NC State vs. St. Bonaventure
This is the third meeting between NC State and St. Bonaventure.
The series tied 1-1 after C.J. Leslie’s acrobatic layup with 0.6 left gave the Wolfpack a 67-65 victory over St. Bonaventure on the road at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y., last season.
C.J. Williams, a former high school quarterback, inbounded the ball from the Bonnies’ end line. Williams’ pass traveled the length of the court and into Leslie’s hands to the left of the Pack’s basket.
He then spun, flipped the ball up and over a defender. The ball danced around the rim before falling through for the winning basket.
Scott Wood scored a season-high 20 points to lead the Wolfpack and Leslie had 12.
The other meeting between the two programs occurred in the first round of the 1970 NCAA Tournament with St. Bonaventure coming away with an 80-68 victory.
No Home Court Advantage
This is the first meeting between NC State and St. Bonaventure that has taken place on either of the two teams’ home court.
The first meeting between the two schools occurred in Columbia, S.C., in the opening round in the NCAA Tournament.
Last year’s game, while played in upstate New York, was contested in Rochester at Blue Cross Arena, which is approximately 83 miles from the St. Bonaventure campus in Olean, N.Y., was considered a neutral site game.
NC State vs. The Atlantic-10
All time, the Wolfpack is 55-18 versus the Atlantic 10 Conference.
In addition to St. Bonaventure, NC State has faced A-10 members Charlotte, Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, George Washington, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Richmond, St. Joseph’s and Temple.
The Wolfpack has already faced one A-10 member this season, defeating Massachusetts, 94-76, at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Nov. 16.
Gottfried Versus St. Bonaventure
NC State coach Mark Gottfried is 2-0 against the Bonnies after last year’s thrilling 67-65 victory.
Gottfried’s first meeting with St. Bonaventure occurred as the head coach at Alabama during the 2002-03 season.
Gottfried’s third-ranked Crimson Tide squad posted a 77-68 victory over the Bonnies in Tuscaloosa.
Lutz Knows St. Bonaventure
Wolfpack assistant coach Bobby Lutz is familar with coaching against St. Bonaventure from his time as head coach at Charlotte. Lutz owns a 5-3 mark in games coached against the Bonnies.
Home for the Holidays
Saturday’s St. Bonaventure game is the fourth game of a six-game December homestand for NC State.
The Pack is 3-0 on the homestand following its 88-79 win over Stanford Tuesday. NC State also has an 80-63 victory over Cleveland State at Reynolds Coliseum on Dec. 8, in its only appearance at the historic venue this season and an 84-62 win over Norfolk State on Dec. 15.
Saturday’s game with St. Bonaventure is the Pack’s final game before a break for Christmas.
The Pack then closes out the year by entertaining Western Michigan on Dec. 29 and facing UNC Greensboro on New Year’s Eve.
The game time for NC State’s Dec. 31 home contest with UNC Greensboro has been changed to 5 p.m. The game originally had been slated for a 1 p.m., tip.
The time change was made to allow Wolfpack fans locally and across the nation to support the football team as it takes on Vanderbilt in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, followed by the basketball contest later that afternoon. Both events will be broadcast on the NC State Radio network. The Wolfpack football game is set to air on ESPN at noon and the men’s basketball contest will be on ESPNU.
Richard Howell has had double-digit points and rebounds in each of his last four games and in five of the Wolfpack’s last six contests. He has a total of six in the Wolfpack’s first nine games this season.
He now has 19 career double-doubles, which is the most for any Wolfpack player since forward Kenny Inge recorded 23 double-doubles from 1998-2001. Inge had 11 double-doubles as a freshman in 1997-98, while center J.J. Hickson had 10 in 2007-08, his only season with the Wolfpack. Howell and Hickson both attended Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga.
Howell is averaging 14.4 points and 9.8 rebounds this season, and is looking to become the first Wolfpack player since Kenny Carr, who averaged 10.3 boards per game in 1975-76, to average double-digit rebounds. Last season, Howell averaged 9.2 rebounds per game, the most of any Wolfpack player since Todd Fuller averaged 9.9 as a senior in 1995-96.
In his last four games, Howell has averaged 14.8 points and 14.0 rebounds.
Three former Wolfpack All-Americans – Ronnie Shavlik, John Richter and Tommy Burleson – averaged double-doubles in each of their three varsity seasons. All three are ranked in the top five of career rebounders. Shavlik owns the school record with 1,598 career boards, followed by Burleson with 1,066 and Richter with 936.
In its history, six NC State players have averaged double-doubles in their careers: Ronnie Shavlik (18.5 ppg, 16.8 rpg), Tommy Burleson (19.0 ppg, 12.7 rpg), John Richter (15.0 ppg, 12.6 rpg), Mel Thompson (16.2 ppg, 10.9 rpg), Bobby Speight (14.0 ppg, 10.4 rpg) and Pete Coker (14.1 ppg, 10.0 rpg).
Brown Shines Versus Stanford
Junior Lorenzo Brown showed why he’s one of the top guards in the country versus Stanford.
In the nationally televised contest, Brown scored a game-high 24 points, which tied his career best. He set the benchmark in an 87-81 victory over Campbell on Dec. 29, 2011.
His field goals made (9) tied his career high established versus Elon on Nov. 25, 2011 in an 82-67 win. His field goals attempted (15) was a season high.
