Pack Looks To Rebound Against Texas At TicketCity Legends Classic
Nov. 20, 2011
NC State (3-1) vs. Texas (2-1)
TicketCity Legends Classic
IZOD Center East Rutherford, N.J.
NC STATE-TEXAS, THE SERIES: Texas leads the all-time series 2-1. State’s only win came in the 1986 Great Alaska Shootout, a 69-68 decision over the Longhorns. UT’s first win in the series was a 101-93 decision to capture the 1978 NIT crown. Texas’ other win in the series was another postseason triumph for the Longhorns as they bounced the Wolfpack from the 2006 NCAA Tournament with a 75-54 decision.
LAST TIME OUT: Sophomore forward C.J. Leslie made his season debut in impressive fashion scoring 20 points and grabbing five rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Wolfpack suffered its first defeat of the season to No. 18.Vanderbilt, 86-79. Leslie came off the bench to spark the NC State offense, connecting on 7-of-9 from the field and 6-of-10 from the stripe with five rebounds. Junior forward Richard Howell added 16 and sophomore guard Lorenzo Brown chipped 13. Vandy’s John Jenkins, who connected on 4-of-9 from three-point range, led all scorers with 28 points, while Lance Gouldbourne had 15 points (13 in the second half) and Brad Tinsley contributed 14 in the Commodore win.
FRESHMAN HARRIS GETS THE STARTING NOD: With Scott Wood out with a sprained ankle, Tyler Harris got his first starting assignment against Vanderbilt. The Dix Hills, N.Y., native scored seven points on 3-of-9 shooting and was 1-of-2 from the charity stripe in 28 minutes of action both of which are career bests.
THE IZOD CENTER UNKIND TO THE WOLFPACK: Saturday’s setback at the Izod Center was the third straight for the Wolfpack at the facility. NC State’s last victory at the venue came on November 11, 1997 when the Pack defeated Georgia in the Ikon Coaches VS. Cancer Classic.
However the IZOD Center was part of the Wolfpack’s magical run to the 1983 national title, when it defeated 20th-ranked West Virginia, 67-59, on Dec. 28, 1982.
FINISHING THE GAUNLET: Monday’s game with Texas concludes a tough opening stretch for the Wolfpack in which it played five games in 11 days.