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.
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Click below to listen to Gottfried's press conference and senior wing Scott Wood's interview following the game: