Anyone else watch Georgia Tech come into the RBC Center last night and take a game from NC State? There really is not another way of stating it. Tech took this one, and there was not much the Wolfpack could do about it. With Glen Rice Jr “coming off the bench” and pouring in 22 points on 7-10 shooting, including 3-5 from behind the arc, to go along with Mfon Udofia’s ridiculous three point shots, the Pack had no chance against the Jackets.
This game was full of drama, with NC State coach Mark Gottfried getting a technical foul for a reason that is as of yet still unknown. That was followed up by the refs refusing to talk to him. At one point in the second half, during a time out, Gottfried was pleading with the refs for someone to come talk to him, and they responded by going to the opposite end of the floor and talking amongst themselves under the basket. This was followed up by some questionable calls, that led to the Wolfpack getting into foul trouble.
The refs were not the reason the Pack lost that game, however. Georgia Tech was simply on fire. Rice Jr drained three pointers with hands in his face all night, as Tech finished the game shooting 60% from behind the arc (9-15) and 51% from the floor overall. Even fouling Brandon Reed, who entered the game with a sub 60% free throw percentage, backfired as dude went 7-8 from the charity stripe. Simply put, nothing worked for the Pack last night.
Just take a look at the box score and you can see that as bad as it seemed last night for the Pack, it really wasn’t as bad as it seemed. The main negative for the Pack was its three point shooting, where it shot 26.3% (5-19). The Pack was out rebounded by two, but had more offensive rebounds than Tech, which was due in large part to the fact that while the Jackets could not miss a shot, the Pack certainly could. NC State had 12 turnovers (Tech had 14). Blocked six shots (Tech blocked 5). 12 assists to Tech’s 9.
So even “playing as poorly as they did” the Pack still managed to fight hard and matched Tech’s 42 second half points with 42 of their own. It just was not meant to be for the Pack. Credit to Georgia Tech, who is looking better as the season goes on, and maybe will indeed finish in the middle of the ACC after all.
Some good gems from Gottfried from his post game presser here.
“Let me say this clearly, the officials, they did not cost us the game, not at all,” Gottfried said. “Everybody can have an opinion but my take on all that is my team has to play better. I’m not into excuses, I’m not into that at all.”
Say what you will about Gottfried, but I for one love his approach with the media. Also from last night:
“I can take my jacket off any time I’d like to,” Gottfried said. “That’s my prerogative. I never got an explanation. I asked repeatedly and never got one, never had any communication after that from them, and that’s a little bit frustrating on my side.”