RALEIGH, N.C. - Scott Wood opened NC State's only preseason exhibition game with a three-pointer and added a steady stream of long-range shots all evening, as the Wolfpack downed NCAA Division II Flagler College 102- 61 on Monday at the RBC Center.
Wood, a junior shooter from Marion, Ind., hit six threes in eight attempts in the opening half en route to a game-high 24 points in 31 minutes of action for the Wolfpack. Wood didn't attempt a 3-pointer in the second half, but made a pair of jumpers and two free throws to add to his 18 first-half points.
Sophomore point guard Lorenzo Brown was the catalyst for the Pack's offense, getting seven of his game-high eight assists in the opening period.
Wood and Brown were in the starting lineup along with juniors Richard Howell and Jordan Vandenberg and senior C.J. Williams as first-year coach Mark Gottfried gave Wolfpack fans a glimpse of what to expect when the season tips off in four days, when his team hosts UNC Asheville on Friday at 7 p.m.
Sophomore forward C.J. Leslie entered the lineup three and a half minutes into the contest and went on to add 16 points and five rebounds for the Pack. Williams added 10 points and five assists. Howell added seven points and a game-high seven rebounds.
"As we evaluate this game, we'll see that we did a lot of things well, but there're things we'll have to do better," Gottfried said. "We shared the ball well, with 24 assists on 37 baskets. I thought we were an unselfish team. I thought we made some good adjustments at halftime and guarded the ball better in the second half.
"That was a good scrappy team for us to play going into Friday's opener."
As a team, the Wolfpack shot more than 60 percent from the field in the first half and finished the game at 56.9 percent. In the second half, the Pack held Flagler to just 29 percent shooting from the field.
Guard Alex Johnson was the first freshman to enter the lineup, at the 15:17 mark, with Thomas de Thaey at the next dead ball. Johnson scored six points, while de Thaey had eight. But freshman Tyler Harris, who did not play in the first half, came off the bench to add 10 points in the second half to become the Wolfpack's top-scoring newcomer, including a dunk near the end of the contest that gave his team its 100th point.
The Wolfpack reserves tried to make their impression on the new coaching staff, as Johnson led a 36-8 run to end the game. Junior DeShawn Painter was the fifth player to hit double figures, getting six of his 10 points in the second half.
"Everybody on the court was playing to earn more playing time," Gottfried said. "That's important early in the season, to get out there and play hard."
Friday's opening opponent will feature a familiar face to long-time Wolfpack fans on the opposing sideline. The Bulldogs are coached by former Wolfpack All-ACC guard Eddie Biedenbach, who was also an assistant coach under NC State head coaches Norm Sloan and Les Robinson. Biedenbach guided his team to a 20-14 record, a Big South championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament last spring.
"What's important for us to realize is that this is a pretty good team we are facing," Gottfried said. "They have four starters returning from a team that went to the NCAA tournament. They have two good senior guards.
"They're a solid basketball team that will be a good challenge for us."