RALEIGH — New N.C. State basketball coach Mark Gottfried was welcomed by fans Saturday night at the RBC Center.
In his first appearance on the bench as coach, Gottfried introduced a different brand of basketball from recent years. N.C. State played fast, maybe even too fast at times for Gottfried, in the annual Red-White scrimmage following the football team's 13-0 win over rival North Carolina.
About 10,000 saw the White team win each of the three 12-minute periods (26-22, 30-25 and 30-29).
N.C. State will play its lone exhibition game Monday against Flagler at 7 p.m.
"The lower bowl was pretty much full," Gottfried said of the atmosphere. "It was nice to see, and that makes me feel great."
Gottfried was mostly quiet as he watched his team during the event. When he did speak, Gottfried demanded his team to push the tempo.
"We had some good fast-break opportunities," he said. "We're trying to run, and it's a little something different for our guys.
The fans seemed to appreciate Gottfried's approach. Running the offense quicker did create some entertaining moments for the Wolfpack.
Center Jordan Vandenberg was able to display his athleticism.
Vandenberg, at 7-feet-1 and 285 pounds, made a sweeping right-handed hook shot that created a buzz in the arena. Then he beat his defender down the court for a two-handed dunk.
"We want the ball to go inside a lot," Gottfried said. "I liked Jordan's hook shot and it's something (we've) been spending a lot of time with him on."
One of the biggest takeaways from the scrimmage was the play of the guards.
Alex Johnson, who transferred from California State Bakersfield, was able to drive to the basket for easy points.
"I was just trying to have fun," said Johnson, who finished with 23 points and five assists. "(Gottfried) really wants us to be an up-tempo team. I think we're getting comfortable with it."
Gottfried praised Johnson after the scrimmage.
"He was one of the best players on the floor," Gottfried said.
Guard Lorenzo Brown, who was second on the team in minutes played and fourth in scoring last season, finished with 21 points and eight assists. .
Staats Battle, a walk-on freshman guard who played at Broughton High School, was cheered by his hometown fans for making two 3-pointers in the second period.
"It was awesome to be out here," he said. "I know once I get open I need to make them."
Forwards C.J. Leslie (19 points, 12 rebounds) and Richard Howell (12 points, six rebounds), both expected to be key contributors, showed flashes with strong low-post moves in the paint.
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