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Top 25: No. 25 N.C. State 80, Cleveland State 63
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Raleigh, N.C. • Richard Howell had 17 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 25 North Carolina State beat Cleveland State 80-63 on Saturday in its annual return to Reynolds Coliseum.

C.J. Leslie scored a team-high 19 for the Wolfpack (6-2), who shot 55 percent and led by double figures most of the afternoon. Freshman T.J. Warren added 16 points, part of a balanced offensive showing for N.C. State.

Reynolds was the Wolfpack's home for 50 years before the program moved off campus to PNC Arena for the 1999-2000 season. But the school typically has played at least one game a year at Reynolds for the past decade as a nod to the program's tradition.

N.C. State improved to 14-0 in the building since its move.

Charlie Lee scored 15 to lead the Vikings (6-3), who got no closer than 10 points after halftime.

Cleveland State, a Horizon League program, played its third straight game without preseason all-conference pick Anton Grady. The 6-foot-8 sophomore is expected to miss at least four weeks because of a knee injury sustained against Robert Morris on Nov. 20.

His absence made it tougher for the Vikings to match up inside with Leslie and Howell.

Howell, a 6-8 senior, finished 7 of 11 from the field and posted his third double-double in four games. Leslie, a 6-9 junior, finished 7 of 8 from the field to go with eight rebounds.

Warren added two 3-pointers, the second to beat the shot clock and push the Wolfpack's lead to 73-55 with 4 minutes, 44 seconds left. —

Top 25 basketball • N.C. State shot 55 percent from the floor in the win.
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