N.C. Central 82, N.C. State 72 (OT)

NC Central shocks NC State 82-72 in overtime

jgiglio@newsobserver.comNovember 20, 2013 

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    Percentages: FG .404, FT .911. 3-Point Goals: 3-16, .188 (Ingram 2-5, Parks 1-1, Chapman 0-1, Galaya 0-2, Houston 0-2, Groves 0-5). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 4 (Ingram, Houston, Jawara, Chapman). Turnovers: 14 (Copeland 4, Ingram 3, Houston 2, Chapman 2, Jawara 2, Groves). Steals: 5 (Ingram 2, Jawara, Chapman, Groves). Technical Fouls: None.


    Percentages: FG .404, FT .697. 3-Point Goals: 3-20, .150 (Turner 2-8, Wallace 1-2, Warren 0-1, Barber 0-3, Lee 0-3, Lewis 0-3). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 2 (Freeman, Turner). Turnovers: 11 (Lee 5, Freeman 2, Anya, Barber, Turner, Lewis). Steals: 6 (Lee 2, Barber, Warren, Turner, Lewis). Technical Fouls: None.

    NC Central33301982
    NC State2736972

    A—9,754. Officials—Jamie Luckie, Mike Roberts, Bernard Clinton.

  • Observations

    •  N.C. State had a miserable time against N.C. Central's zone. With primary scorer T.J. Warren on the bench for most of the game in foul trouble, the Wolfpack was unable to attack NCCU's defense with any consistency.

    The Wolfpack finished just 3 of 20 from the 3-point line, and one of the 3s came freshman from walk-on Patrick Wallace with 2.7 seconds left in regulation.

    "Sometimes, you have nights where you just can't make a shot," N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. "We had one of those tonight."

    •  N.C. Central missed its first eight 3-pointers but had success getting to the basket against N.C. State's man defense. Gottfried switched to a zone for long stretches in the second half but it was too late.

    When the Eagles didn't score on dribble penetration, they were able to get to the foul line. NCCU finished 41 of 45 from the free-throw line, compared to 23 of 33 for N.C. State. Ingram alone was 19 of 21 from the line.

    •  Four N.C. State starters fouled out, including two (T.J. Warren and Desmond Lee) in regulation. Warren picked up three fouls in the first half and then his fourth at 10:46 in the second half. He fouled out with 2:42 left in the second half. His absence was particularly problematic on the boards. NCCU out-rebounded N.C. State 37 to 30. Warren, who averaged 7.0 rebounds over the first three games, finished with three.

    Joe Giglio

— North Carolina’s loss on Sunday and Duke’s close call on Tuesday were warnings for N.C. State.

An 82-72 overtime loss to N.C. Central on Wednesday was a dose of reality for the Wolfpack.

“Anything is possible, that’s just how it is in college basketball,” N.C. State junior Ralston Turner said. “On any night, anybody can get beat.”

With 29 points from senior guard Jeremy Ingram, N.C. Central knocked off N.C. State for its first win over an ACC team.

The Eagles (3-1) had lost their first 13 games against the ACC since making the transition to Division I before the 2007-08 season. They had lost the previous four games to N.C. State by an average of 23 points.

But Wednesday’s game, between a veteran NCCU team and an N.C. State program in transition was quite different. The Eagles controlled the game and led for most of it.

“It was a huge win for North Carolina Central University,” fifth-year coach LeVelle Moton said. “Every low major program, every HBCU, hopefully they can look at this and feel inspired.”

With N.C. State (2-2) drowning in foul trouble and misery from the 3-point line (3 of 20), it looked like the Eagles would walk to a win in regulation.

A pair of free throws by senior guard Emanuel Chapman (18 points) gave NCCU (3-1) a 59-53 lead with 1 minute and 33 seconds left in the second half.

Then N.C. State got five points from freshman guard Cat Barber, who finished with a team-high 22 points, followed by a layup by sophomore guard Tyler Lewis with 13.2 seconds left to cut NCCU’s lead to 62-60.

Ingram, a 6-3 shooting guard from Charlotte, scored 23 of his points after the first half. He made one free throw and missed the second with 11.3 seconds left to leave the door open.

With starters T.J. Warren (13 points) and Desmond Lee (12) on the bench with five fouls, Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried turned to freshman walk-on Patrick Wallace.

Wallace, a 6-1 guard from Charlotte, is one of the best shooters on the team but his work is mostly confined to practice.

With Barber squeezed out of the lane by NCCU’s zone, he picked up the ball a step outside the paint and found Wallace in the right corner. Wallace, who spent the first 39 minutes of the game on the bench, coolly caught the ball and drained the 3.

“I’ve seen him do that time and time again in practice,” Lee said. “I was like, ‘We’ve got another life.’”

But Ingram was not to be denied in overtime. He channeled his anger from the missed free throw at the end of regulation into nine straight points.

Before instant hero Wallace could crank up another 3 (he missed), the Wolfpack was already down 70-63 in overtime.

“I felt like that could have been the thing that lost the game,” Ingram said of the missed free throw. “I wanted to come out and really be aggressive and try to get us over the hump.”

Gottfried wasn’t surprised by the result. The Eagles have seven players back from a team that won 22 games last season and went 15-1 in the MEAC.

“They’re a veteran team and they played like a veteran team,” Gottfried said. “They’re a good team. They’re going to win a lot of games.

“I think we’re going to get good, we’re not there obviously right now.”

For Moton, it was the kind of win that will get his fledgling program, which competed in Division II and the CIAA conference until 2007, a foot in the crowded market that is Triangle basketball.

“Ever since we made this transition, we’ve been fighting for respect,” Moton said. “It’s really tough on Tobacco Road, in our backyard to not be mentioned with the big boys with Duke and Carolina and N.C. State.”

After Wednesday’s historic win, the Eagles have earned their bragging rights.

Giglio: 919-829-8938

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