On the surface, its pretty easy to suggest the reason North Carolina State lost 58-55 at Virginia on Tuesday night was because it lost point guard Lorenzo Brown for the game with an ankle injury midway through the first half.
After all, the junior playmaker has been the Wolfpacks best player and was off to a solid start against the Cavaliers. But even without Brown, the Wolfpack are more talented than Virginia, and with a McDonalds All-American serving as Browns backup, N.C. State still should have been in decent shape.
But it wasnt.
Tyler Lewis was okay, but he could have been better in his 15 minutes on the floor. He finished with 3 points and two assists, converting 1-of-3 field goal attempts. But the offense didnt run with much fluidity under his guidance, though it was smoother than when starting shooting guard Rodney Purvis ran things.
The No. 18 Wolfpack led 12-7 with 10:38 left in the half when Purvis went down and Pack led 31-24 at the half. But they were outscored 3...