NC State 80 Cleveland State 63 [Updated]

Headline of the game — Richard Howell gets his (3rd or 4th consecutive and) 17th career double-double with an effort of 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Five NC State players finished in double figures – Leslie (19), Howell (17), Warren (16), Brown (10) and Purvis (11).

Due to our athleticism and fast breaking ability, NC State’s defense feeds our offense with both turnovers and breaking off of the defensive boards. Hopefully the guys will continue to learn this lesson and get motivated by it in the future.

Off the court, the execution of the general admission style of seating sounds like it was as poorly executed as last year. Reports on Twitter indicated that ticket holders were turned and not allowed to enter Reynolds Coliseum as the tip-off approached, despite the fact that each end zone had hundreds of empty seats.

NC State advances to 6-2 with the win and Cleveland State falls to 6-3 with the loss.

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Richard Howell and C.J. Leslie took advantage of an undersized Cleveland State team to lead N.C. State to an 80-63 win at Reynolds Coliseum on Saturday.

Howell had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Leslie had 19 points and eight boards. The No. 25 Wolfpack put together perhaps its best half of the season, taking a 47-32 lead at the break and then closed out the Vikings in the second half.

Howell had a double-double for the third time in four games as Cleveland State’s bigs, both listed at 6-7, couldn’t keep up with either Howell or Leslie.

As good as N.C. State’s regulars were on Saturday, maybe the loudest ovation came when walk-on Chase Cannon hit a 3-pointer in the final minute. Freshman forward T.J. Warren added 16 points off the bench and freshman guard Rodney Purvis, back in the starting lineup, scored 11 points and added some defensive energy.

The Wolfpack entered the game shooting a woeful 61 percent from the free-throw line but made 13 of 15 of its first-half free throws and 18 of 23 for the game.

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21 Responses to NC State 80 Cleveland State 63 [Updated]

  1. wolfpackdawg 12/08/2012 at 3:13 PM #

    Howell only had 1 foul! Wooot!

  2. Wufpacker 12/08/2012 at 3:47 PM #

    Yes…Howell is becoming a beast on both ends of the floor now. As many have often said, he’s able to defend without fouling now that he’s moving his feet and not reaching.

  3. wirogers 12/08/2012 at 4:17 PM #

    Richard had no fouls in the UConn game, he reminds me of a less mental Dennis Rodman.

  4. StateFans 12/08/2012 at 4:19 PM #

    Just wait until ACC play gets here. Remember, the ACC officials admit to pre-determining calls by ‘studying’ player tendencies.

  5. packalum44 12/08/2012 at 4:45 PM #

    ^ Unelievable I almost forgot how incompetent my league is. Vig10′ SEC, please kills us (ACC). Please. I beg thee.

  6. JeremyH 12/08/2012 at 6:17 PM #

    I remember his freshman year Richard came in with three-point shooting as a strength. It was interesting watching him jacking up threes in Lowe’s offense.

  7. 87stategrad 12/08/2012 at 6:37 PM #

    That is interesting about people with tickets being turned away, if true. There were lots of empty seats in the upper baseline sections. I wonder why they would do that? They actually opened the doors at 11:30, and there was quite a crowd waiting, but it moved pretty quickly. The general admission has its drawbacks, but for a game like this, it works OK.

  8. Wufpacker 12/08/2012 at 9:01 PM #

    “Just wait until ACC play gets here.”

    Agree with this fully. But am still naively hopeful that Rich’s improved abilities to defend without fouling as much will still provide dividends even when ACC officials might be looking at past tendencies at times.

    Time will tell I suppose.

  9. Wolfpack93 12/08/2012 at 9:34 PM #

    Had a great time at the game with the family. Loved seeing the FT improvement this game and enjoyed seeing a row of students wearing faux Howell beards. Where do I get one of those!?

  10. logarithm 12/09/2012 at 8:22 AM #

    I hope we’re not going back to leaning on being bigger and more athletic than the opposition to win. Don’t want to see another OK State incident when league play starts. Really hope the coaches keep them working hard and working smart.

    On the other hand, it wasn’t that long ago that a bad shooting night for Scott Wood was nearly a death sentence for us. And I love the varied offensive attack with 5 guys in double figures. That’s got to be frustrating for opposing players and coaches.

