NOTES: Bonnies Up Next

NC State (6-4) heads back on the road to face St. Bonaventure (5-4) tonight in Rochester, New York. Tip-off is set for 7:00 pm for the non-televised matchup.

• Senior C.J. Williams posted a career-high 25 points versus Syra­cuse.
• Williams scored his career 500th point with a three pointer with 18:29 remaining in the first half of the Syracuse game.
• It's the third time this season Williams has either tied or set his career-high for points this season. He is averaging 23.0 ppg over his last two games.
• Sophomore Lorenzo Brown recorded a career-best 13 assists against the Orange.
• Brown logged his first-career double by adding 10 points to his assist total.
• Junior Richard Howell is 21 points shy of 500 career points.
• Junior Scott Wood is 17-of-17 from the line this year.
• The Pack has had at least three players score in double figures every game this season.
• This is the first meeting between St. Bonaventure and NC State since the first round of the 1970 NCAA Tournament.
• The Bonnies won the game 80-68, which was played in Columbia, S.C.
• NC State owns a 53-18 mark against current Atlantic-10 foes.
• This is the Wolfpack's final road trip of 2011 and its last non-conference travel date of the season as well.
• This is only time this season the Pack will play a road game (SBU, Dec. 20) with a day's rest before playing a home game (Northeastern, Dec. 22).
• By week's end, the Pack will have played three games in five days.
• In it's last outing, the Wolfpack fell to top-ranked Syracuse, 88-72, at home last Saturday.
• The Pack is 5-26 all-time in meetings with No. 1 ranked teams.
• Beginning with the 2012-13 season, ACC teams will play an 18-game conference slate.
• The Pack's strength of schedule is 14th according to
• The ACC has the second-best league RPI according to Colleg­

NC State is 75-55 all-time in contests against current members of the Big East Conference.

NC State coach Mark Gottfried is 1-0 against the Bonnies. Gottfried's only meeting with St. Bonaventure occurred when he was at Alabama during the 2002-03 season.

Gottfried's third-ranked Crimson Tide squad posted a 77-68 victory over the Bonnies in Tuscaloosa.

Wolfpack assistant coach Bobby Lutz is familar with coaching against St. Bonaventure from his time as head coach at Charlotte.

Lutz owns a 5-3 mark in games coached against the Bonnies. He lost his only game coached against SBU in Rochester, 79-78, in 2000.

With final exams done, the Wolfpack returned to action by hosting Syracuse, the nation's top-ranked team, at the RBC Center this past Saturday. The Orange showed it was deserving of its No. 1 ranking, coming away with an 88-72 win.

It was the first time since 1979, that State had hosted the No. 1-ranked non-conference foe. NC State got out to a fast start with senior C.J. Williams scoring the team's first five points. With those points, Williams recorded his 500th career point.

The Pack pushed its lead to as much as eight points in the early going before hitting scoreless spell of nearly seven minutes, allowing the Orange to go on a 23-0 run and take a 47-33 lead at the half.

NC State came out of the break with a 17-3 run of its own and the Pack tied the game at 50 all with 15:27 left in the half.

After drawing within two, 63-61, with 8:38 left, NC State watched as the Orange extended its lead to as much as 18 over the game's final minutes. Williams finished with a career-high 25 points. Sophomore Lorenzo Brown posted his first career double-double of 10 points and 13 assists (a career-high). Sophomore C.J. Leslie contributed 13 points, while junior Richard Howell added 12.

The loss to No. 1 Syracuse on Saturday marked NC State's seventh straight setback to ranked opposition.

The last time the Pack defeated a top-25 team was a 68-54 win over Wake Forest on Feb. 20, 2010, when the Demon Deacons were ranked 23rd.

The last time NC State defeated a top-10 team was an 88-74 victory when the Duke Blue Devils were ranked the No. 7 on Jan. 20, 2010.

With additions of teams like Vanderbilt, Texas and Stanford to the NC State slate this season, coach Mark Gottfried achieved his goal of bolstering the Pack's strength of schedule.

NC State's strength of schedule is 14th according to the Dec. 19th listings.

The ACC announced last week that starting with the 2012-13 season its member institutions will play an 18-game conference schedule. The league will grow to 14 schools when Pittsburgh and Syracuse, which accepted invitations to become members this summer, began competition at undetermined date in the future.

Since taking over the point guard position full time this season, sophomore guard Lorenzo Brown hasn't shown any problems with the transition. His 2.5 steals per game lead the ACC and he is averaging 12.3 points per game (19th, ACC) and 6.6 assists per contest (2nd, ACC). Brown is tied for fifth in the league with seven consecutive double figure scoring games.

In Saturday's game against Syracuse, Brown recorded a career-best 13 assists and notched his first career double-double with 10 points. In a 82-67 win over Elon, Brown recorded a career-high 21 points. His eight steals against UNC Asheville is tops among ACC players this season.

Brown's 2.2 assist/turnover ratio is third best among ACC players.

Junior forward Scott Wood is shooting 54 percent (27-of-50) from three-point range this season. He leads in the ACC in three-point field goal percentage and in three-point field goals made (3.0 made per game). In wins over Elon and Morehead State, Wood made five three-pointers.

C.J. Williams made his 100th game in a Wolfpack uniform one to remember. The Fayetteville native went out and led the team to a win over North Carolina Central with a then career- and game-high 21 points.

He also hit a career-best eight free throws on a career-high nine attempts.

Starting with it's North Carolina Central contest, NC State will play five of its remaining six games in the month of December at home. Tuesday's game versus St. Bonaventure is the Pack's final non-conference road game of 2011.

NC State will close out the year in the same way it began the season. The Wolfpack will play five games over the final 15 days of 2011.

That stretch begins with the Syracuse game on Dec. 17. and concludes on New Year's Eve when State entertains Western Carolina. The Wolfpack opened the year with five games over an 11-day stretch.

NC State ranks third in the ACC in scoring offense at 75.7 points per game. UNC leads the league in the category with an output of 85.3 points per contest followed by Duke at 79.2 points per game.

Junior forward Richard Howell has posted a pair of performances that rank him among the league's best this year.

His 85 percent (11-of-13) shooting display versus Morehead State is the best performance by a ACC player this season. Howell's 15 rebounds against UNC Asheville is tied for the third best showing on the boards in the conference this year. Howell shares the mark with Virginia's Mike Scott (South Carolina State, Nov. 13) and Georgia Tech's Daniel Miller (Delaware State, Nov. 14).

Pack Pride Top Stories