Pack Men Look to Bounce Back From First ACC Loss
Jan. 18, 2013
Clemson (10-6, 2-2 ACC) at No. 14 NC State (14-3, 3-1 ACC)
Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 | 6 p.m. | Raleigh, N.C.
PNC Arena (19,700) -- GAME IS SOLD OUT
SERIES RECORD: NC State leads 97-48
LAST MEETING: Clemson, 72-69 in OT (2/25/12)
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The last time NC State's No. 14 men's basketball team lost a game, it regrouped and reeled off 10 straight wins, for the program's longest winning streak since 1988-89. So second-year head coach Mark Gottfried has little doubt that his team can overcome its disappointing 51-50 loss at Maryland on Wednesday.
The Pack (14-3 overall, 3-1 ACC) returns to action for the first time since that loss on Sunday at 6 p.m., when it hosts Clemson (10-6, 2-2) at sold-out PNC Arena. And Gottfried thinks he knows how his team will react.
"When you are competitors, you can't wait to compete, especially after a tough loss," Gottfried said. "I don't have any concern that they won't be ready."
The Wolfpack, now tied for second in the ACC standings behind 4-0 Miami, is 10-5 over the last two seasons under Gottfried following a loss. It is looking to extend its home winning streak to 11 games.
Following its poor shooting performance against the Terrapins, which caused the Pack to fall from first to third in the national statistical rankings in team field-goal percentage, State is looking to get back to its high-percentage, fast-paced offense in front of its home crowd and an ESPNU audience.
"We have to make sure we bounce back with great energy," Gottfried said on Friday.
Junior guard Lorenzo Brown, coming off a pair of stellar performances, will be in charge of getting the Wolfpack offense going. He led the team with 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists against Maryland and had 12 points and 13 assists in last weekend's win over top-ranked Duke.
"Lorenzo is playing really well right now," Gottfried said. "He did a lot of good things for us on Wednesday night."
Brown and senior Richard Howell are both closing in on the 1,000-point career scoring mark. Each needs only 16 points to join teammates senior Scott Wood and junior C.J. Leslie among NC State's 43 all-time 1,000-point scorers.
Howell is also playing well for the Wolfpack, with five consecutive double-digit rebounding efforts. Howell, with eight double-doubles this season and 22 in his career, is one of two players in the ACC averaging double-figure points and rebounds.