  11. hball57 12/09/2012 at 8:23 AM #

    With the current configuration of Reynolds, those end zone seats are obstructed by the floor end zone seats. Because of that, those seats are not sold.

  12. wilmwolf80 12/09/2012 at 12:38 PM #

    A team with the talent of ours needs the guidance and toughness that Howell brings. Good on him for stepping up to fill that void.

  13. PackDave 12/09/2012 at 1:49 PM #

    +1 Logarithm. In recent years it’s been like we basically only won when all of our weapons were hitting. It’s so refreshing this year to see enough good offensive weapons on the court to give us a lift when a guy is off his game.

    This game was encouraging to me in that it seems like the team is finally coming together as a unit. The transition game looked a lot better and the guys are looking like-minded, for example, Rich had a few great passes to a cutting Warren in the paint for easy buckets. If we can keep that up, I really think we can live up to the preseason hype. And no, I can’t help referring to the team as “we” like I’m on the team.

    Also, am I crazy or did CJ hit a daggone three?!? #HOLYCRAP

  14. JeremyH 12/09/2012 at 2:48 PM #

    We need to continue tightening up the defense, and we need to have players hit some jumpers besides Wood (now that CJ, Painter, and Johnson are gone), to keep the defense from sagging/double teaming. I think that Warren or Purvis have shown ability be that guy, but I’d like to see Brown and Lewis both develop an in-game outside shot to keep the defense honest as they run point. If we improve on those things we should be OK.

  15. choppack1 12/09/2012 at 6:07 PM #

    Excellent post logarhythm…agree 100%. Glad to see us bounce back but the team needs to remember those great runs are caused by defense and we have bad moments when we don’t play smart.

    I think last year’s team was better offensively…this team is more explosive. They’ll need to play d better since we won’t be as good in the halfcourt.

  16. john of sparta 12/09/2012 at 6:57 PM #

    log, well, b…. i guess.
    our offense is predicated
    upon our defense which
    is based (b) upon our

  17. lush 12/09/2012 at 8:27 PM #

    I’m rewatching game now. We can play great d, but we don’t for the first 5-10 minutes, and then other spells during the game.

    Maybe it’s concerns over foul trouble, or conditioning, or whatever.

    Preseason #6 was accurate based on 40 minutes of D, not the 25-30 they’re playing now.

    Offense is great (though still too many turnovers).

    If they can come out with defensive intensity, instead of easing their way into the game, this team is scary good.

  18. saigonwolf 12/09/2012 at 9:54 PM #

    ^ Agree. Watched some of the other games involving ranked teams this weekend. With the exceptions of Indiana and Duke, I didn’t see any of the top ten teams playing any better overall than we are capable of playing. We should still be there with them if not for the Okie State debacle. But that’s OK for now. After all, it’s where we FINISH that matters.

  19. JeremyH 12/09/2012 at 10:32 PM #

    It’s where we finish, and we’re probably more comfortable with a lower ranking/less of a bullseye on our back.

    Also, I’d like to quote myself, since I think the sentiment still rings true:

    “Is Pack Basketball Ready for its Closeup?”
    10/14/2012 at 1:26 PM #
    I think our teams have had a history of slow starts, in games and in seasons. I hope that having a group of elitely talented players within practices, like we have, instead of the usual 1-2, will prepare them better for elite competition in-season.

    I read an article on Leslie that says he’s certainly elite talent, but this is the season of opportunity for him to demonstrate that consistently throughout the season. So in that regard, I think that he’s a microcosm of the full team. Can they, night in and night out, have the focus and generate the intensity as they had against SD State, Georgetown, and Kansas?

  20. ryebread 12/10/2012 at 9:21 AM #

    I said it on here before the season when CJL, Brown and the freshman were getting all the attention and no one really seemed to agree. I’ll say it again now though. I believe that the only people who can stop Howell on the college level are the refs.

    With the work he puts in off the court in the weight room, the effort that he plays with on the court, and his skills (which include some nice post moves and quick drives to the basket), I just do not believe that there’s a team we’ll play who can really stop him. He’s just got to stay on the court and out of foul trouble (which means cutting out fouls away from the basket).

    I’m not saying Howell can translate to the NBA. There are lots of bigger bodies than his there. I think he’ll have a nice career in Europe or Asia though. He should close out very strongly this year though.

  21. JohnGalt78 12/10/2012 at 10:44 AM #

    KH called Richard for a foul while reading this post….

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