NC State dispatched Fairfield back to the snowy wasteland that is Connecticut with a 99-78 win on Sunday afternoon in Raleigh. The game was within four points early in the second half, but NC State went on a tear and went up by 29 at one point. State, for the second game in a row, was able to show of their depth with nine guys logging more than ten minutes. Terry Henderson had 25pts, Dennis Smith 17pts, and Omer Yurtseven added 12.
PLAY OF THE GAME:
UNSUNG MOMENT: State did their normal ‘overrated/underrated’ video package during one of the breaks in the action. For those unfamiliar, players are asked about an athlete or celebrity type and whether they’re overrated or underrated. This time the topic was Charlotte’s Steph Curry. Without hesitation, everybody stated Curry was overrated. NC State basketball has now made my holiday season! Just think only six months ago I was blocked on twitter by espn types for telling them Curry wasn’t an underdog. I’ve got the last laugh now and have a Wolfpack behind me!
MVP: Terry Henderson
The Raleigh native torched the Fairfield zone to the tune of 25 points. Henderson was 6 for 10 from three point land and chipped in 7 rebounds.
Also, shout out to Chris Brickhouse for registering a 2 trillion. Big props for logging two minutes and accomplishing nothing. A trillion was termed by famous Ohio State walk-on Mark Titus:
‘A box score showing minutes played and zero for all other statistics, resulting in a one followed by twelve zeros – the conventional American rendering of “trillion.”‘
Annoying Player Of The Game: Tyler Nelson
I don’t think Fairfield is a tournament team, but they have the perfect ‘guy everyone finds annoying’ for a tournament run. Nelson, Fairfield’s leading scorer, put up 23 points and just hits shots. Since the game was never in doubt, Nelson’s annoyance level was down but I can only imagine where’d it be in a tight game.
WHAT’S NEXT?: The Wolfpack move to 9-2 on the season and will prepare for Thursday’s match-up against McNeese State (2-7). State will need to work on defense as allowing 78 points to Fairfield isn’t the greatest especially when thinking how that translates to ACC play. You know we’ll be at that McNeese State game.