NC State Box Score Against Virginia Tech is an Utter Embarrassment

Rex Christensen
February 6, 2019

No. 12 Virginia Tech kept No. 23 N.C. State from scoring 25 points Saturday, winning a bad offensive game, 47-24. It was N.C. State's lowest scoring output in any game since managing 12 points in a win against Duke in the 1968 ACC Tournament, almost two decades before the implementation of the shot clock. After the teams traded buckets in the first two minutes, neither scored again until Isaiah Wilkins drained a 3-pointer for Virginia Tech with 12:50 left in the first half to make it 5-2.

NC State managed only 24 points in the 47-24 loss. It was something else: NC State could not defend its home court against the Hokies, falling 47-24.

(1) BAYLOR 96, TEXAS TECH 37: Kalani Brown dominated inside with 23 points on nine layups - five of which became three-point plays - and the Bears (19-1, 9-0 Big 12) routed the Raiders (10-11, 1-9) in Waco, Texas, for their 32nd consecutive conference win.

The Wolfpack delivered a near-historic offensive output in Saturday's loss. The Wolfpack scored the fewest points by a ranked team in the shot clock era.

N.C. State's scoring futility - the by-product of an ACC all-time worst 16.7 percent shooting from the floor (9 of 54) and 7.1 percent from 3-point range (2 of 28) - marked the first time Tech (18-3, 7-2 ACC) gave up fewer than 30 points since January 9, 1959, when the Hokies defeated Washington & Lee 105-24. Devon Daniels added 10 points, three assists and two rebounds.

By halftime, VT led 20-14. It was N.C. State's lowest total since it beat Duke 12-10 in the 1968 ACC Tournament - back then, underdog teams often used stalls, hoping to keep close.

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The Hokies didn't need Robinson.

And it's not like Virginia Tech was on fire either, but to be fair, it doesn't take much to be better than the way N.C. State played.

And when Jericole Hellems scored on a layup with 9:04 left in the first half, the Hokies led just 5-4. Saturday's output wasn't the worst in the shot clock era.

"As hard as it is and as frustrating as this loss is, we have to be able to move on from it", forward Wyatt Walker said.

"I was thinking the whole time: 'OK, we're not shooting it well but our defense is staying there and we're going to start making shots eventually, '" Walker said, "and it never happened for us tonight". "But I think each and every person stepped up".

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