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NC State Beats Maryland, 79-74, Picks Up First Conference Win

Four Factors NCSU UMd
eFG% 49.2 50.8
Turnover Rate 18.0
Off Reb Rate 34.4 34.2
FT Rate 40.7 35.0

74 72.2 102.5 109.4
NCSU 79 72.2 109.4 102.5

Box Score (pdf)

State made it look easy at times, and there were no real major moments of concern, there was just the frustration that came from going up seven to going down two to going up eight to being tied to going up 14 to having to make free throws in the last minute to seal the deal. There are worse things I could be lamenting right now, but fortunately the team took care of business down the stretch, and while they were never able to really pull away from those pesky Terps, they fought hard and answered Maryland's runs.

State benefited from another night of outstanding free throw shooting (21-24) and did a good job around the rim at the defensive end despite Alex Len's toweringness. The Terps hit just 43.6% of their twos. Maryland made up quite a bit from beyond the arc, where they made seven more shots than NC State did, put the Pack did enough in other places to secure a pivotal conference win.