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NC State takes 84-62 win over Norfolk State

Posted December 15, 2012

FINAL: Richard Howell's double-double and T.J. Warren's 21 points off the bench took NC State to an easy win over Norfolk State.


FACTS & STATS: Site: PNC Arena (19,722) -- Raleigh, North Carolina. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Norfolk State 2-0, NC State 3-0. Away Record: Norfolk State 4-4, NC State 0-1. Neutral Record: Norfolk State 0-2, NC State 3-1. Conference Record: Norfolk State 0-0, NC State 0-0. Series Record: NC State leads, 1-0.

GAME NOTES: The 25th-ranked NC State Wolfpack continue their season-long, six- game homestand on Saturday night when they take on the Norfolk State Spartans at PNC Arena.

After dropping four of its first five games, Norfolk State bounced back with four-game win streak to move above .500 for the first time this season. The Spartans faced their most difficult task of the year on Tuesday night when they traveled the Champaign to take on No. 10 Illinois, and not surprisingly, their winning streak came to an end with a 64-54 loss.

NC State won its first three games and rose to No. 6 in the AP poll, but following losses to Oklahoma State (76-56) and Michigan (79-72), it fell all the way to No. 25. The Wolfpack has bounced back of late with two straight wins over UConn (69-65) and Cleveland State (69-65).

The Wolfpack won the only previous meeting between these two teams, 81-63, back in February of 1998.

Norfolk State's offensive output has been modest at best this season (.416 field goal percentage, 65.2 ppg), but against one of the nation's elite teams, it was even worse. The Spartans shot just 38.2 percent from the floor in the 10-point loss to Illinois, including 6-of-23 from 3-point range (.261). Rashid Gaston provided a spark off the bench with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Pendarvis Williams added 11 points, five boards and three steals. They are without an explosive scorer, as Williams leads the way with just 12.0 ppg, and although he is only a 42.2 percent shooter, he has been nearly automatic from the free throw line (29-of-31). Malcolm Hawkins has made a team-high 16 3- pointers at a 38.1 percent clip en route to 11.7 ppg, and Rob Johnson adds 10.1 ppg. Although they aren't consistent contributors on the scoreboard, both Gaston (7.1 rpg) and Jamel Fuentes (5.7 apg) are crucial cogs in NSU's attack.

Behind the second-ranked field goal percentage in the nation (.521), NC State has gotten off to a fantastic start, putting up just shy of 78 ppg. The theme continued in the 17-point win over Cleveland State, as it shot nearly 55 percent from the floor. C.J. Leslie tallied 19 points and eight rebounds in the victory, and Richard Howell had a double-double consisting of 17 points and 10 rebounds. T.J. Warren shot 6-of-8 from the field to turn in 16 points off the bench, and Rodney Purvis (11 points) and Lorenzo Brown (10 points, six assists) were also productive. The Wolfpack are one of the deepest teams in the country, as they have six players who net at least 9.8 ppg. Howell (14.4 ppg) and Warren (13.8 ppg) have both been outstanding in making better than 67 percent of their field goal attempts, while Howell also grabs a team-high 8.4 rpg. Leslie (13.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg) has also been a reliable asset in the frontcourt, and Brown (11.1 ppg) does a great job distributing the ball with 5.9 apg. Purvis (9.8 ppg) and Scott Wood (9.8 ppg) have combined to drain 28- of-63 from 3-point range.

Although NC State hasn't been as dominant this year as its preseason ranking might have suggested, it has still played very well, especially at home. With their wide array of scoring options, the Pack should have no problem powering past the Spartans.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: NC State 83, Norfolk State 63

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  • lpeters2 Dec 15, 9:25 p.m.

    Richard Howell rocks!~

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Dec 15, 9:13 p.m.

    Congrats to State - they took care of business. Thought of you guys - Carl Hess officiated the Carolina/ECU game:)

  • PanthersFan45 Dec 15, 7:42 p.m.

    This will be a tight ballgame I think. I watched Norfolk State play Illinois the other night on ESPN3 via Xbox .... and I'm watching this one using the same feed. Norfolk state has a pretty good team and they have some good sized players for a school of their size. They have been calling this game a little tight early on and Leslie picked up a cheap on that the crowd didn't like. They need to be careful here as an upset might happen IMHO. Thankfully the XBox live membership helps here so I can catch many ACC games on here through out the year. Id rather watch on the HDTV than deal w/radio, phone app or the internet.

