Freshmen lead Wolfpack to 79-60 win

Pack advances to 5-3 by holding serve.  Next up is Youngstown State on Thursday night in a game that will be televised at 7pm.


Freshman Ryan Harrow scored a season-high 20 points to help North Carolina Statebeat South Carolina Upstate 79-60 on Saturday.

Freshman Lorenzo Brown also had a season-high with 17 points for the Wolfpack (5-3), who snapped a two-game skid with a relatively easy win in its annual return to Reynolds Coliseum. N.C. State played at Reynolds for 50 years before moving to the RBC Center in 1999, though the Wolfpack has won all 10 regular-season or NIT games at its former home since.

N.C. State led just 28-20 late in the first half before going on a 21-6 run that gave it a comfortable margin, with Brown scoring nine points during the spurt.

The Wolfpack led by as many as 25 points after the break.

Babatunde Olumuyiwa scored 14 points to lead the Spartans (2-7).


N.C. State looked like it had suffered another setback when starting point guard Javi Gonzalez came up limping after hurting his right leg on an early drive into the lane. As he hobbled to the bench, Harrow entered the game and made an immediate impact with 10 first-half points while picking up the pace on the Wolfpack’s offense.

Brown got the run started, soaring airborne to grab the loose ball after DeShawn Painter’s miss and slam it home. Wood followed with a 3, then freshman C.J. Leslie (13 points) slammed home a loose rebound just before halftime to make it 35-22 at the break.

Early in the second half, Wood assisted on a 3 from Brown, then drained his own 3 to keep the spurt going. Brown followed with a tip-in and a transition dunk off a feed from Leslie before Painter capped the run with a hook shot in the lane, making it 49-26 with 14:35 left.

Gonzalez returned to the game and played sparingly the rest of the way. N.C. State also lost reserve 7-foot-1 center Jordan Vandenberg to an apparent left ankle injury with 4:35 left in the game.

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14 Responses to Freshmen lead Wolfpack to 79-60 win

  1. 87stategrad 12/11/2010 at 5:18 PM #

    It was a fun game, and good to be in Reynolds. We still miss Tracy inside, but the Freshmen pulled the weight today. Javi got hit in the leg, but it looks like he was OK. Vandenburg hurt his knee and left in the 2nd half.

  2. PoppaJohn 12/11/2010 at 6:37 PM #

    Good win guys – nice to see Ryan stepping up

  3. MrPlywood 12/11/2010 at 7:02 PM #

    Best case scenario for Smith’s injury – the young guys get experience and grow up fast. Tracy heals completely, rejoins the team and meshes instantly. The Pack goes on a tear hearkening back to 1983 when Whitt was hurt, returned and they ran the table. Yeah.

  4. WestCoast 12/11/2010 at 7:26 PM #

    Nice win…still waiting for that fast paced offense we keep hearing about, and how many more offense rebounds could we have given up to ‘Upstate”, wow. Like to get the W, but for some reason this team stuggles with getting defenisve boards.

  5. NCStatePride 12/11/2010 at 7:33 PM #

    I wouldn’t hold my breath, but stranger things have happened, right? What concerns me is the increasing frequency of ‘minor injuries’. What I don’t want is a season where we go on an amazing run to be a conference leader, then fizzle during post-season play due to reoccurring injuries. NCAA hoops is a post season sport so running the regular season table but falling short in the post-season would put the team, and a coach fighting for his career, in a precarious situation.

  6. Wulfpack 12/11/2010 at 7:49 PM #

    Anybody know why the starting lineup was all out of whack?

  7. poorfarmer 12/11/2010 at 7:51 PM #

    This team has got a LONG way to go if it thinks its gonna save sids but at the end of the year.I haven’t missed but a handful of games going way back to reynolds days and what I see from this team I’m not liking. In the fd game their pre-game warm-up was nothing but a dunk fest. Leslie didn’t shoot one warm-up free throw, then proceeded to miss his first 3 free throws in the game. I don’t see the discipline, maybe its me?

  8. packfan03 12/11/2010 at 8:10 PM #

    ^No idea. For whatever reason it took them over six minutes to start playing. Not much ball movement, slow paced – just bad basketball. From then on I thought we played fairly well.

    Harrow needs to start. He not only is more talented, but simply runs the offense better. I still appreciate Javi’s contributions, but it’s really becoming clear that Harrow plays smarter than him.

  9. Tau837 12/11/2010 at 9:02 PM #

    SFN – is there any way for you to stop hosting video ads that begin playing upon a page load?

  10. Wufpacker 12/11/2010 at 9:53 PM #

    “N.C. State played at Reynolds for 50 years before moving to the RBC Center in 1999, though the Wolfpack has won all 10 regular-season or NIT games at its former home since.”

    Interesting obscure fact.

  11. wolfonthehill 12/12/2010 at 1:04 AM #

    ^ Well, we haven’t played a decent opponent in Reynolds since the RBC opened…

  12. wufpup76 12/12/2010 at 4:22 AM #

    I was only able to catch some of it on the radio, but it sounded like Harrow had a great game … Not only that, but he was in control of the game.

    That’s great to hear.

    Good win after exams.

  13. ADVENTUROO 12/12/2010 at 5:31 PM #

    The game was certainly not pretty for the first few minutes. However, the team settled down and really looked great. They played extremely well during the second half….now that is compared to Farleigh Dickinson, where they just wanted to win by as few a points as possible. Sidney was totally into the game and kept pounding them to play defense in the second half. Yes, there were lapses, but this was a MUCH improved effort.

    Vandenberg’s injury, I believe, was to his ankle. Does anyone have any update on this?

  14. travelwolf 12/13/2010 at 3:19 AM #

    For those who want to complain about Lowe’s coaching ability, this is a perfect time… not when we lose and you are pissed off. We only won this game because we have more talent. Unbelievable number of defensive assignments were missed. No offensive flow… Lots of mistakes – even on fast breaks. Basically, Lowe’s got A LOT of teaching to do. Wish him luck…

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