounds limits Carolina’s ability to score and also allows for the Wolfpack to outlet and get up the court.

A fast paced game with a balanced scoring attack at home, will lead to a Wolfpack victory any day of the week and tonight they made a statement against Carolina because of those three things.

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