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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:
Still struggling to come to terms with the fact that Vandenberg did THIS https://t.co/fej4Egk4bm— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongABC11) November 27, 2013
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...
My favorite quote from Vandenberg, after I asked him if he thought his time would ever come ....— Bret Strelow (@bretstrelow) November 27, 2013
My time is now. There's no one in front of me. There's no more CJ, no more Rich, no more DeShawn, no more Tracy Smith, no more Dennis Horner— Bret Strelow (@bretstrelow) November 27, 2013
"If this goes out to the people, they'll be like 'Who the hell is Dennis Horner.' I've been here a long time."— Bret Strelow (@bretstrelow) November 27, 2013
"I remember Nate Hicks when he played at GT. I got pictures of me w/ him. Not complimentary of him in any way." Proof http://t.co/KwGYse1THV— Bret Strelow (@bretstrelow) November 27, 2013
Just to be clear, Vandenberg was joking about his age, not putting down Horner, who has played in the NBA— Bret Strelow (@bretstrelow) November 27, 2013