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NC State defeats UConn 69-65 in Jimmy V Classic

Posted December 4, 2012

Final: NC State fought back to take the lead just before halftime and continued to fight til the end of the 69-65 win over UConn.


Preview: The NC State Wolfpack and Connecticut Huskies will close out play in the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday evening at Madison Square Garden.

Connecticut has gotten off to a fast start under first-year head coach Kevin Ollie. The Huskies have won six of their first seven games with the lone loss coming against New Mexico in the Paradise Jam Tournament title game (66-60). UConn has bounced back with back-to-back home wins over Stony Brook (73-62) and New Hampshire (61-53). UConn is making its first-ever appearance in this event. Jim Valvano was an assistant at Connecticut (1970-71).

NC State is obviously closely tied to the late Valvano, its head coach from 1981-90. Mark Gottfried's Wolfpack entered the 2012-13 season with a great deal of hype. The team has not exactly lived up to all the talk though, with a 4-2 record in the early going. The team has lost two of its last three games after three straight wins to open the year, including a 79-72 road loss at No. 3 Michigan last week in ACC/Big Ten Challenge action.

This is the fifth meeting between these two teams, with the series knotted at 2-2.

Although the Wolfpack dropped a seven-point loss to the Wolverines, NC State needed a 10-0 run late in the second half to make it look closer than it really was. NC State lost the game despite shooting a scorching 57.1 percent from the floor and four of the five starters finishing in the double figures. T.J. Warren led the way in defeat with 18 points. C.J. Leslie followed with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Richard Howell and Scott Wood checked in with 12 and 10 points, respectively. Point guard Lorenzo Brown scored just six points, but did dole out a team-high 10 assists.

One of the nation's top offensive teams in the nation, NC State is averaging 78.8 ppg, while ranking third nationally in field goal percentage at .525. The scoring pool is very deep in Raleigh, with six players currently averaging double figures. Warren leads the way with 15.3 ppg. Howell is a close second (14.2 ppg), while pacing the team in rebounding (7.8 rpg). Leslie (11.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg) is also a dominant frontcourt performer, while Wood (10.5 ppg), Brown (10.5 ppg. 7.0 apg) and Rodney Purvis (10.0 ppg) complete the scoring deluge.

The Huskies aren't as offensively potent as NC State at a modest 70.4 ppg, but UConn does possess a dynamic scorer in Shabazz Napier. The sophomore guard is shooting only .433 from the floor, but is still putting up a hefty 18.6 ppg. Ryan Boatright and Omar Calhoun add to the backcourt depth with 13.7 and 10.9 ppg, respectively. DeAndre Daniels (8.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg) is the top performer in the frontcourt.

Boatright led the way in the win over New Hampshire last week, netting 19 points, shooting 5-of-10 from the floor and 9-of-11 from the free-throw line. Calhoun poured in 16 points, while Daniels finished with seven points and 10 rebounds. Napier didn't have a great game though, hitting just 2-of-9 shots from the field and finishing the game with a mere five points.

NC State will start playing up to its potential at some point this season. UConn won't make it easy on the Wolfpack, but on the big stage on Tuesday, expect NC State's depth to be the difference.

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  • cmmsbft Dec 4, 10:48 p.m.

    This is a must win for state college.

    — Posted by PacknoPride

    State College is located in PA...Fool !

    — Posted by kkevin7048

    ...Don't be so hard on PacknoPride. He is trying but still hasn't posted anything intelligible in 820 trys.

  • kkevin7048 Dec 4, 10:37 p.m.

    This is a must win for state college.

    — Posted by PacknoPride

    State College is located in PA...Fool !

  • cmmsbft Dec 4, 10:28 p.m.

    I am predicting state will be up at halftime...

  • RD n NC Dec 4, 10:05 p.m.

    OVER RATED !!!!!!!!!!!!!! OVER RATED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Watch the game and you will see ... View More

    — Posted by 1TARHEEL

    Since you are a CAROLINA FAN you should know about being over rated.

    Because every single year... View More

    — Posted by FordMan

    You could not have said he was right anymore than you just did.

  • cmmsbft Dec 4, 9:59 p.m.

    Why is it that WRAL never posts tip-off of kick off times in these articles. Do you purposely... View More

    — Posted by bobeugene4

    ...Sorry, but you are a pure bonehead for even posting that. Try posting something related to the article.

  • richnbeccawood2 Dec 4, 8:59 p.m.

    i respect the pack more than unc but i think uconn will knock em off

  • FordMan Dec 4, 8:21 p.m.

    OVER RATED !!!!!!!!!!!!!! OVER RATED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Watch the game and you will see ... View More

    — Posted by 1TARHEEL

    Since you are a CAROLINA FAN you should know about being over rated.

    Because every single year Carolina is over rated. So you should know about what over rated means. They always ranked Carolina in the top 10. They can lose all 5 starters and the next year ranked in the top 10 or top 5 . What a joke . Over rated Carolina. If you want to talk about a team being over rated talk about your own team.

  • notthemama Dec 4, 8:08 p.m.

    Pack by 12

  • shakennotstirred Dec 4, 7:45 p.m.

    Why is it that WRAL never posts tip-off of kick off times in these articles. Do you purposely... View More

    — Posted by bobeugene4

    EXACTLY!!! (er...you could have posted that, too). 9:00 on ESPN...

  • bobeugene4 Dec 4, 7:28 p.m.

    Why is it that WRAL never posts tip-off of kick off times in these articles. Do you purposely make us chase it down on other pages so we can see more advertising?? It's an easy phrase into the lead of this whole article. Amateurs.

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