tribe travels to no. 21/22 nc state
Williamsburg - The William and Mary men’s basketball team will continue its difficult start to the 2007-08 season when the Tribe travels to its second straight top-25 opponent in No. 21/22 N.C. State on Thursday, Nov. 15. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.
W&M opened the season with a 68-53 loss at No. 5 Georgetown despite playing the Hoyas tight. The College led during a good portion of the first half and trailed by only two with fewer than 10 minutes remaining in the contest. The game on Thursday will mark the regular-season opener for N.C. State, who moved up to No. 22 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll this week and stayed at No. 21 in the Associated Press Top 25. The Wolfpack tallied a pair of easy exhibition wins over Barton College and UNC Pembroke prior to facing the Tribe.
The Tribe-Wolfpack match up will be shown live over the Internet via ACCSelect.com. Fans can purchase the ACC Select monthly all-event pass for $9.99 or the annual pass for $69.99. A single game is also available for $4.99. The live webstreaming can be ordered by clicking HERE.
ACCSelect.com is a partnership among Turner Broadcasting, Raycom Sports and Lincoln Financial in cooperation with the Atlantic Coast Conference and its member schools to broadcast events online that are not televised.
Live stats will also be available for the game by following the link on the schedule page at TribeAthletics.com or by visiting GoPack.com. The game can be heard over the Tribe Radio Network with Jay Colley and Charlie Woollum on the call. The broadcast can be followed live over the Internet at TribeAthletics.com.
Scouting N.C. State
The Wolfpack will open the 2007-08 season against the Tribe on Thursday, Nov. 15. N.C. State went 20-16 last season and earned a berth in the National Invitational Tournament in its first season under the direction of head coach Sidney Lowe. Most of the Wolfpack’s damage came at home last season where they went 14-6.
Four starters return from last season for NCSU. Brandon Costner was a Freshman All-American and All-ACC selection in 2007. Prior to this season, he was one of 50 players named to the Wooden Award Pre-Season Watch List. He led the Pack in scoring last season at 16.8 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Gavin Grant, Ben McCauley and Courtney Fells also return as starters for N.C. State. All three averaged double-digits last season as Grant hit for 14.7 points per game, following by McCauley’s 14.4 and Fells’ 10.9.
NCSU added impact players to the lineup in the form of McDonald’s All-American J.J. Hickson and Iowa State transfer Farnold Degand. The Wolfpack also received the news that freshman guard Javi Gonzalez, who was the Florida 6A State Player of the Year, would return to action in the opener after missing most of the preseasn with an injury.
N.C. State wrapped up the exhibition portion its schedule following a 94-57 win over Barton College and a 76-41 victory over UNC Pembroke. The Wolfpack shot over 50 percent from the field in both victories. Against Barton, the Pack shot 58.6 percent from the floor, while connecting on 56.6 percent vs. UNC Pembroke.
The Wolfpack placed five players in double figures in its exhibition opener against Barton College. Costner led the way with 22 points, while fellow starters Fells and Grant had 16 and 14 points, respectively. Hickson and Tracy Smith both had 11 points. Grant also led NCSU with seven rebounds, while Degan led the way with six assists.
N.C. State used a balanced attack in its second exhibition victory over UNC Pembroke. Seven different Wolfpack players scored at least eight points in the victory led by the 11 points of Hickson. Costner and Grant each had 10 points apiece in the win.