Deacons Fall At NC State 64-55
Feb. 3, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - Wake Forest made a run in the second half but came up short in the end and fell 64-55 at NC State Sunday afternoon.
The loss was the fourth-straight for the Deacons and drops them to 10-12 on the season and 3-7 in the ACC. NC State improves to 11-12 overall and 3-8 in the conference.
State opened the game on a 13-0 run and led by as many as 19 at one point in the first half. But the Deacons showed a lot of heart and pulled to within two at 42-40 midway through the second half. The Wolfpack answered with an 8-0 run and held on down the stretch.
Marissa Kastanek was 8-of-16 from the floor and 3-of-5 from long range to finish with a game-high 23 points for the Wolfpack. Markeisha Gatling had 10 points and nine rebounds while Len'Nique Brown dished-out nine assists to go along with four points and four rebounds.
Neither team shot the ball that well as State finished at 38.6 percent and the Deacons shot just 33.8 percent. Wake won the turnover battle 18-13 but a big difference came on the glass as the Wolfpack won that battle 49-36.
The Pack scored the first 13 points of the afternoon and led 22-4 midway through the opening half. The Deacons then scored six-straight to make it 22-10 but the Pack answered with seven-straight to take its largest lead of the half at 29-10 with 6:37 to play.
The Deacons then doubled-up the Pack the rest of the way and headed to the locker room down 36-24. Wake shot just 33 percent in the opening half while the Pack was 5-of-7 from long range and shot over 46 percent from the floor.
Trailing 40-30 at the first media timeout of the second half, the Deacons went on a 7-0 run, capped by a Douglas three-point play, to pull Wake within three at 40-37 with 13:50 left in the game. The Deacs got within two at 42-40 but State then ran-off eight-straight to push the lead back out to 10 at 50-40 with 9:37 to play.
The Deacons wouldn't get any closer than five the rest of the way as State held on for a 64-55 victory.
The Demon Deacons return home to host Maryland and Boston College next weekend. The game against Maryland is at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening and will be televised on RSN. The contest against Boston College is scheduled for a 2 p.m. tip-off on Sunday, Feb. 10.