NC State played the second of three games on its Italy trip Monday in Pisa against a team called Da Ground or something thereabouts. The contest was close throughout, with State rallying from a seven-point halftime deficit to force overtime. Alas, the Pack didn’t have quite enough firepower to overcome their opponents and dropped the contest, 103-98.
Details are basically non-existent since NC State’s Twitter account opted not to tweet anything during the game, for whatever reason. But we do have a box score (albeit one that is very difficult to read) thanks to the hosts. There’s also quite a bit of video on Da Ground’s Facebook page.
If I am interpreting the box score properly, Malik Abu had a nice outing, scoring more than 20 points. It also looks like Sam Hunt knocked down half a dozen three-pointers.
Keatts had this to say afterward:
Keatts: We played a tough game vs a collection of talented pros.This will help more this coming season than winning by 36pts in our 1st game— NC State Men's Bball (@PackMensBball) August 7, 2017
Definitely better to play a team that can keep up with you (and then some), but still a bummer to lose. All part of the building process, though.