Pack Blows Out Huskies, 88-59

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Playing for the third time in just five days, NC State capped off a busy holiday stretch with an 88-59 home victory over Northeastern on Thursday night at the RBC Center.

Led by the scoring of sophomores C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown, the well-balanced Wolfpack broke away early against the Huskies by scoring nine straight points in the game's opening minutes and never looked back to hand Northeastern (3-7) its sixth consecutive loss.

Brown and Leslie both had 16 points for the Wolfpack, with Leslie also contributing eight rebounds and Brown adding nine assists. The Wolfpack seemed fresh throughout the game, never trailing, despite the quick turnaround from Tuesday night's dramatic last-second victory over St. Bonaventure in Rochester, N.Y.

The Wolfpack (8-4) shot 61.3 percent in the second half and 51.6 percent for the game. It built as much as a 30-point lead in the second half, allowing head coach Mark Gottfried to empty his bench in the game's final minutes.

"Here's what I like about what we did tonight: defensively in the second half, we were really good," Gottfried said. "Offensively, we really executed what we wanted to do.

"This is an unselfish bunch and they did a great job tonight."

Williams bounced back from his lowest scoring game of the season to post 14 points for the Wolfpack, including seven points in the early run that essentially decided the game between these two infrequent foes. It was only the second time these two teams have met. The previous meeting was in 1983-84 at Reynolds Coliseum.

Junior Richard Howell had his second double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. He had 15 points and 14 rebounds in the season-opener against is first double-double came in the Pack's season-opener against UNC Asheville.

The Wolfpack got solid contributions all the way around, especially with its outside shooting. Eight different players hit 3-pointers as the Pack went 11-for-20 from beyond the arc. Senior Alex Johnson hit three of his four bonus shots.

Gottfried's team was also 11 of 12 at the free-throw line.

The Wolfpack will take three days off for the holidays, returning to practice on Monday to prepare for next Thursday's 7 p.m. game against Campbell. It will be the Pack's third game this season at historic Reynolds Coliseum.

"We'll take a little time off," Gottfried said. "But we don't want to take too much. We have a good thing going right now and we want to keep it going. And we have to be prepared because Campbell is a really good team."

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