Next game: N.C. State vs. No. 20 Florida State

February 18, 2012 

vs. No. 20 Florida State, 1 p.m., WRAL

Staying on the floor

Forward Richard Howell fouled out for the fourth time in ACC play Thursday night at Duke. He had company. Forward C.J. Leslie and guard C.J. Williams also fouled out for the Wolfpack, and all three spent a significant portion of the second half on State's bench while Duke was making its comeback.

"I thought the story of the game, though, and I'm not knocking the officiating, I'm not blaming them, (was) our foul trouble," coach Mark Gottfried said. "When we got into foul trouble and so much of it ... it affected every part of the game for us."

Gottfried said his team especially missed Leslie on Thursday. Leslie was limited to 25 minutes after playing at least 30 in each of the previous five ACC games. Williams played a season-low 12 minutes and scored just three points, after carrying the Wolfpack with 15 points in a 61-52 win at Georgia Tech on Feb. 9.

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