Dec 22, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. —
FINAL: NC State 92, St. Bonaventure 73
The game was never in doubt in the second half as NC State rolled to an easy home win against St. Bonaventure.
CJ Leslie finished with a career best 33 points and added eight rebounds. Scott Wood hit five 3-pointers in a 23-point effort. Lorenzo Brown scored seven and tallied 11 assists. TJ Warren had a productive day off the bench scoring 13 and grabbing seven boards in extended minutes.
3:41 2nd: NC State 81, Bonnies 65
CJ Leslie has set a career high with 27 points but a few turnovers have allowed the Bonnies to get back under the 20-point bar late in the game.
Richard Howell had a tough day fouling out with zero points. It was the first time Howell played and did not score since Jan. 25, 2011 against Clemson.
7:59 2nd: NC State 76, Bonnies 53
TJ Warren's good game continues as he is up to 13 points off the bench and has added seven rebounds while playing extra minutes due to Howell's foul issues.
11:15 2nd: NC State 67, Bonnies 48
Scott Wood is 5-for-5 from three-point range and has a game-high 23 points as the Pack are in control with a 19-point lead on St. Bonaventure.
In all, Wood is 8-for-8 from the field and 2-for-2 at the line. Leslie has 22 points - 10 off free throws. Howell has picked up his fourth foul and has still not scored.
15:58 2nd: NC State 56, Bonnies 39
A Rodney Purvis three-pointer was enough for the Bonnies to once again call a timeout ahead of an impending media break as the Pack lead has reached 17 points.
Richard Howell has committed three fouls and is yet to score, but the rest of the team is playing strong. Brown is up to 10 assists.
HALF: NC State 44, St. Bonaventure 33
CJ Leslie leads all scorers with 18 points, including 8-for-10 from the free throw line and NC State is taking an 11-point lead into half against St. Bonaventure.
Scott Wood appears fine after getting his ankle taped earlt and has 12 points. TJ Warren has six of the bench and Lorenzo Brown has seven assists. Leslie has also pulled down seven rebounds as he appears to be on his way to a double-double.
3:47 1st: NC State 36, Bonnie 22
A 10-2 run by NC State has them out in front by 14 points and the Bonnies are not going to wait for the TV timeout, they call one of their own.
CJ Leslie is taking the game over with 16 points and five rebounds already. Lorenzo Brown's assist total is up to six.
7:23 1st: NC State 21, Bonnies 18
The Pack's 7-point lead was trimmed to just one after an Eric Mosley three, but TJ Warren's four points off the bench have helped NC State stay in front at the under-8.
11:55 1st: NC State 17, Bonnies 10
Lorenzo Brown is playing director for the Pack with three rebounds and three assists. That has helped CJ Leslie score seven points and Richard Howell add six.
Bonnies having trouble with NC State inside. Gottfried going bis as evidenced by Vandenberg getting early minutes.
15:42 1st: NC State 9, Bonnie 4
CJ Leslie is providing the offense early for the Pack as they lead by five at the first media timeout. He has five of the first nine points and will go to the line after the timeout.
Richard Howell has been active on defense with a rebound, block and steal already. Scott Wood went to the bench in the first couple minutes and was getting his ankle taped.
20:00 1st: NC State vs. Bonnies
Starters for NC State: Brown, Wood, Purvis, Leslie, Howell. Warren will again be the 6th man.
The 25th-ranked NC State Wolfpack continue an extended homestand to close out the 2012 calendar year, as they welcome the surging St. Bonaventure Bonnies to PNC Arena for a non-conference matchup on Saturday.
Mark Gottfried's Wolfpack came into the season with plenty of hype and visions of an ACC crown. NC State has played well for the most part with wins in eight of its first 10 games. The losses came to a pair of current top-25 programs in Oklahoma State and Michigan, but since the setback to the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, the Wolfpack has strung together four straight wins, including Tuesday's 88-79 victory over Stanford. NC State will close out the 2012 portion of its schedule with games against Western Michigan and UNC Greensboro in Raleigh.
Mark Schmidt's Bonnies are a solid 7-3 on the season, and come into this contest red-hot following back-to-back routs of Cleveland State (87-53) and the Citadel (97-57). It marks the first time that St. Bonaventure has posted 30-plus point victories in consecutive games since the 1969-70 campaign. The Bonnies are seeking their best start (8-3) since 2001-02.
This is just the third meeting between these two teams. St. Bonaventure won the first-ever meeting in the 1970 NCAA Tournament (80-68), en route to the Final Four. NC State tied things up last season, 67-65 in Rochester.
St. Bonaventure displayed a balanced attack in the lopsided win over the Bulldogs, as five Bonnies notched double digits, with the team setting season- highs in scoring, field-goal percentage (.565), assists (26) and steals (13). Demitrius Conger and Chris Johnson tied for team-high honors with 16 points apiece. Marquise Simmons and Eric Mosley were right behind with 15 points each. Youssou Ndoye rounded out the top scorers with 10 points in 15 minutes of work off the bench.
The offensive numbers have certainly begun to head in the right direction following the Bonnies' last two outings. Overall, the team is now averaging 74.4 ppg and doing so in on a decent .458 shooting. Johnson and Conger have been a potent one-two punch in the frontcourt, averaging 14.4 and 14.1 ppg, respectively. Conger has proved to be versatile, as he not only can fill up the basket, but also leads the team in both rebounds (7.7 rpg) and assists (3.3 apg). Mosley has proved to be an asset off the bench with 9.8 ppg.
While St. Bonaventure is just starting to peak offensively, NC State has been there since day one. The Wolfpack are averaging just under 80 points per game this year (79.4), while ranking first in the nation in field-goal percentage (.530). A truly balanced attack features five players in double figures, including four starters. Richard Howell headlines the group and is one of the ACC's top low post players, averaging team-highs of 14.4 points and 9.8 rebounds per game, while shooting a ridiculous .675 from the floor. T.J Warren (13.5 ppg) has done most of his damage coming off the bench and is converting an even better .682 from the floor. Forward C.J. Leslie is next in line (13.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg) at a mere .580 clip. Point guard Lorenzo Brown is the team catalyst, with the ability to create for himself (12.9 ppg) and others (5.9 apg), while Scott Wood (10.1 ppg) rounds things out with his 3-point acumen (.421, 24-of-57).
Brown put on an offensive clinic in the win over Stanford, scoring 18 of his season-high 24 points in the second half. Howell was once again magnificent inside, with a double-double consisting of 17 points and 12 rebounds. Wood matched Howell's scoring output with 17 points of his own, while Leslie tacked on 16. NC State shot a sterling .561 from the floor in the win and outscored the Cardinal 19-4 at the free-throw line.
The Wolfpack would like nothing better than to head into ACC play with a full head of steam. While the Bonnies are playing well right now, St. Bonaventure will be hard-pressed to match NC State's aggressive play, especially at the offensive end.