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December 29, 2011
NC State plays host to Campbell at Reynolds Coliseum tonight for its third and final game of the season in the historic venue. The team's three contests on campus are the most for the program since moving to the RBC Center full-time in the 1999-2000 campaign.
The Wolfpack have won their previous two games at Reynolds, topping Elon, 82-67 on Nov. 25 before turning away North Carolina Central, 65-60 on Dec. 11.
Tonight's 7 p.m. game will mark the tenth meeting between NC State and Campbell; and the ninth that takes place on campus. The Pack is 7-1 all-time against the Camels at Reynolds Coliseum and 8-1 overall. The two programs have not met since the 2004-05 season, when the nationally ranked Red and White earned a 99-44 victory at Reynolds Coliseum, behind 20 points off the bench from Cameron Bennerman and 16 from Julius Hodge.
Campbell's only win in the series came during the 1993-94 season when they notched a 72-69 victory in overtime.
Since the Pack moved to the RBC Center, NC State is 9-0 at Reynolds during the month of December; and the team hasn't lost in the Coliseum since 2002, a streak that spans 12 contests. Coach Mark Gottfried and company have already topped one Big South opponent this season when they beat preseason conference favorite UNC-Asheville, 84-75 in the season opener on Nov. 11 at the RBC Center.
The Camels, who have lost four straight, are led by junior transfer Darren White, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound wing formerly of James Madison. He is a 45 percent shooter from 3-point range and ranks 13th nationally with an average of 20.8 points per game. He has recorded double digits in the points column in every contest this season and has recorded 33 points twice this year - against North Carolina A&T and Methodist.
Campbell has lost its last five road games and are 2-5 away from home this season, but did record a 77-61 victory at Iowa on Nov. 23. That marked their second victory over a BCS conference school in the last two seasons; they beat Auburn last year. The Camels enter the game against NC State ranked fourth nationally in team field goal percentage (.516) and 25th in points scored (79.3 per game).
Campbell Fighting Camels (8-5, 2-0 Big South) vs. NC State Wolfpack (8-4)
Game time: Thursday, Dec. 29, 7 p.m. - Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C.
Television: ESPN3.com or TheACC.com
PG - 2 Lorenzo Brown (6-5, 189, Soph., 11.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 6.6 apg, 2.3 spg)
SG - 21 C.J. Williams (6-5, 224, Sr., 12.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.1 spg)
SF - 15 Scott Wood (6-6, 175, Jr., 12.2 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 1.3 apg)
PF - 5 C.J. Leslie (6-8, 209, Soph., 13.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.4 bpg, 0.9 apg, 1.1 spg)
C - 1 Richard Howell (6-8, 250, Jr., 11.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 0.8 spg)
PG - 1 Trey Freeman (6-2, 175, Fr., 16.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.2 apg)
SG - 3 Rico Ferguson (6-2, 185, Soph., 8.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.7 spg)
SF - Darren White (6-4, 210, Jr., 20.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.8 bpg)
PF - Marvelle Harris (6-6, 210, Soph., 4.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg)
C - Eric Griffin (6-8, 190, Sr, 17.9 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.3 bpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg)
Location: Buies Creek, N.C.
Nickname: Fighting Camels
2010-11 record: 12-19 (6-14 Big South)
2011 postseason: None
Coach: Robbie Laing 92-155 overall and at Campbell (ninth year)
Series: NC State leads 8-1
Last meeting: NC State won 99-44 on Nov. 11, 2004
Campbell: Star junior wing Darren White leads the Big South Conference with 20.8 points per game and has scored at least 20 points six times in 13 games this season ... Senior forward Eric Griffin leads the Big South in field goal accuracy (.650), rebounds (9.0 per game) and blocks (2.25) while he is fifth in scoring (17.9) ... Freshman point guard Trey Freeman ranks fifth among the nation's rookies with 16.1 points per game ... The Camels tallied four votes in the Dec. 19 CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 poll; they earned a spot in the rankings for the first time in school history on Dec. 12 when they checked in at No. 25 ... Campbell paces the Big South with 5.85 blocks per game and ranks second in free throw percentage (.697) ... Head coach Robbie Laing spent the 1993-94 season as an assistant coach at Clemson ... The team's projected starters have all been in the starting lineup for at least 12 contests this year; only eight players have logged starts for the Camels this campaign.
NC State: The team has won its previous two outings, which means that a win would give State its first three-game winning streak since it opened the season 3-0 ... Junior forward Richard Howell recorded his second double-double (14 points, 12 rebounds) of the year in the Pack's last game, a 88-59 victory over Northeastern; he also tallied his 500th career point in the contest ... Junior Scott Wood is 25-for-25 from the free throw line this season and is shooting an ACC-best 49 percent from three-point range (31-of-63) ... Sophomore point guard Lorenzo Brown paces the ACC in steals (2.3 per game) and ranks second in assists (6.6 per game); his 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio is fifth-best in the league ... The Wolfpack ranks third in the ACC with an average of 76.0 points per game ... NC State has had at least three players score in double figures in 11 out of its 12 games this season and five players average double-digit point totals.