Brown rolled his ankle in the first half and didn’t return, watching from the bench as the Wolfpack fell 58-55 to the Cavaliers. The game was for second place in the conference, as Virginia improves to 5-2 while N.C. State falls to 5-3.
The inconsistent play by the Wolfpack only continues on the road as the team can’t seem to pick up a victory after an emotional win. This is the third time in conference action N.C. State has lost a close road game after defeating one of their heated state rivals.
Unfortunately, salt was thrown on the wound with Brown being unable to close out the contest. The Wolfpack had several opportunities late in the game to take a lead but couldn’t hang onto the ball. The worst part was every turnover was unforced whether it was a ball being bobbled after a pass or dribbling on the out of bounds line. Not to take anything away from Virginia, but the Cavaliers defense wasn’t the cause of the turnovers, the Wolfpack just kept shooting themselves in the foot.
If Brown is forced to miss any time with the injury, N.C. State is going to be in major trouble without their offensive quarterback. The Wolfpack have battled chemistry issues all season long and the loss of the conference’s best play maker will only emphasize those struggles more. Brown entered tonight’s contest averaging 7.2 assists, a full assist more than second place Quinn Cook. Freshmen Rodney Purvis and Tyler Lewis have absolutely no chance of coming close to replacing that number.
Tonight was a significant blow to the up and down Wolfpack but given the way their season has gone, they’ll probably beat the Miami(FL) Hurricanes on Feb. 2.
At this point in the year, it’d just be the N.C. State thing to do.