NC State Cruises Past FGCU, 82-62, In Jordan Vandenberg's Return

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Box Score

Four Factors NCSU FGCU
eFG% 56.5 38.2
Turnover Rate 16.0
16.0
Off Reb Rate 43.3 21.1
FT Rate 29.0 41.8

Pts Poss OFF_EFF DEF_EFF
FGCU
62 68.7 90.2 119.3
NCSU 82 68.7 119.3 90.2

NC State bounced back from the NC Central debacle with a decisive win over Florida Gulf Coast on Tuesday night. The Eagles managed to hang around for most of the first half, but State put together a 10-0 run over the last six minutes, and FGCU would never pull back to within single digits.

Cat Barber got the start at point guard over Tyler Lewis, who played just 10 minutes. Barber did a solid job running things, though he did turn the ball over five times. Jordan Vandenberg returned from his ankle injury to pull down 10 boards, block a couple of shots, and score seven points on 50% shooting. And  this happened:

T.J. Warren was outstanding, knocking down 13 of 18 shots en route to 30 points in 29 minutes of action. State's offense is usually going to be pretty damn efficient when Warren is putting together performances like this, and that was definitely the case against FGCU.

Defensively, State managed to limit the Eagles to just 25% shooting from deep and 38.5% shooting inside the arc. Couple that with an outstanding defensive rebounding effort and FGCU's offense was doomed to a sub-par night.

This was definitely the sort of performance that NC State needed to restore some confidence. Winning the rest of the games on the homestand is doable, and if nothing else, I hope the NCCU game made clear what sort of effort this team will have to bring every night in order to win games.

But enough about that for now. We saw the Legend of Jordan Vandenberg established on Tuesday night, both on the court, and off...

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