NCAA Game Summary - UNC-Asheville at North Carolina State
(Friday, November 23rd)
Final Score: (16) North Carolina State 82, UNC-Asheville 80
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Richard Howell hit a go-ahead bucket late, then
sank two free throws in the final seconds, the last of his 23 points, as No.
16 North Carolina State escaped with an 82-80 victory over UNC-Asheville at
Howell added a game-best 15 rebounds and Lorenzo Brown totaled 18 points for
the Wolfpack (4-1), who recovered from a four-point loss to Oklahoma State
"First thing I would say is that I learned a long time ago, I like winning
a whole lot more than losing," said NC State head coach Mark Gottfried. "We
are happy about that. I am certainly not happy with the way we played. I
thought the second half we competed really hard. Richard Howell absolutely
played his tail off."
Jeremy Atkinson's game-high 28 points weren't enough for the Bulldogs (1-5),
losers of five straight since a season-opening win against Western Carolina.
Keith Hornsby had 23 points, thanks to 4-of-6 shooting beyond the arc, in the
Howell's layup and free throw finally put NC State back on top by a 71-69
count as the clock ticked down to the three-minute mark in regulation. A Scott
Wood make pushed the advantage to four before Trent Meyer's three made it a
Wood countered with a triple and Brown added two from the line, then Howell
made the second of two free throws for a 79-72 game inside of 30 seconds to
play. But Hornsby connected from long distance, then Brown made 1-of-2 at the
charity stripe ahead of a three-point play from Hornsby that drew UNCA to
80-78 with 17 seconds left.
Howell followed by sinking his next two foul shots for a four-point edge with
five ticks left, and a Sam Hughes layup as time ran out was the Bulldogs' only
"We let this one get away, not because of one play, we just let it get away,
admitted UNC-Asheville head coach Eddie Biedenbach. "We missed a couple of
layups in the open field. They hurt us. We just let it get away. Not that this
should have been an easy win for us or anything, against a pretty good NC
State team on the road."
The visitors scored the game's first six points, and led 9-3 with 3 1/2
Howell's dunk later knotted the score at 22-22, but UNCA ripped off a 15-8 run
-- as Hornsby and Atkinson hit back-to-back buckets to ignite the spurt -- and
went up 37-30 after Atkinson's triple, which was the last of three consecutive
It was 37-34 for UNCA at the break.
Hornsby's long-range bucket gave the Bulldogs a 55-50 edge with just over
seven minutes gone in the second half, and Atkinson's successful shot with 8
1/2 to play made it 64-57 for the visitors.
Howell's lay-in capped a short burst for the hosts which forged a 66-66
deadlock, then Atkinson's hoop and foul shot pushed UNCA back up by three.
NC State will take on Michigan in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday ... The
Wolfpack have won all 18 meetings against their in-state rival ... C.J. Leslie
picked up 14 points and 11 boards for the Wolfpack, who also recorded five
steals and four blocks as a team.
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