Men's Basketball Falls Short At Oregon State
Dec. 19, 2007
Junior forward Jabril Banks once again led the Bears, scoring 17 on 6-of-9 shooting from the field and for the second straight game, posted a perfect night at the free throw line, this time going 5-for-5. Banks has now made 11 free throws in a row.
Senior guard Sean Taibi, in just his second game back after suffering a knee injury and missing four games, was the only other Bear in double figures in scoring, notching 12. Sophomore forward Jefferson Mason also chipped in eight points and led the team with six rebounds and five assists, while Banks tallied two blocks for NC.
"I am proud of how we fought back to take the lead in the second half," said head coach Tad Boyle. "We've got to get somebody going other than Jabril. Sean showed it in the second half, so hopefully he keeps that going."
OSU shot .391 from the field and just .235 from beyond the arc and .538 from the charity stripe but committed just nine turnovers, compared to 20 for
"This was a winnable game," continued Boyle. "It would have been a signature win for our program, but we couldn't hang on to the lead."
The Bears trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, but closed the gap using a 10-0 run midway through the second half, taking a 52-47 lead.
NC concludes the four game road trip at