  • Toddler10-21 Dec 15, 5:28 p.m.

    Kinda nervous about this one. NSU only lost to Illinois by ten last week, and they are ranked #10.

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Local
Final
ECU 58
FRES 52
Final
CIN 59
NCCU 50
 
Final
WAS 102
ATL 106
 
Final
MIA 97
GSW 114
Final
MIL 98
DET 86
 
Final
NOP 89
SAC 99
 
4th
DEN 100
CHI 85
 
Final
UMO 21
OHIO 24
 
Final
ECU 58
FRES 52
Final
ELON 74
MRGST 73
 
Final
MIZZ 61
PURD 82
Final
MAR 55
HAW 62
Final
UNF 77
LIB 57
 
Final
CHAM 85
BYU 121
Final
BUCK 58
MDES 55
Final
UGST 85
WCU 70
Final
UWGB 64
EVAN 62
Final
ARST 71
ALA 76
 
Final
OHIO 69
ARKPB 60
 
Final
UNH 75
BU 68
 
Final
OU 70
CHIST 57
Final
TOL 79
DET 82
 
Final
CLMB 57
FD 47
 
Final
QUIN 50
HART 54
 
Final
SFLA 71
HOF 70
 
Final
HARV 84
HOU 63
Final
BONA 79
JST 71
 
Final
STJOE 74
LIU 70
 
Final
SYR 70
GHND 37
 
Final
MLOWELL 102
MTIDA 57
 
Final
CIN 59
NCCU 50
 
Final
VT 54
NIOWA 73
 
Final
WOFF 82
OHVALLEY 54
 
Final
TEMPL 76
PENN 67
 
Final
RUTG 50
PETE 68
 
Final
BGU 62
SEMIZ 54
 
Final
LAS 73
Terriers 60
 
Final
UVA 79
TENST 36
 
Final
KENT 92
TXARL 44
Final
FSU 66
CITA 55
 
Final
PBY 63
TOCC 40
 
Final
COOK 56
TENNM 74
 
Final
WMARY 83
WILL 49
 
Final
USB 71
WKENT 61
 
Final
HIGH 88
WMPEACE 71
 
Final
SMU 72
ARK 78
 
Final
ARMY 80
BING 54
 
Final
CSOU 80
CARK 67
 
Final
UMBC 54
HOW 68
 
Final
ARZ 72
KYST 68
 
Final
OREG 63
VCU 77
 
Final
PSU 78
AKR 72
 
Final
SCST 92
CIU 55
 
Final
CREI 75
EILL 53
 
Final
ALAAM 61
JVST 67
 
Final
ABCHRIST 91
JCHR 65
 
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TXSA 57
LOYC 71
 
Final
NDST 64
MNCROOK 63
 
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NEB 80
NEOM 67
 
Final
VANDY 63
NORST 53
 
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STLU 57
NCAT 54
 
Final
MTST 65
NARZ 53
 
Final
TTU 75
NWST 64
 
Final
TULA 74
SOUTH 59
 
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ILLCH 87
STXAVIER 76
 
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TEX 78
RFLSH 46
 
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BRAD 52
TAMCC 38
 
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SMISS 72
TROY 70
 
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DRAK 73
IUPUI 60
 
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ARKST 58
LAM 63
 
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FLGC 62
USF 47
 
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COL 68
AFA 53
 
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IDAHO 71
BSU 81
 
2nd
GRCN 64
BUF 80
 
Final
ORU 52
LALAF 76
 
Final
CHAR 74
MIAMI 77
 
2nd
ISU 48
MD 58
 
2nd
UMO 33
NW 40
 
2nd
SACST 45
BRISTOL 33
 
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MICH 20
VILL 27
 
Half
SDST 39
PITT 25
 
1st
USC 0
CSFU 0
 
1st
STAN 3
DEL 0
 
Final
CLB 2
WIN 4
 
Final
NAS 4
LOS 3
 
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STL 2
OTT 3
 
3rd
DAL 3
EDM 2
 
3rd
ARI 3
COL 3
 
2nd
ANA 1
CAL 0
 
2nd
VAN 1
NJD 0