Sunday, March 18, 2012
Rapid Reaction: NC State 66, G'town 63
By Myron Medcalf
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Instant analysis of NC State's 66-63 win over Georgetown.
Overview: NC State started cold. In the first 10 minutes, 9 seconds of its third-round matchup against Georgetown at Nationwide Arena on Sunday, it recorded just two field goals. But Georgetown hit an offensive roadblock, too.
The Hoyas surged ahead to a 25-15 margin with 5:08 remaining in the first half, but Henry Sims’ early foul trouble limited the 6-foot-10 center to just six minutes of action before halftime.
They missed his defensive presence during the Wolfpack’s 15-2 run that resulted in a 30-27 halftime lead for NC State. The Wolfpack kicked off the second half with a 13-5 run (28-7 overall) that put them ahead by 11.
Four NC State players recorded double figures in the game. Hollis Thompson (23 points) was on fire for the Hoyas, but it wasn’t enough to hold off the Wolfpack.
But Georgetown did make it interesting in the final minute.
Georgetown closed the gap, and after Lorenzo Brown missed the second of two free throws, the Hoyas had a chance to tie the game in the final seconds. But Jason Clark air-balled a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Brown’s two clutch free throws with 10 seconds to play gave the Wolfpack a four-point lead. His teammates carried him off the floor after the win.
Turning point: When Georgetown took that 10-point lead in the first half during NC State’s drought, the Hoyas looked like they were ready to go for the kill. But they didn’t. They relaxed and the Wolfpack returned fire in the form of a 28-7 run that started in the first half and ended in the second.