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Whew! NC State Holds Off Detroit, 82-79

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Box Score

Four Factors NCSU Detroit
eFG% 60.0 50.8
Turnover Rate 19.9
Off Reb Rate 18.2 26.5
FT Rate 66.0 47.5

79 75.5 104.7 108.6
NCSU 82 75.5 108.6 104.7

NC State never trailed and in fact led comfortably for the majority of the game, though you wouldn't guess it by the final score. This one took a strange turn down the stretch, and obviously not in a good way. The Wolfpack led by 18 points with 7:52 left and held an 11-point edge with 3:52 to go ... which is when things got scary.

Detroit started scoring pretty much every time down--four of the Titans' six threes came in the last five minutes--and State was leaving points at the free throw line. Four times in the last two minutes, a Wolfpack player went 1-of-2 at the line. The only guy to convert both of his tries in that span was Kyle Washington (way to step up, son!). The result: Detroit ended up with about a 35-footer to tie the game at the buzzer, but the attempt rimmed out.

And so it was that a near-disastrous meltdown was averted. Had to make it interesting, though, didn't ya, fellas?

TJ Warren and Ralston Turner combined to score 50 of the Pack's points on 16-of-23 shooting, and it's a good thing, too, because Cat Barber, Tyler Lewis, and Dez Lee combined to shoot 5-of-22. Barber's jump shot is apparently allergic to Reynolds Coliseum--he missed some jumpers badly in the first half. It was a day he'd probably prefer to forget, but hey, that's gonna happen.