No. 16 Pack: Ready to bury embarrassing loss, regroup

jgiglio@newsobserver.comNovember 23, 2012 

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North Carolina State's Lorenzo Brown (2) takes with ball away from Miami (Ohio)'s Geovonie McKnight (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, Nov. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

KARL B DEBLAKER — AP

Lorenzo Brown hasn’t watched a replay of N.C. State’s 20-point loss to Oklahoma State in the Puerto Rico Tip-off. The Wolfpack junior guard doesn’t plan to, either.

"We pretty much embarrassed ourselves," Brown said. "I know we can play better than we did, not just in the Oklahoma State game but in the whole tournament."

The No. 16 Wolfpack won two of three games, but the 76-56 loss to Oklahoma State spoiled the trip and cost the Pack 10 spots in the AP Top 25.

N.C. State (3-1) returns to PNC Arena Friday night to face UNC-Asheville. The Pack beat the Bulldogs last season in coach Mark Gottfried’s debut and would like to get back on the winning track.

The Bulldogs, who have been to the NCAA tournament the past two seasons, are 1-4 but are still a dangerous team under veteran coach Eddie Biedenbach.

N.C. State won’t be able to beat too many teams with the way it played against Oklahoma State, senior Scott Wood said.

"It was an overall awful game for us," Wood said. "We need to bounce back and play like we know how to play."

Wood was 1 of 11 against OSU, and forwards C.J. Leslie and Richard Howell fouled out. Leslie fouled out with 17 minutes left and finished with two points.

There was not enough patience or flow on offense, Wood said, or urgency at the start of the game.

"They took it to us and we weren’t ready to play," Wood said.

Brown was especially critical of his own play. The junior guard had more turnovers (seven) than points (six).

In three games in Puerto Rico, Brown’s shot was off. He finished a combined 7 of 26 from the floor; he did have 10 assists in the win over Massachusetts on Friday.

"I didn’t play my best," Brown said. "I was frustrated at myself, and my teammates. I knew we could have played better."

One loss is no reason to panic, Brown said. The bright side, if there’s one to a lopsided loss, is it came early enough in the season.

"It’s better to learn early than late," Brown said.

Wood said the practices since the Oklahoma State have been good and he expects the Pack to be "fine" going forward.

"Hopefully we’ll learn from our mistakes and we won’t come out like that any more," Wood said.

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