|Off Reb Rate||21.9||31.7|
Calvin Leslie scored a career-high 33 points on 10-13 shooting and went to the free throw line 18 times, Scott Wood continued his hot shooting from the Stanford game, and NC State picked up an easy win over St. Bonaventure on Saturday. Have to say, I feared this might be a tight game throughout, but this offense is on a streak right now that few teams could keep up with. St. Bonaventure was no exception.
State scored more than 40 points in each half, and this was despite the fact that Richard Howell went scoreless and played just 12 minutes thanks to foul trouble.T.J. Warren continued to do his thing, making two-thirds of his field goal attempts and missing three-quarters of his free throws. He has really got to work on that whole free throw thing, as does Rodney Purvis. It's not hurting the team in games like this, but it's going to prove costly in conference play if they can't become better at the line. But that said, it's worth noting that Calvin made 13 of 18 free throw attempts, and file this one away, because you'll never see a single-game performance like that again. Strong work, Calvin. Strong work.
Thanks in large part to Leslie, State made 61.9% of its twos against a defense that had limited opponents to 43.3% shooting inside the arc prior to this game.
NC State shot 62.9% at the free throw line, got nothing from Richard Howell, and still scored 1.2 points per possession. That's pretty incredible, even against a mediocre defensive opponent.
NC State's defense wasn't bad, either. Conger and Johnson made just five of 18 shots and were essentially non-factors, and while St. Bonaventure did control the glass, the 31.7% offensive rebound rate that NC State allowed is by no means bad, especially with Howell missing so much time.
This was probably the last potential challenge before conference play--the Bonnies are No. 70 in the Pomeroy Ratings, while NC State's next two opponents are in the 200s. The Pack will be favored in every game between now and its date with Duke on Jan. 12.