Lone Bright Spot

North Carolina State coach Sidney Lowe was able to find about only one real bright spot in the Wolfpack's 84-64 loss at North Carolina.

"Lorenzo Brown," Lowe said, singling out the freshman guard who came off the bench to lead the 'Pack with 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting from the field.

He also had seven assists against only two turnovers.

"I thought he played well at that position, at the one," Lowe said. "He did a great job for us."

Other than that, the Wolfpack came out flat and was outhustled throughout the day. The Tar Heels owned the boards 53-39 for the game.

The difference was even more pronounced in the first half, when the Tar Heels outrebounded the 'Pack 34-18, with 14 of their total on their offensive board.

That put the 'Pack down 13-2 in second-chance points and allowed the Heels to get out to a 34-21 lead despite shooting only 37.8 percent in the opening half.

"Our initial defense in the first half was actually pretty good," Lowe said. "Now we need to secure the ball.

"So it wasn't bad in the first half. The second half wasn't as good."

The game was the second of back-to-back road contests for the Wolfpack, which has lost five of its last six games going into its game against Virginia Tech at home Feb. 2.

-- North Carolina State shot only 36.4 percent from the field against North Carolina, its lowest in seven ACC games and worst since a 31.0-percent effort in the loss to Arizona.

-- The cold shooting first half (23.3 percent) at Chapel Hill ended the 'Pack's recent trend of hot starts. The 'Pack shot a combined 50 percent (29 of 58) in the first halves against Miami and Clemson.

-- Sophomore G Scott Wood saw his streak of games with at least one 3-pointer end at seven when he missed his only try from behind the arc at North Carolina. He was 20 of 41 (48.8 percent) from behind the arc in that span.

BY THE NUMBERS: 0-4 -- The 'Pack's record on the road in ACC through the loss at North Carolina (1-6 overall).

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Lorenzo's got great size. You know, he's more a north-south player." -- Coach Sidney Lowe, on 6-5 freshman G Lorenzo Brown.

--vs. Virginia Tech, Feb. 2
Tech has one of the best outside-inside tandems in the ACC in G Malcolm Delaney and F Jeff Allen. Sophomore G Erick Green also has provided a big lift for the Hokies, who have had to contend with injury problems throughout the season.

--at Duke, Feb. 5
This is a rather quick turnaround game as the two teams played Jan. 19, with the Blue Devils winning 92-78. G Noland Smith (22 points, six assists), F Kyle Singler (18 points, nine rebounds) and F Mason Plumlee (10 rebounds) had big games for the Blue Devils in that meeting.

FUTURES MARKET: Coach Sidney Lowe may be looking at more tinkering in his backcourt. In the two games leading up to the contest at North Carolina, freshman Lorenzo Brown, who has 17 starts, played backup at point guard and senior Javier Gonzalez backed up C.J. Williams at the "2" guard. But Brown's effort at North Carolina may warrant getting him back in the starting lineup.

-- Freshman G Ryan Harrow, who had started three of the last four games at the point for the 'Pack, did not play at North Carolina because of an illness. He was in street clothes for the game.

-- Freshman G Lorenzo Brown had a career-high 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting against North Carolina.

-- Senior F Tracy Smith fouled out for the first time this season in the loss at North Carolina. In 25 minutes he had 12 points, his lowest output in nine games since returning from knee surgery.

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