Wolfpack to play Hartford in Reynolds

NC State (4-1) returns to Reynolds for their second annual Heritage Game to face Hartford (2-2). Gametime is set for 4:00 today. <P> Premium Subscribers can chat Live in the <a href=http://insiders1.ezboard.com/fnorthcarolinastatefrm17>StateFans.com Premium Chat Room</a> via the "Join Live Chat" Link.

Reynolds Coliseum as seen in 1949

NC State (4-1) vs. Hartford (2-2)
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Hartford beat UMass 72-66 in November
Hartford Outlook for 2003-04: The Hawks return three of their top four scorers from a year ago. In all, Hartford returns six letter winners and adds five freshmen (one redshirt) and one familiar face from the past. Harrison is confident that his Hawks will continue to build on the foundation that has been set in his first three seasons. The ultimate goal for the Hawks is to be a perennial contender in the America East. If that happens, the Hawks will have developed into a strong mid-major program that will have a chance to advance to the NCAA Tournament year after year.

Head Coach Larry Harrison: Hawk coach Larry Harrison, entering his fourth season at the helm of the University of Hartford men's basketball team, is looking to continue climbing the ladder of success in 2003-04. In three short years, Harrison has taken the Hawks from a 4-24 record in his inaugural campaign to the program's first winning season in five years. That winning season came last year, as the Hawks ended the regular season with four straight wins and finished with an overall record of 16-13. Hartford also set a school record for home wins by going 11-1 at the Chase Family Arena, tying for the best home record in the America East.

Early Season: Hartford rolls into Reynolds sporting a 2-2 record which includes an early season upset of UMass 54-52 and George Mason. The Hawks trailed George Mason by only four points at 46-42 with about 15 minutes left before they let the game get away, eventually losing the game 79-58.

Probable Starting 5: F – Bo Taylor, (Fr 6-4 200), 7.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, G – Ryan Stys, (Sr 6-0 160), 11.3 ppg, 4.2 apg, 5.5 rpg, G – Charles Ford, (So 5-11 185), 11.0 ppg, 2.5 apg, 3.5 rpg, F – Bernard Lowndes, (Fr 6-9 200), 7.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, G – Aaron Cook (So 6-2 170), 18.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg

Hartford's Top Gun: Sophomore Guard Aaron Cooke leads the Hawks in scoring in the early season with 18.3 points per game. He also sees the most floor time averaging over 35 minutes per contest. He is 13-32 (.406%) from beyond the arc and has snared 17 rebounds (4.3 rpg) for the season which ties him for second for his team. Aaron was named to the America East All-Rookie Team in 2002-03.

Fast Break Points
The History of Reynolds Coliseum

After 5,000 people from all over North Carolina were rained out of a Farmers' Week meeting held in an outdoor stadium in 1940, alumnus David Clark conceived the idea to build a coliseum.
After 10 years of promoting the idea in the General Assembly, Reynolds was finely constructed in 1949.
The $2.3 million building is named for William Neal Reynolds, one of five brothers who developed the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in Winston-Salem, established by the oldest brother.
The building's arena floor measures 108 x 312 feet with enough seating for 14,000 people. It has 186,971 square feet.
The foundation work Reynolds began in 1942 and the structural steel support system was completed in 1943. World War II interrupted the construction progress late that year. A steel skeleton of an arena sat alone on the campus during the war. Authorization to resume construction was received in September of 1948 and a year later, the Wolfpack had a new home.
The first game played was on Friday, December 2, 1949. The Wolfpack men's team defeated Washington & Lee, 67-47.
The Coliseum has been the home to the fabled Wolfpack basketball teams including two NCAA champions.
NC State's all-time mark at Reynolds is 590-177 (.769)
Mid-Major vs. High-Major: Look for the Hawks to enter Reynolds with all their efforts aimed at snatching an upset against NC State. Their highlight games this year were against UMass, which they won and NC State, who they hope to beat. Coach Larry Harris said following the UMass win, "This was a great team win. This was one of the better--if not best-wins in my four years. We didn't crumble at crunch time, and our senior leadership came through in a big way."

Free Throws and Foul Trouble: In Hartford's victory against the Minutemen, the Hawks went to the free throw twice as much as UMass. More over, Hartford made their free shots 83% (25-30) while UMass shot a dismal 40% (6-15). The Hawks will look to draw the fouls against the Pack, in hopes of repeating an upset for the second time in their last four games.

Welcome to Division 1: The only time Hartford played NC State was in 1984. Reynolds Coliseum and the Wolfpack welcomed Hartford to Division 1 basketball with an 83-46 whoopin'. That was also the first year that Hartford played basketball on the Division I level.

Norm Sloan 1926-2003: The mystic of Reynolds was taken to a new level by Coach Norm Sloan in the 70s. One year ago, NC State honored Coach Sloan by allowing him to sit on the bench. Coach Sloan passed this week, and the seat Stormin' Norman occupied last year will be empty at tip-off.

Key Match-Up: Hartford vs. Reynolds' Rowdies: While the game on Saturday looks to be a ho-hummer, the fact that it is this year's "Heritage Game" which is played in Reynolds Coliseum should make for added fun. The Reynolds' Rowdies should re-emerge once again to provide plenty of harassment for the visiting Hawks. Some things never change. The noise level in Reynolds for NC State basketball is one such time honored tradition.

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The first basketball game to be played in North Carolina State University's Reynolds Coliseum pitted North Carolina State College against Washington & Lee on December 2, 1949. (AP Photo/North Carolina State University)

No Name Pos Ht Wt Yr City (High School)
2 Jerell Parker G 6-4 210   SR Chicago, IL (Loyola Chicago )
4 Aaron Cook G 6-2 170   SO Randallstown, MD (Lake Clifton)
5 Tyler Lang F/C 6'10 210   FR Franklin, MA (Franklin)
10 Charles Ford G 5-11 185   SO Upper Marlboro, MD (Notre Dame Prep)
15 Bernard Lowndes F 6-9 200   FR Bronx, NY (Potomac)
20 Ryan Stys G 6-0 160   SR Hooksett, N.H. (Manchester Central H.S.)
21 Louis Bosley F 6-6 200   JR New Haven, CT (Wilbur Cross)
22 Rich Baker F/C 6-1 180   FR Frederick, MD (Montrose Christian)
23 Trevor Goode F 6-9 230   JR Virginia Beach, VA (Cape Henry)
25 Geoffrey Richardson G 6-2 200   FR Hartford, CT (Northwest Catholic)
32 Mike Dodge G 5-11 155 FR Long Valley, NJ (West Morris Central)
33 Sean Regan G 6-5 210   JR Saint Charles, IL (Saint Charles East)
32 Robert "Bo" Taylor, Jr. F 6-4 200   FR Reston, VA (South Lakes)
55 Alex Zimnickas F 6-8 230   FR Toronto, Ontario (Bishop Allen Academy)

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