Pack Basketball Rolls to 80-57 Victory in Spain
Aug. 8, 2012
MADRID, Spain - Playing its second game in as many days against Spanish team CB Torrejon, the NC State men's basketball team showed marked improvement on both ends of the floor Wednesday evening in a 80-57 exhibition game victory.
Led by junior Lorenzo Brown's 17 points and 10 assists, the Wolfpack was more composed than in Tuesday's 83-76 opening victory and much more acclimated to both the warm weather and the European style of play.
"Even though we played yesterday, we seemed fresher today," said Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried. "They really gave us trouble in the first game, but today our guys got down the floor and contained the ball much better.
"Our defense, especially early in the game, was much better."
The Pack opened up a quick 25-14 lead in the first period and owned a 42-27 lead at intermission.
Four Wolfpack players scored in double figures, led by the recuperating Brown, who had knee surgery in early July, but has been the team's leader in the first two contests of the five-game exhibition tour.
Senior Richard Howell was strong inside, posting a team-high 12 rebounds along with eight points. And significantly, he had no fouls in the contest. Leslie posted a double-double, adding 10 rebounds to go with his scoring.
The Wolfpack will take a day off on Thursday and fly to the Canary Islands, where the will prepare for three games in four days.
Friday's and Sunday's games will also be broadcast on HD radio at 99.9 The Ticket and at WRALsportsfan.com. Both are slated to begin at noon (EST).