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December 14, 2013

NC State returns to action against Detroit

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NC State 2013-14 roster

NC State schedule/results

NC State season stats

Detroit roster

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Detroit season stats

Game facts

Detroit (5-5) at NC State (6-2)

Game time: Saturday, Dec. 14, 6 p.m. — Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh

Television: ESPN3.com

Probable starters

NC State
PG — 2 Anthony Barber (6-2, 170, Fr.,13.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.9 apg)
SG — 5 Desmond Lee (6-4, 200, Jr., 11.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg)
SF — 24 T.J. Warren (6-8, 215, Soph., 22.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 0.5 apg, 1.8 spg)
PF — 10 Lennard Freeman (6-8, 245, Fr., 4.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.1 apg)
C — 14 Jordan Vandenberg (7-1, 245, 5th-Sr., 8.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, 3.0 bpg)

PG — 23 Carlton Brundidge (6-2, 202, R-Soph., 9.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg)
SG — 11 Jarod Williams (6-2, 168, Fr., 8.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 spg)
SF — 2 Juwan Howard Jr. (6-6, 210, R-Jr., 16.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.3 apg)
PF — 33 Evan Bruinsma (6-8, 214, Sr., 12.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.0 bpg)
C — 15 Ugochukwu Njoku (6-10, 220, Sr., 4.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 0.3 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.9 bpg)


Location: Detroit, Mich.

Nickname: Titans

2012-13 record: 20-13, 12-4 Horizon (second)

2013 postseason: Lost in first round of NIT

Coach: Ray McCallum 91-85 at Detroit (sixth season) and 261-234 overall (16th season)

Series: NC State leads series 1-0.

Last meeting: NC State won 84-78 on March 14, 1978, in the NIT Tournament at Reynolds Coliseum.


Detroit: Detroit has played five road games this season, including falling 101-55 to UConn on Nov. 14, but defeating South Florida 65-60 on Nov. 30. The Titans are coming off a 70-68 win over Rhode Island on Dec. 8 … Junior small forward Juwan Howard Jr., the son of the former NBA player, had 17 points and eight rebounds against Rhode Island. Senior power forward Evan Bruinsma added 15 points and freshman shooting guard Matthew Grant added 11 off the bench. The Titans shot just 1 of 12 from three-point land in the win … Howard started off his career at Western Michigan before transferring after the 2010-11 season. He averaged 7.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game last year. He is shooting 37.4 percent from the field and 27.3 from beyond the arc, but is a blistering 86.5 at the free-throw line. He poured in 25 points against Stony Brook on Nov. 24, and had 23 in the previous game against Toledo Nov. 23 … Bruinsma exploded for 32 points and 14 rebounds in the 104-102 triple overtime loss to Stony Brook. He also had 25 points and 14 rebounds in the rematch at Toledo Dec. 4. He averaged 5.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last year … The Detroit backcourt got reworked after Ray McCallum Jr. went pro a year early and was drafted in the second round by the Sacramento Kings. Then Jason Calliste, a former Winston-Salem (N.C.) Quality Education Academy product, graduated and transferred to Oregon. Michigan transfer Carlton Brundidge has settled in at point guard, and Danville, Va., freshman Jarod Williams starts at shooting guard. The latter, who played for the Richmond Squires, has scored in double figures in four games this season … Rivals.com ranked Brundidge the No. 106 overall player in the country in the class of 2011. Fellow recruiting classmate Trey Burke won the starting point guard job and Brundidge left after one year to Detroit. Brundidge had a season-high 22 points and four three-pointers in a 71-67 win at James Madison on Nov. 19 … Former Red Springs (N.C.) Flora MacDonald standout Anton Wilson, who NC State heavily evaluated, comes off the bench to provide three-point shooting (40 percent). Wilson had 16 points and four three-pointers against Toledo, and had 21 points and went 4 of 5 on three-pointers in a 106-51 win over Michigan-Dearborn on Nov. 11 … Grant, who played at Los Angeles Westchester, also plays in the backcourt and has cracked double figures in six games with a season-high 15 at UConn … Ugochukwu Njoku, a former junior college transfer, has blocked at least two shots in five games, including five against Michigan-Dearborn. He has scored eight points in two games.

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