Degand might miss Virginia Tech game

N.C. State guard is day-to-day with thigh injury

Staff writerFebruary 9, 2010 

N.C. State guard Farnold Degand missed one game with a thigh injury and could miss another, Wolfpack coach Sidney Lowe said Monday.

Degand did not play in State's 73-71 loss at Georgia Tech on Saturday after being injured during practice Thursday. He did not practice on Monday and might miss Wednesday's home game against Virginia Tech. Lowe said Degand's status is "day-to-day."

"He got kneed in the thigh in practice," Lowe said. "It swole up on him at 1:30 in the morning. Our trainer actually had to go and get him and work on him."

Degand, who is averaging 6.1 points and 2.9 assists per game, had started the previous seven games. Lowe moved freshman Scott Wood to shooting guard against Georgia Tech and gave freshman wing Josh Davis his first career start.

Lowe regrets hasty exit: Lowe said Monday he still felt bad about how he reacted after the Wolfpack's 73-71 loss at Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Lowe walked off the court without stopping to shake hands with Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt after Julius Mays' 3-point attempt bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

"I've never reacted that way before," Lowe said. "Ever."

Lowe later stopped to talk with Hewitt, and apologized, before addressing the media on Saturday. He said he was frustrated no foul was called because of the way his team came back and how the game ended.

State trailed by 14 points with 5:01 left but rallied back to the point that Mays' shot, which was hurried by Georgia Tech's Iman Shumpert, would have won the game.

"The kids worked their tail off to get back in the game and to give us a chance," Lowe said. "I felt we should have maybe been on the line shooting to tie or win the ballgame.

"I just got caught up [in the moment]."

Les Jones, Gary Maxwell and Sean Hull were the game officials.

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