After leading most of the game, NC State could not hold on and beat Frank Haith’s Missouri Tigers in Raleigh last night. After being in control for about the first 36 minutes, the Wolfpack seemed like they would pick up a vital OOC win over an SEC opponent. Instead, things fell apart in the end as the Tigers hit five threes out of their final seven baskets.
Overall it was a good game for the Pack, but they came up short in the end. It was puzzling that TJ Warren did not score in the final 12 minutes of the game, after pouring in 24 up to that point. It was also puzzling that Mark Gottfried took Kyle Washington out of the game late, yet left in Leonard Freeman down the stretch. Washington was clearly having his best game of the season, and Freeman failed to do much all game long.
Also puzzling was BeeJay Anya only getting nine minutes of action when Jordan Vandenberg was limited to 22 due to foul trouble. I think Gottfried was trying to go a little small due to the guards on Mizzou, but with Cat Barber being in foul trouble the entire game it may have been time to focus on your own strengths versus trying to match-up with the Tigers’.
At the end of the day it was a hard fought game and Mizzou hit a few more shots, including 19/26 free throws compared to 8/14 for the Pack. Up next for the Pack is UNCG on the 30th, before hitting ACC play against Pitt on the 4th. A win over Mizzou would have gone a long way heading into ACC action, but we can only hope this lights a fire under them and they tighten up their flaws, like Ralston Turner forcing threes up when they should be feeding Warren down low.