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Northwestern Recap

December 2, 2009

Stat Game
Northwestern North-carolina-state
Points 65 53
FG Att 49 56
FG Made 24 19
FG Pct 49.0 33.9
FT Att 16 19
FT Made 11 13
FT Pct 68.8 68.4
3pt FG Att 14 18
3pt FG Made 6 2
3pt FG Pct 42.9 11.1
Rebounds 38 31
Off Rebs 10 12
Def Rebs 28 19
Team Rebs 5 5
Assists 11 10
Steals 9 9
Blocks 9 6
Turnovers 16 13
Fouls 16 15

Cold-shooting from the Pack and solid play from Northwestern defined this game. The Pack shot an abysmal 11% from beyond the arc (Javier Gonzalez hit the only two threes made by the Pack all night) and never shot better than 40% from the floor.

Northwestern, on the other hand, shot a filthy 58% from the floor in the first half. State stepped up the defensive pressure in the second half and got that number down to a more reasonable sub-40%, but the Pack offense never came around well enough to capitalize.

Gonzalez, Tracy Smith and Dennis Horner were the only effective players on the court last night. The contributions of everyone else were negligible, which is somewhat troubling if you’re Sidney Lowe. The last thing you want is to have to keep shuffling lineups like last season in an effort to find a combination that works. The Pack needs more consistent play from its role players if it’s to exceed this team’s low expectations.

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