Seahawks Travel to Raleigh

NC State (6-2) brings in the New Year against UNC-Wilmington (5-4) at the RBC Center Saturday night. Game time is set for 8:00 and will be televised by FSNS. <P> Premium Subscribers can chat Live in the <a href=> Premium Chat Room</a> via the "Join Live Chat" Link.

Wilmington Coach Brad Brownell

NC State (6-2) vs. UNC-W (5-4)
8:00 pm
Raleigh, NC
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UNC Wilmington forward Anthony Terrell
UNC-W Outlook for 2003-04: The Seahawks return the bulk of their roster, but has had to replace nearly 69 percent of the scoring and 44 percent of the rebounding. Overall, nine players are back this season, including starters Anthony Terrell and John Goldsberry. While the roster features several changes, one constant promises to remain – a fundamentally sound defense. The Seahawks led the CAA in scoring defense for the ninth straight season, limiting opponents to 60.1 ppg, and finished 12th in the nation in that category.

Head Coach Brad Brownell: Coach Brownell took over the helm of the Seahawks April 24, 2002. The début season for Brownell ended in a 24-7 record, as UNCW claimed its second consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and clinched its fifth post-season berth in the last six seasons. Brownell was named the Colonial Athletic Association's Coach-of-the-Year for his efforts.

Early Season: The Seahawks roll into Raleigh with a 5-4 record coming off a 69-61 win over James Madison. They also have played UNC-Chapel Hill and were beaten by the Heels 71-54. The two ACC games and their conference opener against JMU is probably the toughest stretch for UNC-W for the 2003-04 season. After the UNC game, Coach Brownell said, "We did about everything we could do (to win). Now we have to get ready for James Madison and then N.C. State at the end of the week. This is a tough stretch for us."

Probable Starting 5: F – #23 Terrell, Anthony (Sr 6-7 230), 9.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg... F – #34 Laue, Mitch (So 6-7 225), 2.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5 apg... G – #3 Goldsberry, John (So 6-3 185), 5.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.7 apg... G – #15 Gunn, Andy (Sr 6-4 205), 2.1 ppg, .4 rpg... G – #21 Spencer, Ed (Jr 6-2 180), 10.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.2 apg

UNC-W's Top Gun: Senior Forward Anthony Terrell (6-7 230) leads the Seahawks in rebounding (4.0 rpg) and is second in scoring (9.0 ppg). The big man can also step out and hit the three where he is shooting 44% from beyond the arc (4-9). Terrell had 5 points and 4 rebounds against Maryland's formidable front line in the 2003 NCAA tournament.

Fast Break Points

NC State leads the overall series with UNC-W with 5 victories against one loss.
The Seahawks are 1-23 all-time against the ACC.
This is the first meeting between the Seahawks and the Wolfpack since 1991-92. UNC-W upset the Pack 96-84 in Reynolds Coliseum.
The Seahawks set a record for home attendance one year ago and sold out their final nine home contests.
UNC-W leads the CAA in victories (172) and winning percentage (.597) over the last 10 seasons.
The Seahawks have won 19 or more games three straight years and 18 or more in five of the last six campaigns.
Defend, defend, defend:Coach Brownell teaches in your face defense. The Seahawks held 15 opponents under 60 points last season and has held their opponents to less than 60 in their five victories this season. UNC-W held UNC-A to 39 points. Asheville scored 46 on the Pack. The Seahawks are holding opponents for the year to 58.6 ppg average.

Passing the rock:Sophomore John Goldsberry set a freshman record by dishing out 105 assists in his rookie season with the Seahawks. He also led the CAA in assist/ratio margin (2.89) and committed only 37 turnovers in 856 minutes of action as a freshman. He leads his team with 33 assists in 2003.

Key Match-Up: NC State vs. Mid-Major letdown: Even though UNC-W is a budding team who made their fifth post-season appearance in six season, they have built their success off a weak Colonial Athletic Association schedule. As UNC showed the Seahawks in December (71-54 loss), the ACC is no mid-major conference. However, UNC-W's biggest ally may be a Wolfpack mental letdown. The game against the Seahawks comes in the middle of the holidays and is after their conference opener against Virginia. Coach Brownell will have his team up for the game and the first 10 minutes for the Pack will be crucial.

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UNC Wilmington forward Aaron Coombs stands on the court in defeat after the Seahawks lost to Maryland 75-73 on a last-second shot in the NCAA South Regional basketball tournament in Nashville, Tenn. on Friday, March 21, 2003. Celebrating at left is Maryland center Tahj Holden. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

No Name Pos Ht Wt Yr City (High School)
00 Aaron Combs F 6-11 245   JR Sugarland, Texas (Ft. Bend)
2 T.J. Carter G 6-3 185   FR Mechanicsville, Md. (Chopticon)
3 John Goldsberry G 6-3 185   SO Vandalia, Ohio (Butler)
5 Joel Justus G 6-6 210   SR Winston-Salem, N.C. (Mt. Tabor)
10 David Noel G 6-2 190   FR Boynton Beach, Fla. (Boynton Beach)
12 Joseph King G 6-1 185   JR Wilmington, N.C (Hoggard)
15 Andy Gunn G 6-4 205   SR Charlotte, N.C. (South Mecklenburg/Iowa Western)
20 Taylor Lay F 6-7 225   SO Oklahoma City, Okla. (Southeast/Denver)
21 Ed Spencer G 6-2 180   JR Kansas City, Mo. (Shawnee Mission East/Butler County C.C.)
23 Anthony Terrell F 6-7 230   SR Rowlett, Texas (Rowlett)
31 Dejan Grkovic F 6-8 225 FR Hamilton, Ontario (Sherwood)
33 Halston Lane G 6-6 205   JR Oak Ridge, Tenn. (Oak Ridge/Georgia Tech)
34 Mitch Laue F 6-7 225   SO Dallas, Texas (Bishop Lynch)
42 Beckham Wyrick F 6-6 210   SO Cincinnati, Ohio (Roger Bacon)

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