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Wolfpack Welcomes 'Fire,' 'Ice' Back To Basketball Court

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The highlight of North Carolina State's annual Red-White intrasquad basketball scrimmage Saturday could be the return of Chris "Fire" Corchiani and Rodney "Ice" Monroe, whose jerseys will be honored in a special halftime ceremony.

The game will be held at 1 p.m. at the RBC Center and should conclude by 2:30 p.m.

Corchiani became the first player in NCAA history to record 1,000 assists, finishing his career with 1,038. He still ranks second in Atlantic Coast Conference history with 328 steals.

Corchiani, a point guard, was the "fire" to Monroe's "ice" from 1988-91.

Monroe, the 1991 ACC player of the year, still ranks as the all-time leading scorer in N.C. State history with 2,551 points -- the third-best mark in ACC history. He also is one of the top long-range shooters in league history, shooting43.6 percent from 3-point range -- the third-best by an ACC player.

Commemorative "Fire and Ice" posters, Wolfpack Thundersticks, T-shirts and 2003-04 men's basketball posters and schedule cards will be handed out to fans in attendance. Two N.C. State students will compete in a halftime "Fire-and-Ice Shootout" for a chance to win cash prizes from RBC Centura, Wolfpack gear and 2004 ACC Tournament tickets.

The scrimmage will be divided into two 12-minute halves, with several players switching teams at halftime. The competition will be Wolfpack fans' first chance to see the Wolfpack newcomers in action and will mark Ilian Evtimov's first time back on the RBC court since he suffered a knee injury almost a year ago.

Doors open at noon, and admission is free. Fans will need to use their football parking passes or park in the public parking at thefairgrounds.

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