As N.C. State head coach Mark Gottfried said, Duke vs. the Wolfpack was "a grown-man's game. Credit: CHUCK LIDDY
RALEIGH—Duke didn’t play bad in its 84-76 loss at N.C. State. The Wolfpack simply played better.
“They played a heck of a game,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said of the Wolfpack. “We fought like crazy throughout the game and gave ourselves a chance to win. State played outstanding basketball.”
Lorenzo Brown and Richard Howell drew extra praise from Krzyzewski, as he said both were among the best in the country at their positions. Both were able to win their individual matchups with Quinn Cook and Mason Plumlee, two of Duke’s top performers this year. Here’s a closer look at how each individual matchup played out.
Quinn Cook (6-1, 175) vs. Lorenzo Brown (6-5, 186)
N.C. State scored 22 fast-break points, and that, in Krzyzewski’s mind, was the difference in the game.