Pack Hosts Phoenix Tonight

NC State (4-1) returns to the hardwood tonight with a game against Elon (3-1) in Reynolds Coliseum. Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm, and the game can be watched on ESPN3.

NC STATE-ELON, THE SERIES
NC State leads the all-time series with Elon 21-8, including a 87-72 victory over the Phoenix in Greensboro last season.

The Wolfpack has won the last eight meetings. In 2005, State posted its largest margin of victory against Elon with a 71-45 win at the RBC Center. Friday's game will be the first time that the two programs have faced one another at Reynolds Coliseum.

The series started in 1912-13, and played until 1926-27. The teams did not meet again until 2004-05. In the three meetings since the series started back up, NC State has an average winning margin of 14.7 points in the three victories.

LAST TIME OUT
The Wolfpack evened the all-time series with Texas with a thrilling 77-74 victory in the consolation game of the Legends Classic on Monday at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J.

Trailing by 10 at the break and as much as 18 points in the second half, NC State used a 28-2 run to take the lead.

Sophomore forward C.J. Leslie led the way with 17 points on 4-of-8 shooting and connecting on 9-of-16 from the charity stripe. Junior forward Scott Wood return to action after missing the Vanderbilt game due to sprained ankle to register 16 points, including hitting 3-of-8 from three-point range and going 5-of-5 at the line. Sophomore guard Lorenzo Brown added 11.

DOUBLE DIGIT HALFTIME COMEBACKS
NC State's rally from 10 points down against Texas marks the 14th time since 1973-74 that the Wolfpack has come back from a double-digit deficit to win.

The last time the Pack came back from 10 points down at the break (36-46) was a 98-76 home win on Feb. 2, 2002 against North Carolina. The last time it happened away from home was Feb. 20, 1985 in a 70-66 road win at Duke. The Blue Devils held a 41-31 advantage.

The largest halftime overcome by NC State is 17 points (25-42), when it rallied to beat Oregon State, 69-68, at home.

FRESHMAN HARRIS GETS THE STARTING NOD
With Scott Wood slowed with a sprained ankle, freshman forward Tyler Harris has started the last two games for the Pack including getting his first starting assignment against Vanderbilt. The Dix Hills, N.Y., native scored seven points on 3-of-9 shooting and was 1-of-2 from the charity stripe in 28 minutes of action both of which are career bests versus Commodores, while posting two points, rebound and an assist against the Longhorns.

BREAKING THE IZOD CENTER SLIDE
After dropping its third straight contest at the Izod Center to Vanderbilt, 86-79, last Saturday, the Wolfpack snapped its skid at the facility with its 77-74 over Texas on Monday. NC State's last victory at the venue came on November 11, 1997, when the Pack defeated Georgia in the Ikon Coaches VS. Cancer Classic.

The IZOD Center was part of the Wolfpack's magical run to the 1983 national title, when it defeated 20th-ranked West Virginia, 67-59, on Dec. 28, 1982.

GETTING IT DONE AT THE LINE
Against the Longhorns, NC State attempted a season-high 44 free throws and converting 33 of those attempts (75 percent).

The last season, the Wolfpack attempted 41 free throws against Tennessee Tech with 31 made in a 82-69 win.

The NC State record for free throws attempted in a game is 52 against Charleston Southern on Nov. 27, 1998 in 93-57 victory.

C.J. LESLIE IMPRESSIVE IN FIRST TWO GAMES
After sitting out the first three games of the season after it was determined that he and a relative had received impermissible benefits totaling $410, sophomore forward C.J. Leslie has provided a spark off the bench for the Wolfpack in his first two games back.

Leslie is averaging 18.5 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per contest. He is also shooting 65 percent (11-of-17) from the floor and connecting on 58 percent (15-of-26) from the line.

FINISHING THE GAUNLET
Monday's game with Texas concluded a tough opening stretch for the Wolfpack in which it played five games in 11 days. State emerged with a 4-1 record including a 3-0 mark at the RBC Center.

BROWN AMONG NATIONAL STATISTICAL LEADERS
Sophomore guard Lorenzo Brown ranks among the national leaders according ESPN.com. Brown is tied for second nationally in steals per game with 4.0 per contest, while he is tied for 16th in assists with an average of 6.6.

DOUBLE FIGURE SCORING
NC State continued it trend of having at least three Wolfpack players log double figures in scoring in each outing.

THE STREAK IS OVER
Junior forward Scott Wood's streak of 70 consecutive starts ended when he didn't play in Wolfpack's loss to Vanderbilt last Saturday due to a sprained ankle suffered in the early going of the Princeton game. His consecutive games started streak ranks 10th all-time NCSU.

HOWELL'S DOUBLE FIGURE STREAK BROKEN
Junior foward Richard Howell had his streak of scoring in double figures snapped in the Texas win.

During the first four games this year, Howell was averaging 16.3 points per game.

DE THAEY CLEARED TO PLAY
Freshman Thomas de Thaey's amateur certification was cleared by the NCAA this past Monday.

The forward from Belgium, was eligible immediately for the 2011- 12 season, and was in uniform on Monday against Texas, grabbing one rebound and dishing out an assist in two minutes of action.

PENDING WOLFPACK MILESTONES
- First-year head coach Mark Gottfried needs 18 wins to reach 300 career victories.
- Junior Richard Howell needs 58 points to reach 500. He needs 124 rebounds to reach 500.
- Sophomore C.J. Leslie needs 137 points to reach 500. He needs 280 rebounds to reach 500.
- Senior C.J. Williams needs 62 points to reach 500.

VERSUS RANKED OPPOSITION
Last Saturday's loss to Vandy was NC State's sixth straight setback to ranked opposition.

The last time the Pack defeated a top-25 team was 68-54 win over Wake Forest on Feb. 20, 2010, when the Demon Deacons were ranked 23rd. The last time NC State defeated a ranked in the top- 10 was an 88-74 victory when the Blue Devils were ranked the No. 7 on Jan. 20, 2010.


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