Observations

J.P. GIGLIOJanuary 9, 2012 

N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried has been C.J. Williams' No. 1 advocate this season, but he was unhappy with his senior's defense on Maryland guard Terrell Stoglin in the second half. After Stoglin hit a 3-pointer, Gottfried yelled at Williams as he ran down the floor: "Can you guard him?"

After Stoglin hit a second 3, Gottfried glared at Williams and then took him out of the game and charged guard Alex Johnson with defending him.

Stoglin, the ACC's leading scorer, got his points (25) despite the Pack's strategies.

"That kid can score," State forward Richard Howell said. "I can definitely see him doing some big things."

State wasn't happy with how it closed the game, but a key to the win was how it closed the first half. Tied at 30 with two minutes, 35 seconds left, the Pack scored the final six points, including four from C.J. Leslie, to provide a valuable 36-30 cushion.

Timing is everything and State certainly isn't shedding any tears that it won't see Maryland again this season. With 7-foot freshman Alex Len only four games into his career and guard Pe'Shon Howard still rounding into game shape, the Terps will be a dangerous team next month.

"They're going to get better and better," Gottfried said. "

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