NOTES: Pack Back In Action

NC State (7-4) returns to action tonight versus Northeastern (3-6) in the RBC Center. Tip-off is set for 7:00 and the game can be viewed online at ESPN3.

• This is the first meeting between NC State and Northeastern since the 1983-84 season when the Pack posted a 77-74 victory at Reynolds Coliseum.
• This is the first time the two teams have met at the RBC Center.
• Thursday's game is the Pack's third contest in five days.
• This is Wolfpack mentor Mark Gottfried's first time coaching against Northeastern.
• Sophomore C.J. Leslie's buzzer beating layup gave the Wolfpack a 67-65 victory over St. Bonaventure on Tuesday in Rochester, N.Y. It was NC State's first win in the series versus the Bonnies. SBU won the initial meeting with NCSU, 80-68, in the first round of the 1970 NCAA Tournament.
• Tuesday's game versus St. Bonaventure was the first time that the Wolfpack didn't have at least three players score in double figures.
• Junior Richard Howell is two points shy of 500 career points.
• Junior Scott Wood is 25-of-25 from the line this year.
• This is only time this season the Pack will have played a road game (SBU, Dec. 20) with a day's rest before playing a home game (Northeastern, Dec.22).
• NC State owns a 43-6 mark against current Colonial Athletic Association foes.
• The Wolfpack closes out the 2011 portion of its schedule with three home games starting with the Northeastern game followed by tilts with Campbell (Dec. 29) and Western Carolina (Dec. 31).
• Next Thursday's Campbell contest is the final game of a three-game set slated for Reynolds Colisuem this year.
• NC State's three games in Reynolds are a program high since the Pack moved to the RBC Center full-time beginning with the 1999-2000 season.
• The Pack's strength of schedule is 21st according to Collegerpi. com (as of 12/21/11).
• The ACC has the second-best league RPI according to Collegerpi. com (as of 12/21/11).

NC State coach Mark Gottfried has never coached against a Northeastern squad.

Sophomore C.J. Leslie's layup with 0.6 was the finish to a thrilling 67-65 victory over St. Bonaventure on Tuesday. SBU's Eric Mosely tied the game at 65-65 with a pair of free throws with three seconds remaining on the clock. It was State's ball on the Bonnies' end line.

Senior C.J. Williams, a former high school quarterback, inbounded the ball the length of the court into Leslie's hands in the left corner near the Pack's basket. Leslie then spun and flipped the ball up and over a defender. The ball danced on the rim before falling through for the winning basket.

The game was close throughout with no team holding an advantage of more than nine at any point in the contest.

Junior Scott Wood, had his best outing of the season with 20 points to lead all scorers. Wood was 8-for-8 from the line extending his free throw streak to 25 consecutive conversion this season. Leslie added 12, while junior Richard Howell had nine points to go along with 13 rebounds and graduate student Alex Johnson had nine with a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range.

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 21st according to the Dec. 21 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 11.5 points per game (23rd, ACC) and 6.4 assists per contest (2nd, ACC).

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 posted 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 50 percent (29-of-58) from three-point range this season. He leads the ACC in three-point field goal percentage and in three-point field goals made (2.9 made per game). In wins over Elon and Morehead State, Wood made five three-pointers.

Junior Scott Wood is 25-of-25 from the line this year, including going 8-for-8 in the win over St. Bonaventure. Wood's streak extends back to last season when he finished the year hitting all eight of his attempts starting with 4-for-4 performance against Georgia Tech on Feb. 26, 2011. His accuracy at the charity stripe is tops in the ACC.

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.

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 began with the Syracuse game on Dec. 17 and concludes on New Year's Eve when State entertains Western Carolina. It also has one remaining game at Reynolds against Campbell on Dec. 29 The Wolfpack opened the year with five games over an 11-day stretch.

NC State ranks third in the ACC in scoring offense at 74.9 points per game. UNC leads the league in the category with an output of 86.4 points per contest followed by Duke at 80.2 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).

Junior forward Scott Wood's streak of 70 consecutive starts ended when he didn't play in Wolfpack's loss to Vanderbilt on Nov. 19. Wood missed the Vandy game due to a sprained ankle suffered in the early going of the Princeton game on Nov. 16. His consecutive games started streak ranks 10th all-time NCSU.

The Wolfpack had its 10-game streak of having at least three players score in double figures snapped in the St. Bonaventure victory. Only Scott Wood (20) and C.J. Leslie (12) tallied double figures against the Bonnies. NC State has five players that are averaging double figure scoring - Scott Wood (12.8) , C.J. Leslie (12.8), C.J. Williams (12.5) and Lorenzo Brown (11.5).

Pack Pride Top Stories