Purvis Scores Career-High as Pack MBB Wins 20th Game of Season
Feb. 27, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State freshman Rodney Purvis came off the bench to score a career-high 21 points to lead the Wolfpack to a 82-64 victory over Boston College on Wednesday night at PNC Arena, for the team's 20th win of the season.
Purvis scored frequently in a well-oiled offense led by junior Lorenzo Brown, who had six assists and 11 points on the night.
Brown, with three steals, also energized the Wolfpack's defense, which limited Boston College's dribble penetration all night and held the Eagles to 38.9 percent shooting from the field.
"I thought the biggest key for us tonight was our defense and how hard we played, especially to start the second half," said second-year head coach Mark Gottfried. "We had a lot of deflections and tips and that helped us get things going in our offense.
"We guarded the ball well all night."
Senior Scott Wood added 17 points for the Pack, thanks to five 3-pointers on the night. It's the sixth time this season he's made five or more in a game. He now has a total of 312 in his four years with the Wolfpack, drawing him within 10 of all-time leading scorer Rodney Monroe's school record of 322.
Wood has made 19 3-pointers in the Pack's last four contests.
None was more important than his 3-pointer at the end of the first half, after Boston College had crept within 3-points of the Pack's lead. After a timeout, the Pack had a play set for Wood, but his 3-point attempt with three seconds to play was blocked.
He managed to rebound the ball and put it back up for another 3-pointer that went through the basket as the buzzer sounded.
"That was a huge shot for us, because they had gotten close as the half ended," Gottfried said. "Scott has been huge for us here lately."
The Wolfpack (20-8 overall, 9-6 ACC) raced out to a 22-6 lead to open the game, as State's defense shut down the Eagles. Leslie and Howell blocked two shots each and BC shot under 30 percent from the field for the first 15 minutes of the game.
But an eight-point run by the Eagles, which included a pair of 3-pointers, got them back into the game, cutting State's lead to just three points with 29.9 seconds remaining before intermission.
Wood's off-balance 3-pointer gave his team a 33-27 lead at the half. The Eagles kept it close in the first two minutes of the second half, until the Pack reeled off 10 straight points and never looked back.
The Pack, which never trailed after Boston College hit the game's first basket, shot a blistering 64.5 percent from the floor in the second half, stretching its lead out to 25 points with 3:26 remaining.
NC State returns to action on Sunday, when it travels to play at Georgia Tech in a 6 p.m. contest. The Pack closes out its home schedule next Wednesday as the team recognizes Wood, Howell and Jay Lewis on Senior Night.