Postgame Breakdown: Maryland

Pack Pride looks back at NC State's 87-80 loss to Maryland in College Park.

C.J. Leslie put together another strong effort for the Wolfpack.

The 6-foot-8 combo forward played a game-high 38 minutes, largely due to Richard Howell being sidelined with a head injury, and didn't disappoint. He totaled 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the field and had eight rebounds, an assist, and two blocks.

Leslie mixed it up all game with Maryland big men Dino Gregory and Jordan Williams, and his effort and energy stood out.

This is the third straight game where Leslie carried the Pack at times offensively, and his consistent play is a plus moving forward.

Three players carried the Terps offensively, scoring an astounding 69 of their 87 points. Jordan Williams was expected to have a big game, and he totaled 26 points and eight rebounds, and Dino Gregory was drilling mid-range jumpers all over the court to finish with 18 points and a game-high 10 rebounds, but Terrell Stoglin was clearly the difference maker for the Terps.

The talented point guard won the head-to-head battle with fellow freshman PG Ryan Harrow, as Stoglin scored 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting while hitting 9-of-10 free throws. He also tallied a game-high nine assists with just one turnover.

Stoglin was terrific in feeding the post and did a very good job of pushing tempo when State's point guards took ill-advised shots. His balanced play on both ends won the game for Maryland.

58.2%. Maryland started strong from the field and never looked back. The Terps hit 58.6% of their shots in the first half and was just a little worse in the second, knocking down 57.7%.

Impressive offensive performance by Maryland given the way they did it. Maryland scored in transition, finished in the paint, and knocked down multiple mid-range jumpers. They only attempted one 3-pointer, a miss, and had 14 fastbreak points to just four for the Wolfpack.

Their shooting touch also carried over to the free throw line. The Terps entered the game in the bottom third of the league in free throw shooting, but hit 23-of-25 against State (who knocked down 11-of-16). The +12 at the free throw line was an obvious factor in the win.

Maryland led 75-71 with 4:51 to play and Sidney Lowe had just taken a full timeout after four straight points by the Terps broke a 71-71 tie.

Lowe called for a set that opened up the baseline for C.J. Leslie, who passed up a short midrange jumper, choosing to attack the basket. His first shot was a miss but Leslie grabbed his own offensive rebound and his putback was blocked by Dino Gregory. A long rebound out was secured by Ryan Harrow, who fed the ball to C.J. Williams on the baseline. Williams attacked the basket and attempted a difficult mid-range jumper, which he missed.

Gregory rebounded the ball and threw a quick outlet pass to Pe'Shon Howard, who led a 3-on-1 fastbreak as the only defender back for State was Scott Wood. Maryland ran the break perfectly, as Howard attacked Wood before dropping a pass to Sean Mosley, who converted the layup, pushing Maryland's lead to six points.

In that sequence NC State had multiple chances to end a scoring drought and cut Maryland's lead to two points, but instead the Terps were able to get defensive stops while also leaking out and scoring in transition.

NC State (14-12, 4-8 ACC) now has a couple of days off before returning to the hardwood Wednesday night against rival North Carolina (20-6, 10-2 ACC) in the RBC Center.

The Tar Heels are coming off a 48-46 win over Boston College.

North Carolina won the first matchup between the two teams in Chapel Hill, defeating the Pack 84-64. Harrison Barnes scored 25 points and John Henson totaled 16 points, 16 rebounds, and seven blocks for the Heels.

Tip-off for NC State and North Carolina is set for 9:00 pm. The game will be televised on the ACC Network.


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