Saturday, January 19, 2008

Grant leads Wolfpack by example

N.C. State forward Gavin Grant is building a reputation as one of the best clutch players in the ACC.
Grant made free throws in the closing seconds against Villanova and Davidson this season to give the Wolfpack two of its best nonconference wins. His steal of Anthony King’s inbounds pass for a winning layup during Saturday night’s 79-77 decision against No. 21 Miami provided one of the most stunning finishes in any game in the nation this season.
Seconds earlier, N.C. State’s J.J. Hickson had tipped in a tying basket in overtime. King, a senior from Durham, apparently didn’t see Grant and threw the ensuing inbounds pass directly to him.
During its struggles this season, N.C. State often has appeared rudderless because of its inexperience at point guard. Some have looked for Grant, a senior, to provide more leadership.
If you look at the important closing sequences, though, you see Grant making all the big plays that matter. That’s what a senior is supposed to do. -- KEN TYSIAC


Anonymous said...

Your "unbiased" sports coverage is a joke. The pack had a thrilling victory last night over a ranked team and yet the only mention of it is a 2 sentence blurb in a blog? You people need to learn how to cover all the big teams in the area and not just the ones you root deem to be important.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to hear a response to that Ken. As a loyal reader of your newspaper, your slanted coverage has become tiresome. Including this blantant snub, there were two other instances of clear bias against NC State in the last two days alone. All we ask if for fair and balanced coverage.