N.C. State goes long to take out Cavs, 92-72

Wolfpack shoots 13-for-18 from three-point range, faces Terps in semifinal

College Basketball

March 09, 2002|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Any chance for the Atlantic Coast Conference to get a fifth team in next week's NCAA tournament may have gone down yesterday in the the procession of long-range jump shots made by North Carolina State.

The Wolfpack (21-9) hit 9 of 10 three-point tries during the second half of its 92-72 quarterfinal win over Virginia (17-11) that sent them into today's semifinal against Maryland and may well have doomed the Cavaliers' chances of making the NCAAs.

Senior guard Anthony Grundy, who made the All-ACC first team earlier this week, led the Wolfpack (21-9) with a game-high 32 points. Finding themselves open, Ilian Evtimov and Archie Miller also hit three three-pointers apiece in the second half for N.C. State. The Wolfpack shot 60.4 percent from the field against Virginia, which has been dogged by defensive troubles.

For the game, N.C. State hit 13 of 18 of its three-point attempts.

"That makes things a lot easier for us," said the N.C. State coach Herb Sendek. "Can't remember too many teams making 13 of 18 threes. We really capitalized when we had open shots."

The National Invitation Tournament seems likely for the Cavaliers, a team that spent much of the early season ranked near the top of the national polls but could not back up the hype in ACC play, where it was 7-9.

An upset of No. 3 Duke injected Virginia with hope for making the NCAAs, but next came a lukewarm effort at Maryland last Sunday, keeping the team firmly on the bubble.

After Virginia's 11th straight postseason loss, coach Pete Gillen said he hoped that the team's No. 43 power rating helps his team when bids are announced tomorrow, but he also said, "Today was a big day for us."

"It is very frustrating," he said. "We worked hard for three days [in practice]. We played harder in the practice than we did in the game."

Roger Mason Jr., who led the Cavaliers with 24 points, kept his team in the hunt early by scoring 14 points in the game's first 11 minutes, including a lay-in for a 22-21 lead at the 9:06 mark.

N.C. State shot 56 percent in the first half and also out-rebounded Virginia 19-12, scoring nine points off six offensive rebounds.

A layup by Clifford Crawford at 4:25 capped a 7-0 Wolfpack run, giving his team a 34-27 lead. Grundy's jumper with nine seconds left put N.C. State up 42-35 heading into the break.

VIRGINIA-Hall 4-9 2-2 10, Williams 5-9 3-4 16, Watson 3-5 2-5 8, Jenifer 2-5 1-4 5, Mason 7-16 7-9 24, Dowling 0-1 0-0 0, Harper 1-2 0-0 3, Rogers 0-1 0-0 0, Clark 0-0 0-0 0, Brown 3-4 0-1 6. Totals 25-52 15-25 72. NORTH CAROLINA STATE-Hodge 3-6 6-8 12, Powell 0-1 1-2 1, Melvin 2-3 3-4 8, Grundy 11-16 6-6 32, Miller 5-8 2-2 16, Evtimov 5-8 1-2 15, Sherrill 1-1 0-0 2, Crawford 2-5 2-2 6, Collins 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-48 21-26 92. Halftime-North Carolina State 42-35. 3-point goals-Virginia 7-15 (Hall 0-2, Williams 3-3, Mason 3-8, Harper 1-2), NC State 13-18 (Hodge 0-1, Melvin 1-1, Grundy 4-6, Miller 4-4, Evtimov 4-5, Crawford 0-1). Fouled out- none. Rebounds-Virginia 23 (Williams 6), NC State 32 (Melvin 8). Assists-Virginia 17(Williams 5), NC State 20 (Hodge 5). Total fouls-Virginia 22, NC State 23. A-23,895.

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