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Saturday, March 12, 2005

Size matters

I watched last night's games from a remote location, nowhere near a computer.

So what was the difference between State last week and State last night? Andrew Brackman. State finally had the inside presence that's been missing all season. How about that drive to the hoop? How about the alley-oop dunk?

Durham Herald-Sun's Neil Amato:

"Andrew Brackman? The freshman didn't score in the first half, but he didn't come out in the second half, scoring 16 points and adding four rebounds, including two critical offensive boards. N.C. State coach Herb Sendek, the master of staying calm, seemed to gush about Brackman's play.

"'Man, he was terrific,' Sendek said."

The N&R's Rob Daniels:

"Brackman, a 6-foot-10 guy who canbeat you off the dribble or by posting up, took the entire court for himself at times... In a critical stretch that changed everything....Brackman swatted a shot, ran the floor and converted a Bennerman alley-oop for a jam."

Yes, Brackman had considerable help from Cameron Bennerman.

More Daniels:

"Bennerman (17 points and career highs of eight rebounds and seven assists) passed and cut his way brilliantly through the machinations of State's technically stunning back-door, spread-floor offense."

Now we know what the Pack can do when everyone's not crowded around the three-point arc. It will be interesting to see if they keep it going against Duke.