Notebook: Road Woes Continue for Pack

Chestnut Hill, Mass. — The road has been unkind to N.C. State this year.

While the Wolfpack has enjoyed a 10-2 record at the cozy confines of the RBC Center and is 3-0 at neutral sites, Thursday night's 82-65 loss at Boston College dropped its road record to 2-7.

The Wolfpack has found life on the road in the ACC especially difficult with just one win in six games away from home.

N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe had no easy answers for the Wolfpack's struggles.

"Other than that it's tough to play on the road, you're doing it with some fairly young guys in key positions," Lowe said. "It's very difficult."

Of course the opponents have played a role as well, and trying to defend BC's junior point guard Tyrese Rice with freshman Javier Gonzalez and sophomore Marques Johnson isn't exactly a recipe success. Rice had 32 points and six assists in Thursday's game.

While Lowe was disappointed with his team's defensive effort, he was impressed with the job the Eagles did, particularly on Courtney Fells. The junior shooting guard entered the game averaging 14.6 points per game during conference play.

BC never let Fells get into a groove and held him to 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting.

"They were watching him close," Lowe said. "They stayed on him and didn't give him any open looks. They did a nice job on him. They knew he's been shooting the ball well and they know we need him to score and they watched him."

What impressed Lowe was that Fells, who didn't score until two minutes before halftime, didn't get frustrated and instead fed the post. The Wolfpack got 40 of its 65 points in the paint.

"To Courtney's credit he kept looking to go inside, especially early," Lowe said. "We got the ball inside to J.J. and Ben pretty much all the first half. Courtney was just being patient with it and they were chasing him well."

Lowe said he may be forced to put the brakes on his team's attack.

"There were so many unforced errors that we had turning the basketball over," Lowe said. "I've said before, and I've fought this before – we are not a running team. We can't really run, but we were trying to get opportunities because they were executing and trying to get four guys to the boards. We were going to try to get out and run, but we either turned it over or took tough shots. We might have to go just pull it back and try to execute and get ourselves an opportunity."

N.C. State outscored the methodical Eagles 8-0 in fast break points, but also allowed BC to get 10 offensive rebounds.

It was not a happy homecoming for sophomore guard Farnold Degand. The Boston native was forced into a spectator's role, as he was lost for the season when he suffered a torn ACL against Cincinnati on Dec. 23. Degand started the first 10 games of the season, averaging 6.9 points per game.

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