NC State Defeated, 76-65, at North Carolina

Richard Howell recorded his 16th double-double of the season.

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CHAPEL HILL, NC Feb. 23, 2013 – The NC State men’s basketball team was defeated, 76-65, by rival North Carolina Saturday evening at the Dean Smith Center.

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Scott Wood led the Wolfpack (19-8, 9-5 ACC) with 19 points on 7-for-14 shooting from the field, including hitting 5-for-12 from 3-point range. It’s the second time in three games Wood has led State in scoring.

Richard Howell had his 16th double-double of the season with 13 points and 17 rebounds, while Lorenzo Brown added 12 points and 12 assists, recording his sixth double-double of the season. T.J. Warren registered his second-consecutive double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Howell’s 17 rebounds mark the 11th time in his career and sixth time this season that he has pulled down 15 or more boards, while Brown dished out double-figure assists for the eighth time on the year.

It was the second time this year that three Wolfpack players posted double-doubles. The Pack achieved the feat in both games against North Carolina.

It was a back-and-forth affair in the first half that featured six ties and nine lead changes. Brown tied the game at 23 on a jumper with 5:35 remaining in the period, but the Tar Heels (19-8, 8-6 ACC) responded with a 7-0 run over the next 90 seconds to take a 30-23 lead, before heading to the locker rooms with a 34-28 advantage.

NC State shot 40 percent from the floor in the first half on 12-of-30 shooting, and out-rebounded North Carolina 26-14. The Tar Heels turned 12 Wolfpack turnovers into 16 points in the period.

“I think they did a nice job of getting their hands in the passing lanes,” Gottfried said. “We did try to go inside. We had some post-feed passes that got knocked away.”

Trailing 38-28 in the early moments of the second half, NC State used a 21-7 run, capped by a pair of back-to-back three-pointers by Wood to take a 49-45 lead at the under-12 media timeout with 11:37 left on the clock.

After a dunk by C.J. Leslie gave the Pack a 55-52 lead with 8:06 to go, North Carolina went on an 18-2 run over the next four and one-half minutes to take a 70-57 lead, creating a double-digit lead that would hold for the remainder of the game.

“We had some empty possessions,” Gottfried said. “They, in turn, took advantage of that, knocked down a couple of key threes, and that little stretch right there was the difference in the game.”

Reggie Bullock scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Marcus Paige added 14 points and eight assists to lead the Tar Heels.

The Pack shot 48.4 percent on 15-of-31 shooting in the second half, and 27-of-61 (.443) in the game. NC State won the rebounding battle, 43-34, and outscored North Carolina 38-32 in the paint.

“We just have to keep working and play hard,” Gottfried said. “I like how our team is playing. I like the fact that we’re competing. We’re playing better.”