Howell “beasting” as Pack gets ready for Norfolk State

It’s that time of year, mid-December, when all college students are in deep studying mode for exams. As a break, tonight the Wolfpack take on a team who had one of the two biggest NCAA tournament upsets wins from last year, Norfolk State.

Norfolk State etched its name into NCAA Tournament lore last year as a No. 15-seed, when it pulled a second-round upset of No. 2-seed Missouri, 86-84. The Spartans will be playing its second straight top-25 opponent this week after missing on an upset bid of No. 10 Illinois, 64-54, on Tuesday. Norfolk State trailed by three with 2:30 left in the contest, but it was unable to convert a couple of late possessions and the Illini pulled away by hitting their free throws down the stretch.

One of the seniors on the team, Richard Howell, has been playing better and better lately. It is not a coincidence that this “beasting” play, as CJ Leslie describes it, is coming on as he is staying on the court and not getting into foul trouble.

Wolfpack players have a specific verb to describe the recent performance of Richard Howell. It’s not in the dictionary, but it was the automatic descriptor used by C.J. Leslie when asked about his teammate.


“He’s like a man, a manchild,” Leslie said of Howell. “Everyone is proud of what he’s doing. He’s beasting is how we call it.”

Howell seems to be turning into one of the biggest leaders of this team. Tonight, the Pack hopes that his continued inspiring play leads the way against the Spartans.

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9 Responses to Howell “beasting” as Pack gets ready for Norfolk State

  1. StateFans 12/15/2012 at 12:29 PM #

    Very worried about this game

  2. DC_wolf 12/15/2012 at 2:37 PM #

    Nice stats pulled right off the NCAA website – hope they display alright:

    Division I
    Field-Goal Percentage
    Through Games 12/09/2012
    Min. 5 made per game

    Rank Name, Team FGM FGA FG%
    1 Alex Poythress, Kentucky 56 81 69.1
    2 Richard Howell, North Carolina St. 47 69 68.1
    3 Taylor Smith, Stephen F. Austin 44 65 67.7
    4 Cory Jefferson, Baylor 43 64 67.2
    5 T.J. Warren, North Carolina St. 47 70 67.1

    Better yet, link to entire page:

  3. NCSU84 12/15/2012 at 3:24 PM #

    StateFans, I know what you mean. But this is what really worries me. It is mid December and we are still worried about these types of games – THAT is something to be worried about (ACC season is a few weeks away).

  4. vtpackfan 12/15/2012 at 4:13 PM #

    I thought he meant it not in a critical of our team way, but in a this is veteran, hard to knock out team, that we have little to gain from the W and everything to lose if they pull an upset. Norfolk is good enough that I’ll assume that go into their Conference tourney seeded #1, and have a decent shots a repeat NCAA torney teams. That said, the MEAC is terrible, and NSU will be 200+ RPI when all is settled. Lets hope Zo asserts himself early and often and takes the pressure off of Calvin and Richard from “breasting” on their own in order to win.

  5. Alpha Wolf 12/15/2012 at 8:22 PM #

    Turned out that there wasn’t much reason to be too worried. Howell had a great game and definitely looked better at the FT line.

  6. vtpackfan 12/15/2012 at 8:57 PM #

    I just got back, Norfok had some bigs but they were completely irreverent with Howell feasting.

    Boy, these team is up tempo for sure. Our half court needs fine tuning, but I think as Warren and Purvis learn its nuances we should be effective come January.

  7. mak4dpak 12/15/2012 at 10:20 PM #

    Great win for the team, and continued improvement. And the holes barely eeked one out against ECU. Also wondering if there are any articles on the new hire by Deoren, as reported in the Fayetteville Observer.

  8. PackerInRussia 12/16/2012 at 10:03 AM #

    12 points, 5 assists, 5 blocks, 6-6 at the line, NINETEEN rebounds, and he even got to carve the roast beast.

  9. SuperStuff 12/16/2012 at 9:55 PM #

    19 Rebounds?? Are you kidding me? That’s phenomenal. Love this guy!

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