Monday, January 18, 2010

Wolfpack coach wants more from Horner, Gonzalez

Dennis Horner and Javier Gonzalez combined to score two points in 23 minutes for N.C. State in Saturday's 73-70 loss to Clemson.

Wolfpack coach Sidney Lowe said he needs more from the two starters who are averaging a total of 21.4 points per game.

"We talked about how much we need them and how they have to play," Lowe said Monday on the ACC teleconference. "They understand that."

Lowe said Horner has been bothered by a sore right knee. Horner had both surgically repaired in the summer. He re-injured his right knee against Virginia on Jan. 9 and did not practice on Monday.

"I know Dennis has been bothered by his knee," Lowe said. "It really hasn't been well."

Lowe said Gonzalez, who also struggled against Florida State, had a "great" practice on Monday and said he did not have plans to change the starting lineup, despite the production from Julius Mays, who has 29 points in the past two games.

"We're not at the point right now," Lowe said.

-- J.P. Giglio