Ralston Turner carries NC State to stunning win over Maryland

Ralston Turner carries NC State to stunning win over Maryland
January 20, 2014, 11:30 pm
(Ellen Ozier-USA TODAY Sports)

When news came down shortly before tip-off on Monday night that the ACC’s leading scorer, NC State sophomore T.J. Warren, had been ruled out vs. Maryland after spraining his ankle over the weekend, that should have been Maryland’s moment.

Warren’s absence statistically robbed the Wolfpack of 31 percent of their offense, even before stepping on the floor for the 9 p.m. start.

But even so, Maryland struggled to find its own groove offensively until late in the first half, then slowed to a crawl again in the second half in a stunning 65-56 loss to NC State at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.

LSU transfer Ralston Turner scored 23 points and added seven rebounds for NC State, compensating for the loss of Warren to help the Wolfpack improve to 2-4 in ACC play while Maryland falls to an even 3-3.

Read more below.

FINAL

NC State 65, Maryland 56

HEADLINES

WARREN RULED OUT

News came shortly before tip-off on Monday night that NC State leading scorer T.J. Warren had been ruled out with an ankle injury that he suffered toward the end of the Wolfpack’s 95-60 loss to Duke on Saturday.

He did not practice on Sunday and the NC State offense struggled out of the gate in his absence. After getting out to a 7-0 start, the Wolfpack failed to score a field goal for the next 9:07 of game time.

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HOW THE TABLES HAVE TURNERED

Ralston Turner came alive in the second half when NC State needed an offensive spark, scoring 19 of his game-high 23 points in the final 20 minutes. That powered the Wolfpack to outscore Maryland, 45-27, and erase a nine-point Terrapin halftime lead.

Turner was 5-of-9 from behind the arc in that second half after going 0-of-6 from deep in the first.

CORE OFFENSIVE GROUP STRUGGLES

Roddy Peters, Jake Layman, Seth Allen, Nick Faust, and Dez Wells combined to shoot 8-of-42 from the floor on Monday night. Wells was the only one of that group who got to the free-throw line, hitting 5-of-6 from the stripe.

It’s worth noting that there was a disparity in fouls called against each team, with Maryland amassing 23 team fouls, while NC State had just 13.

CHARLES MITCHELL DOES WORK ON GLASS

Charles Mitchell was one of the lone bright spots for the Terrapins on Monday night, scoring eight points and grabbing a monstrous 18 rebounds. Of those 18, nine were on the offensive glass.