Observations: Pack 'out of sync'

J.P. GiglioFebruary 2, 2012 

Several of N.C. State's players walked to the locker room at the half leading 25-23, but with glum looks on their faces. Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried noticed the same thing and let the players have it.

"I'm not going to tolerate that and hopefully we won't see it again," Gottfried said.

Gottfried said the team's body language was off in the first half, especially from Richard Howell and Lorenzo Brown.

"We were allowing things to bother us," Gottfried said. "Mentally, we were out of sync. We were much better in the second half, much better."

After fouling out in three straight games, Howell didn't pick up his first foul until there was 3 minutes, 6 seconds left in the game. Howell had 10 points and eight rebounds in 35 minutes.

He averaged only 20.6 minutes per game in the past three games because of foul trouble.

Brown finished with seven assists, including one on C.J. Leslie's jumper at 5:09 to break a tie at 44, but Brown scored only five points and took only five shots. He missed all four of his 3-point attempts.

Boston College guards Jordan Daniels (5-foot-8) and Gabe Moton (6-1) aren't big enough or quick enough to defend Brown. The sophomore guard needs to be more aggressive for the Wolfpack.

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