Lorenzo Brown wasn't supposed to play against CB Torrejon on Tuesday. The Spanish pro team probably wishes the junior point guard didn't.
Brown scored 25 points to lead the Wolfpack to an 83-76 win over Torrejon in the first of five games on their 10-day trip to Spain.
Brown had minor knee surgery on June 26 and coach Mark Gottfried said before the trip they would be "cautious" with Brown.
Brown came off the bench to score a team-best 25 points. His dunk at the end of the third quarter gave the Pack a 72-57 lead.
State led by six at the half, and by as many as 15 in the fourth quarter, before the Spanish pro club cut the score to 80-74 in the final minute.
"It was a good game for our guys," Gottfried said in the post-game radio broadcast. "I thought early in the game, we weren't moving our feet real well and got ourselves into trouble defensively."
Gottfried said a zone defense helped the Pack take control of the game after trailing 23-21 at the end of the first quarter.
"I liked our defense a little bit more in the second and third quarters," Gottfried said. "That was probably the key to us tonight."
Gottfried praised the play of freshmen Tyler Lewis and T.J. Warren, who both started — along with Scott Wood, Thomas de Thaey and Jordan Vandenberg.
Warren had 20 points, including seven of the team's first nine, while Wood, a senior, added 21.
"He has a nose for the ball and finds ways to get the ball in the basket," Gottfried said of Warren, the 6-8 forward from Durham.
Gottfried said also commented on the absence of freshman guard Rodney Purvis, who has not been cleared academically by the NCAA.
"I hate that he's not here, I just feel terrible for him because he's a young guy that I think has worked really hard," Gottfried said. "Academically, he has done everything that he has been asked to do."
Purvis' high school, the Upper Room Christian Academy in Raleigh, is under an extended review by the NCAA. Gottfried said the decision was in the hands of the NCAA.
"Our staff at N.C. State has done a great job, I think the high school is doing a great job," Gottfried said. "I think now, you're just at a point where they have to sort through everything and make a determination."
N.C. State will play Torrejon again on Wednesday at noon Eastern time.