Sharing The Wealth
The Pack has evenly shared the scoring load this season with five players averaging double figures.
The Pack is led by senior Richard Howell with an average of 14.4 points per contest. Freshman T.J. Warren is second on the team in scoring with an average of 13.5 ppg.
Junior C.J. Leslie is contributing 13.2 ppg, while junior Lorenzo Brown is averaging 12.9 ppg.
Senior Scott Wood is averaging 10.1 ppg, while freshman Rodney Purvis is only 0.7 from being in double figures with an average of 9.4 ppg.
NC State is one of three ACC schools with five players averaging in double figures. The others are Duke and Miami. Nationally, the Pack is one of seven teams with a quintet averaging double figures. Those schools include Detroit, Indiana, McNeese State and Oregon State.
The Freshman 20
In just 10 games this season, freshman forward T.J. Warren has already hit the 20-point mark on three occasions, becoming the Wolfpack’s first freshman since J.J. Hickson in 2007-08 to score 20 or more points multiple times in a season.
Hickson scored at least 20 points on seven occasions in his only season with the Pack, including 33 in his first game.
C.J. Leslie had a season-high 21 in his first game with the Wolfpack in 2010-11 and Scott Wood surpassed 20 once with his 31-point performance against Florida State in his inaugural season.
Brandon Costner had nine 20-point performances as a redshirt freshman in 2006-07.
Head Of The Freshman Class
T.J. Warren is the ACC’s leading freshman scorer with an average of 13.5 points per game.
He owns the top two scoring games in the conference among freshmen this year with 22 against Penn State (tied with BC’s Oliver Hanlon, who also had 22 versus Penn State) and 21 versus Massachusetts and Norfolk State.
A team-best four times, Warren has led the Pack in scoring with three of those performances coming in a reserve role.
Warren Named ACC Rookie of the Week
NC State’s T.J. Warren has been selected the conference’s Rookie of the Week the conference office announced on Monday.
In being named ACC Rookie of the Week for the second time this season, Warren came off the bench to score a game-high 21 points, leading NC State to a 84-62 win over Norfolk State Saturday.
The Durham, N.C., forward was 9-for-11 from the floor (.818), including hitting 2-for-2 from 3-point range for his best shooting performance of the season. In addition to leading the Wolfpack in scoring for the fourth time this season, he also pulled down five rebounds and had two steals in 28 minutes of action.
On the year, Warren leads all ACC freshmen in scoring (13.5) and is shooting .682 from the field, which leads the ACC and ranks fifth nationally.
The Higher, The Better
In all of the Wolfpack’s wins, it is averaging 83.2 points per game and shooting .550 (243-442) from the field.
Twice NC State has topped the 90-point barrier, scoring a season-high 97 points in the opener versus Miami of Ohio and posting 94 against UMass in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
In its Miami victory, the Pack shot a season best .614 (35-of-57) from the floor.
In its two losses, NC State is averaging 64.0 points per game and shooting .458 (54-of-118) from the field.
In eight of its 10 contests this season, the Wolfpack has shot .500 or better from the floor.
NC State’s .530 field goal percentage leads the nation.
The Pack has outscored its opposition, 414-299, in the paint this season. That’s 41.4 points per game for NC State coming off of shots around the rim, while its opponents are scoring 29.9 points a contest in the lane, giving the Pack a 11.5-point advantage.
That equates to .521 of the Wolfpack’s scoring production coming from in the post, compared to .430 of the scoring output for its opponents’ post players.
Freshman T.J. Warren and senior Richard Howell are one and two in the ACC statistics in field goal percentage.
Warren is connecting on .682 of his shots from the floor, which is fifth nationally. Howell’s .675 field goal percentage is tied for the seventh-best nationally.
The last Wolfpack freshman to lead the ACC in field goal percentage was J.J. Hickson, who shot .591 for the 2007-08 season. The duo are the only teammates that rank in the top 10 nationally in shooting percentage.
Lending A Helping Hand
Twice this season, junior Lorenzo Brown has recorded double digits in assists, versus Michigan and Massachusetts.
All of last season, Brown had two peformances with 10 or more assists, including a career-best 13 in the Pack’s loss to Syracuse. Against the Orange, he also registered his first career double-double, adding 10 points.
Against UMass this year, Brown posted his second career double-double by scoring 11 points to go with his assist tally.
Brown, who is third in the ACC in assists per game at 5.9, is the conference’s active leader for double-digit assist games with three.
Chairmen Of The Boards
Senior Richard Howell and junior C.J. Leslie are the only teammates on the ACC list of career double-digit rebound games.
Howell is second among active players with 29 10-plus rebound contests, while Leslie is fifth with 17.
Howell is also second in the league for career rebounds with 773 and Leslie is sixth with 540h.
Howell’s rebounding total ties him for 12th all-time in program history with Julius Hodge.
On The Break
One of the points of emphasis in NC State’s offensive style is to score points in transition. This season, the Pack has outscored its opponents, 185-67, on fastbreak points.
Through its 10 games, NC State is averaging 18.5 points per game on the fastbreak, compared to 6.7 points per contest for its competition.
In The Rankings
NC State has been ranked in the Associated Press poll since the preseason, opening the year at No. 6.
The Pack currently is ranked 25th in the AP poll, marking the seventh straight week it has been ranked.
It is the longest stretch that NC State has been ranked by AP since spending 15 weeks in the poll during the 2005-06 season.