N.C. State 85, Asheville 75

This one was almost over as soon as it began.

N.C. State jumped out quickly to a 15-5 lead and never looked back.  Simply put, the Bulldogs made too many turnovers and too many fouls to stay competitive in this game despite outscoring the Wolfpack in the second half.  Asheville shot only 29% from the field in the first half and 40% from the field in the second half.  The threes didn’t fall, either.  Despite Quinard Jackson having hte shooting game of his life and going 2-2 from 3 point land, J.P. Primm had trouble all night, going only 1-7 from behind the arc.  State’s size advantage also showed, with the Wolfpack outrebounding the Bulldogs 50-36.  Asheville also only had 10 assists the whole game, demonstrating sloppy, uncoordinated offense and the tenacity of a rejuvenated N.C. State program.

It wasn’t all gloom and doom though.  Once Asheville got their legs under them in the late first half they kept it close, cutting the lead to 6 before losing by 9 to an ACC team that should be fairly good this year.  Keith Hornsby saw his first action as a Bulldog, going 1-2 with a clutch three that stemmed a State run, while Jeremy Atkinson increased his offensive output scoring 11 points and going 2-3 from beyond the arc.

the road doesn’t get tougher from here, folks.  Asheville is home today getting ready for tomorrow’s game against the number 1 team in the country.  North Carolina made it look relatively easy against Michigan State and Asheville is going to have to hope that the jet lag and drowsiness will hamper the Tar Heels tomorrow.  Still, these two games have a purpose: getting the Bulldogs ready for conference play and (hopefully) March Madness.

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