Duke Puts Away NC State in 2nd Half: Box Score of the Day

    
January 21st, 2009

CHN now features a live scoreboard, stats, standings, etc.. here. Occasionally, we'll be featuring a box score of the day, with some commentary on why the box score is interesting. It might be involve a huge upset, a big personal effort, some odd statistical occurrences, or other intriguing tidbit.

 

Box Score of the Day:

Today's pick is.. Duke's come from behind win over NC State.

 

Duke 73-NC State 56 seem innocuous enough. Duke is after all the #2 team in the country.. and NC State is completely mediocre at this point. So why is this the Box of the Day? For a few reasons:

 

The big thing to note is the half-time score. NC State 26- Duke 22. Poor, offensively sluggish first halves are becoming a problematic trend for the Blue Devils. It's one thing to be down 4 at the half on the road, it's another for a high-octane team to manage 22 points. Against FSU a couple weeks back, they only managed 19. At Georgia Tech, they at least put up 31, but barely held the lead. What's going to happen when Duke starts slowly against a legitimate ACC foes like Wake or UNC?

 

Next, look at NC State's turnovers. 19 is simply not going to cut it, and compared to only 8 for Duke, was the main reason the score here separated so quickly.  What's most peculiar about the 19 turnovers is how everyone got into the mix. Most of the time you'll see the feature guards with 4 or so TO's each, but here, 9 different guys managed to lose the ball. At least you can say it was a total team effort to lose.

 

Finally, note Gerald Henderson's solid 21 point, 7 rebound, 5 steal game. Even though almost all this production came in the 2nd half, it marked another solid overall stat-line for a player that is perhaps finally turning the corner. People have long seen the potential in Henderson's game, but the results have been spotty. Finally, in the last month or so, we've seen him develop a new level of consistency. 10 games in a row now scoring in double-digits. 6 of 8 over 19 points, and finally 2 of 3 over 20 points. It's about time.

 

 
Duke 73, N.C. State 56

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 8:00 PM

Location - Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, North Carolina
Officials - Robert Donato, Les Jones, Tony Greene
Attendance - 9314
Final Scoring Summary
Final 1 2 T
N.C. State 26 30 56
Duke 22 51 73
N.C. State Wolfpack
  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Ben McCauley 26:00 6-11 0-0 3-4 1 4 5 1 2 1 4 0 15
Courtney Fells 22:00 3-6 0-3 0-0 1 2 3 1 3 2 0 1 6
Brandon Costner 30:00 5-10 3-4 2-2 1 4 5 1 3 1 2 0 15
Farnold Degand 21:00 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 4 4 0 6 0 2
C.J. Williams 19:00 1-4 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 2 2
Julius Mays 13:00 2-4 0-1 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 4
Trevor Ferguson 23:00 1-2 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 2
Dennis Horner 10:00 0-3 0-1 0-0 1 3 4 1 0 0 1 1 0
Javier Gonzalez 6:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
Tracy Smith 14:00 3-6 0-0 2-5 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 8
Johnny Thomas 16:00 1-3 0-1 0-0 4 2 6 0 1 0 1 0 2
TOTAL 200 23-51 3-14 7-11 11 20 31 12 16 5 19 4 56
    45.1% 21.4% 63.6% Team Rebs: 5   Total TO: 19
Duke Blue Devils
  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Kyle Singler 29:00 6-10 3-4 2-2 2 2 4 1 4 3 0 0 17
Nolan Smith 29:00 4-10 2-4 3-5 1 0 1 0 2 1 2 0 13
Brian Zoubek 16:00 2-6 0-0 0-0 0 4 4 1 1 0 0 0 4
Gerald Henderson 36:00 10-16 0-0 1-2 3 4 7 4 1 5 2 1 21
Jon Scheyer 30:00 1-6 1-4 0-0 1 2 3 4 1 0 3 0 3
Greg Paulus 17:00 3-5 1-2 2-2 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 9
David McClure 22:00 2-3 0-0 0-1 0 3 3 3 2 2 0 1 4
Miles Plumlee 3:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Lance Thomas 15:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2
Martynas Pocius 3:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 29-57 7-14 8-12 9 15 24 14 13 12 8 2 73
    50.9% 50.0% 66.7% Team Rebs: 1   Total TO: 8

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