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Offensive rebounding becoming a strength for Wolfpack

N.C. State’s Maverick Rowan, center, and Cody Martin, right, fend off Missouri's Kevin Puryear, far left, and Cullen VanLeer for a rebound during the Wolfpack’s 73-59 win over the Tigers on Dec. 19.
N.C. State’s Maverick Rowan, center, and Cody Martin, right, fend off Missouri's Kevin Puryear, far left, and Cullen VanLeer for a rebound during the Wolfpack’s 73-59 win over the Tigers on Dec. 19. AP

N.C. State led Missouri by a point at the half on Saturday.

The Wolfpack had only four offensive rebounds and five second-chance points in the first half against the Tigers.

So at the half, N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried challenged his team to hit the offensive glass.

The Wolfpack grabbed nine offensive rebounds in the second half and had a 15 to 1 advantage in the second half in second-chance points to pull away for a 73-59 road win.

“In the first half, we just weren’t as aggressive as we needed to be,” Gottfried said. “I challenged them at the half and they responded really well. I thought that was one of the big differences in the game.”

N.C. State finished with a 15 to 7 edge on the offensive glass, the ninth time in 11 games it has had more offensive rebounds than its opponent.

The Wolfpack has had a 73 to 41 advantage on the offensive glass during this four-game winning streak.

Forward Abdul-Malik Abu led the Wolfpack with three offensive rebounds against Mizzou and had a game-high 11 rebounds.

“Malik did a great job, really everyone did,” Gottfried said. “The ball was in the air and we were trying to track it down. That’s becoming a strength of our team is to be a good offensive rebounding team.”

N.C. State entered the game leading the ACC in offensive rebounds with 15.5 per game and ranked No. 9 in the country in that category.

One unexpected source of rebounding came from sophomore wing Cody Martin, who had two offensive rebounds, to go with six points, two blocks and two steals.

Martin turned his left ankle at the end of Wednesday’s win over High Point but was able to log 21 minutes against Mizzou.

Joe Giglio: 919-829-8938, @jwgiglio

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