NC State was due to have a close game go its way after suffering several tough losses in the last month, and turns out that breakthough came against Pittsburgh on Wednesday afternoon. The Wolfpack had to overcome a whole lot of Pittsburgh free throws and make one last stop in order to do it, but the Pack got it done.
Both teams shot the ball well inside the arc, but NC State was a bit better at 62.5% on twos. Aside from Shakeel Moore, every State player that saw the court connected on at least half their two-point tries. DJ Funderburk was 6-9 from the field and scored 16, while Jericole Hellems had a team-high 17 on 6-9 shooting prior to fouling out.
There were some officiating shenanigans in this one, and that’s Jamie Luckie for you. Justin Champagnie had an off day from the field, shooting just 3-11, but got 16 free throw attempts to make up for it. Pitt got to the line 28 times, though only made 19 of those. Good thing that’s not a good free throw shooting team!
All told it was a good performance by a shorthanded NC State team that lost Hellems in crunch time. We’ll take these wins however we can get ‘em.