There’s no turning to Paige this time for Tar HeelsMarcus Paige never transformed into his alter ego of Wolfpack killer on Tuesday. His pedestrian performance became a factor in UNC’s toothless 58-46 loss to NC State at the Smith Center. Paige, the junior who often has starred in defeats of N.C. State, struggled to seven points as the 15th-ranked Tar Heels stumbled to the lowest point total in the 29-year history of their home building. (Burlington Times News)
Lucas: Defining MomentsLet’s not act like NC State suddenly showed up on Tuesday night and learned how to defend. The Wolfpack has been consistently good in the paint defensively in ACC play. League opponents are shooting just 44.1 percent against them on two-point shots, the third-best such defensive mark in the conference. (GoHeels.com)
Wolfpack, Barber scratch Tar HeelsNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams got the loud crowd he ordered, and for all of the talk about there no longer being much to these games between N.C. State and UNC, well...“The bottom line is North Carolina State kicked our rear ends,” Williams said Tuesday night. NCSU won in the Dean E. Smith Center for the first time in a dozen years. (Durham Herald-Sun)
Troubling Trend for Tar HeelsFor the third time in seven games, No. 15 North Carolina executed poorly down the stretch in Tuesday’s 58-46 loss to N.C. State. “We made a nice run, but runs don’t do you any good unless you’re tough enough to withstand and keep going,” UNC head coach Roy Williams said during his postgame press conference. (Inside Carolina)
Post Lockdown vs NC StateN.C. State’s physical approach on the interior limited No. 15 North Carolina’s post production in Tuesday’s 58-46 loss at the Smith Center. In UNC’s previous five games, Kennedy Meeks, Brice Johnson and Isaiah combined to average 41.4 points on 64.7 percent shooting. That efficiency took a nose dive against a Wolfpack front line that utilized its bulk to frustrate the Tar Heel big men. (Inside Carolina)
UNC's offense has historically bad night in loss to N.C. StateAsked Monday about the notion that the UNC-N.C. State game was important to the Wolfpack, UNC coach Roy Williams said the matchup was just as important to his Tar Heels. After setting a Smith Center record for offensive futility in a 58-46 home loss Tuesday, UNC has dropped five of seven games with less than two weeks left in the regular season. (Fayetteville Observer)
Recap & Analysis: NC State 58 UNC 46Forty six points. In the nearly 30 year history of the Dean Smith Center, North Carolina had never scored as few points as the Tar Heels did Tuesday night. It was an incredible display of offensive ineptitude out of the gate. None of the shots were falling in the first half and UNC was unable to grab offensive rebounds to compensate for the poor shooting. (Tar Heel Blog)
UNC-NC State Postgame QuotesRoy Williams: "Congratulate Mark and his club. They were dominating from the first get-go. Before I even get to that, let me say something really clear. Our crowd was great tonight, we let them down. They were sensational, they were off the charts. Coach let them down, players, we just--early in the game they dominated everything, intimidated us inside." (GoHeels.com)
UNC-N.C. State Postgame NotesNorth Carolina is now 19-9 overall, 9-6 in the ACC and 10-4 at home this season. UNC's 46 points are the fewest ever by the Tar Heels in the Smith Center. The previous low was 48 in a 48-46 win over Boston College on Feb. 19, 2011. UNC scored 18 first-half points, matching the fewest in any half by UNC in Roy Williams’ 12 seasons as head coach (also 18 vs. Butler in the first half in Maui on Nov. 20, 2012). (GoHeels.com)
Video: North Carolina vs NC State Game HighlightsView complete game highlights from North Carolina's 58-46 loss to NC State Tuesday night in Chapel Hill:
Video: Roy Williams Post NC State Press ConferenceNorth Carolina coach Roy Williams addresses the media following the Tar Heels' 58-46 loss to NC State in Chapel Hill on February 24th, 2015.
NC State upends No. 15 North Carolina 58-46Anthony "Cat" Barber scored 16 points and North Carolina State beat No. 15 North Carolina 58-46 on Tuesday night, earning its first road win in the series in a dozen years. Trevor Lacey and Ralston Turner each added 14 points for the Wolfpack. N.C. State didn't shoot particularly well, but it played with toughness and composure while frustrating the Tar Heels just about all night. (ESPN.com)
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - NC StateThe crowd got much-deserved praise from Williams after the game. They were loud and into the game throughout. Sometimes, however, the crowd doesn't decide the game, and State was able to play well enough to negate them on a night when the Smith Center was as hostile as any arena in the league. The Pack got 15 second-chance points, including a backbreaker late in the game. (GoHeels.com)
Box Score: NC State 58, North Carolina 46View the complete box score from North Carolina's 58-46 loss to NC State in Chapel Hill on Tuesday: (View Box Score)
Video: Marcus Paige's hustle leads to a Justin Jackson layup vs. NC StateAfter a Justin Jackson steal, Marcus Paige hits the floor to pitch the ball ahead to Jackson for the layup against NC State on February 24th, 2015.
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