Bearcats Top Pack, 68-57

CINCINNATI, OHIO - Playing in a hostile road environment on national TV, the NC State men's basketball team fell 68-57 at Cincinnati on Tuesday evening.

T.J. Warren and Ralston Turner led NC State with 13 points apiece. Warren recorded his first double-double of the season with his 10 boards, while Turner went 4-for-7 from three-point range.

In a game that featured 12 ties and eight lead changes, a 7-0 spurt by Cincinnati lifted the Bearcats ahead for good midway through the second half. Turner was forced to the bench with his fourth foul and the Pack up 48-46 with 11:14 left. The Bearcats took advantage with the decisive 7-0 run to grab a 53-48 lead, and held onto the lead the rest of the contest.

State was within 57-53 and had the ball, but an offensive foul call against NC State at the 4:17 mark gave the ball back to Cincinnati. UC stayed a step ahead, as a pair of lay-ups gave Cincinnati its largest lead of the night at 62-53, and closed the game on a 20-9 run once the game was tied 48-48 with 10:19 left.

With the game tied after 20 minutes, Cincinnati had a brief surge to start the second half and forced State to call a pair of timeouts with defensive pressure. Yet, the Bearcats could never build their lead to more than four. With the crowd at its peak, Warren buried a deep three-pointer to pull the Pack within 39-38. Turner added a pair of three-pointers minutes later, with the second one tying the game 46-46. The first half was perhaps as closely-contested as 20 minutes of basketball can be. The opening 20 minutes featured 10 ties and six lead changes, and both teams shot exactly 11-for-27 from the floor. The Wolfpack trailed 35-32 late in the period with Anthony `Cat' Barber buried a three-pointer from the left wing. NC State withstood Cincinnati's defensive pressure, committing just three turnovers in the first half.

One thing head coach Mark Gottfried preached to his young team was to handle Cincinnati's trademark defensive pressure. The Pack executed and handled UC's pressure for much of the night. NC State had just eight turnovers and even held a 13-6 edge in points off turnovers.

The Wolfpack will return home this weekend when it hosts Campbell Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast by ESPN3.

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