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NC State 87, Winthrop 79: Cat Barber scores 37 as Wolfpack fends off Eagles

Cat Daddy gonna do Cat Daddy things.

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Box Score

Four Factors NC State
eFG% 50.0 49.2
Turnover Rate 12.1
Off Reb Rate 35.1 26.3
FT Rate 54.8 37.7

79 75 105.3 116.0
NC State
87 75 116.0 105.3

NC State ran into another hot shooting team from three-point range on Friday night. This time, the Wolfpack had enough firepower to counter, thanks primarily to Cat Barber and his career-high 37 points. The Pack opened up a double-digit lead in the second half and held on for the 87-79 win.

Barber came into the evening with 53 free throw attempts in five games. He now has 75 attempts in six games, and he's hit 88% of them. His ability to get to the free throw line frequently has been huge for a team that hasn't shot especially well from the field this season. The fact he's knocked down 88% of his free throws is also significant for a group that is otherwise iffy at the stripe.

Winthrop made 12 three-pointers on 28 attempts, led by Jimmy Gavin, who scored 38 points on 10-15 shooting, including seven threes. A bit of hot shooting in the second half gave the Eagles a four-point lead, but the Wolfpack responded with a 19-3 run to give it some breathing room for the first time all night.

While the Eagles had themselves a three-point shooting bonanza, they hit only 36.4% of their 33 two-point tries. They were -4 in the turnover category, attempted 11 fewer free throws than NC State, and were outrebounded. They didn't win any of the four factors--albeit the margins were small in some cases--relying almost completely on the three-ball to be their equalizer.

They didn't quite have enough of those in them.