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Saturday, December 11, 2004

Return to Reynolds, epilogue

N.C. State 94, Liberty 60

Box score

Julius Hodge just misses a triple double: 27 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists.

He would have had 10 rebounds, but freshman Andrew Brackman took a rebound away from him:

"I let him know that was my rebound. I'm gonna smack him on his head when I see him."

But even better is the Wolfpack had a balanced attack against Liberty. The Flames played tough in the first half until State went on a couple of late runs,including a 20-7 spurt that opened up a 52-31 halftime lead. Levi Watkins hit the key three that really got it going.

State also went on a 13-0 run to end the game.

Good news: The Pack dominates inside, hauling in 44 rebounds, including 18 offensive rebounds. They also put up 46 points in the paint as well as 31 second chance points.

The three freshmen, Gavin Grant, Cedric Simmons and Andrew Brackman all make significant contributions, with Brackman scoring 13 points. He was key during the first-half runs, going 4 for 5.

Pack shoots 15-19 from the free-throw line, with Hodge going 7 for 8. That was a concern following the game against Manahttan.

Bad news: Tony Bethel dished out some assists, but was only 1 for 6 from the floor.

Despite the key 3 in the first half, Watkins was only 3 for 10 from the field, 2 for 7 from 3-point range.

State shoots only 9-29 from 3-point range.

Herb Sendek was not overly impressed with his team's rebounding:

"We've got to be a much better rebounding team. We're nowhere near where we need to be."