Pack 'perfectly fine' after team meeting

jgiglio@newsobserver.comJanuary 24, 2013 

— N.C. State's loss at Wake Forest on Tuesday and defensive meltdown in the second half prompted a team meeting on Thursday.

Junior guard Lorenzo Brown did not provide too many details about the meeting other than the "nonsense" of the past three games — a loss at Maryland, a close home win over Clemson and the loss at Wake Forest — was addressed.

"There's been a lot of nonsense going on between us but we're all grown men," Brown said. "We sat down and talked it out. We're perfectly fine now."

Asked to define "nonsense," Brown said: "Just little stuff, I guess, I don't really want to get into but it's all in the past now."

N.C. State (15-4, 4-2 ACC) heads into its game with North Carolina on Saturday with two losses in its past three games. The Wolfpack gave up 51 points in the second half of Tuesday's 86-84 loss at Wake Forest. The Wolfpack led by as many as 16 in the first half before the Demon Deacons staged a comeback in the second half.

Senior forward Richard Howell mentioned the defensive lapses and lack of consistent effort against Wake were discussed in the team meeting.

"It's all about effort and how bad do you want to stop the other guy?" Howell said. "We had a meeting today and we talked about it and hopefully things like that won't happen again."

Senior guard Scott Wood said the meeting was good for the team and it "settled some things up."

"I think it was good for our team to hear a couple of guys talk and listen to them and let it sink in and realize what we need to get done," Wood said.

Wood didn't mention who did the talking but did say he relayed his own experiences, from his first two seasons when the team missed the NCAA tournament, and how it compared to last year's Sweet 16 finish.

"You don't want to have a crappy season because it's no fun," Wood said.

Brown was encouraged by the effort in Thursday's practice as the team prepares for Saturday's game with the Tar Heels, who have won 13 straight against the Wolfpack.

"We're perfectly fine, I would say," Brown said. "Everybody is back on track."

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