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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

NC State 60 Purdue 53

N&R coverage

N&O coverage

Note the leads of both stories focus on Herb Sendek whispering in Julius Hodge's ear before the game.

It worked, though, as Hodge steps up with 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

Tony Bethel, Engin Astur and Levi Watkins go 3-for-22, including 1-for-15 on 3-pointers. Not good.

Gene Keady, commenting on State:

"They needed to do what we did and play a tougher schedule early on. I don't think they were ready for this kind of defense, but they are going to be just fine and Hodge really makes them special because he can get a basket whenever he wants."

But he needs help.