Wood: 'It Was Just One of Those Nights'

Although he has been playing well recently, even Scott Wood probably could not have predicted his scoring outburst against Florida State Tuesday night in Tallahassee.

Although he has been playing well recently, even Scott Wood probably could not have predicted his scoring outburst against Florida State Tuesday night in Tallahassee.

The 6-foot-7 sharpshooter entered the game averaging just 7.6 points and has been the third or fourth option offensively for the Wolfpack. With that being said, when shooters get in a zone they are more than capable of the 31-point effort the Wolfpack received from Wood.

"Even a couple shots I took I thought 'why am I shooting this?' And they just went in. I'm just like 'alright, just keep puttin' it up there,'" Wood told reporters following the game. "Once you have that confidence you feel you can hit anything."

Prior to the game, Wood wasn't sure his shot was ready but just a couple of minutes in he began to realize it could be a fun night.

"It's funny, everyone was asking if I hit a lot of shots during warmups," Wood informed the Wolfpack Sports Network following the win. "I was pretty normal through warmups until about five minutes left and then I couldn't hit a shot.

"I was kind of worried at the start of the game, but after I knocked my first two down everything started to click."

Wood hit his first couple of shots and never looked back. Head coach Sidney Lowe noticed that his young shooter had it going and admitted that it put him in scramble mode.

"He had it in his eyes," Lowe said of Wood. "I was trying to pull out everything I had in terms of plays. I actually made some adjustments on a couple of sets during a timeout, trying to get him a shot.

"He was on fire. He kept us in that ballgame and kept us going."

Wood's 13 first-half points helped give the Pack a seven-point halftime lead, and on the opening possession of the second half he drilled another deep 3-pointer. Whenever Florida State gained momentum and seemed to be on the verge of a scoring spurt, Wood was normally there with an answer.

"He was on fire. He kept us in that ballgame and kept us going."

Deividas Dulkys hit the 'Noles first 3-pointer of the game with about eight minutes to go, cutting the Pack's lead to five at 56-51, and Wood countered with a baseline jumper off a screen from Dennis Horner.

FSU center Solomon Alabi hit two free throws that narrowed the lead back down to four at 59-55, and Wood once again provided the answer. On the ensuing possession he hit a contested 3-pointer over Michael Snaer and followed that up with another deep trey that pushed the lead back out to ten points with five minutes remaining.

"The one I hit, and I think #21 contested it really well, when that one went in, it was feeling pretty good," Wood said of the shot over Snaer.

The second 3-pointer came after two defenders collided chasing a rebound, and that left Wood alone on the wing. Freshman center Jordan Vandenberg appeared to be open under the basket, but Wood was hot.

"The offensive rebound just came to me and I was feeling so hot," he said. "I knew I wasn't going to get anymore open the rest of the game so I had to knock that one down."

"We seemed to not have an answer for Wood tonight," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. "Defensively we did not match their level of focus and execution. They were very patient and got the ball to the hot man.

"It was almost like he was a one-man wrecking crew. He hurt us in a lot of ways. He hit some really tough shots when we defended him very well."

"It seemed like they were a little hesitant in the first half," Wood said. "They wanted to close out harder, but definitely in the second half you could tell they didn't want me to get any looks."

Wood finished the night 10-of-15 from the field and 7-of-11 from behind the 3-point line. He also hit 4-of-6 free throws, but did miss two after being fouled late in the game.

"I'm not making any excuses," he said. "But I had a partially torn contact. I'll probably here about [missing free throws] from my parents."

His 31 points was the highest a Wolfpack freshman scored in a conference game since Ernie Myers lit up Duke for 35 in 1983. Wood also added seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, and a block. The block came late in the game following a Wolfpack turnover, and he also contested another breakaway dunk attempt earlier in the second half which led to a Florida State turnover.

"Scott comes ready to play."

"Scott comes ready to play," said Lowe. "His defense was outstanding as well. He played a complete game, offensively and defensively."

"That's one of the thing my dad taught me... on turnovers you've got to sprint back," Wood stated. "Those two buckets could be the difference.. in say the Florida game, you never know what's going to happen. Those two things, it's just your job. You've got to sprint back and not give them a layup."

Wood started off the season strong, averaging 9.0 points in the first four games of the year. He then began to struggle with his shot, averaging just 2.8 points over his next five outings while hitting only 2-of-18 from three-point range.

However he kept shooting the basketball and is now emerging into a go-to weapon for the Wolfpack. Over his last eight games Wood is averaging 12.7 points per game and is dialed in beyond the arc.

He has now knocked down 26-of-54 shots from three-point range during the eight-game stretch, hitting at a 48% clip. In his past six games Wood has hit 23 three-pointers and has at least two three-pointers in seven straight games.

"Really I think they did a pretty good job defensively," Wood said of the Seminoles. "But it was just one of those nights where it feels like everything is going in."

Sidney Lowe and NC State fans hope Wood experiences many more of those nights over the next four years in Raleigh.

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