NC State locker room report
DURHAM - NC State played its hearts out in the second half, but Duke's first-half lead proved too difficult to overcome Thursday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
NC State shot a blistering 65.5 percent in the second half, led by senior center Richard Howell, who had 23 points and nine rebounds before fouling out in the 98-85 loss.
NCSU coach Mark Gottfried challenged the players at halftime to get tougher, and the players responded.
Click below to listen to Gottfried's press conference and senior wing Scott Wood's interview following the game: