Pack Completes Home Schedule with 16-1 Mark, as Leslie Posts 9th Double-Double of Season
March 6, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - Junior C.J. Leslie had 19 points and 10 rebounds as NC State completed its 2012-13 home schedule with an 81-66 victory over Wake Forest at PNC Arena on Wednesday night.
The Pack is 16-1 at home this season, its second most wins since posting a 17-3 home record in 1999-2000, its inaugural season at PNC Arena.
Coupled with earlier home wins this year against North Carolina and Duke, the decisive victory gave the Pack (22-8 overall, 11-6 ACC) its first home sweep of its Big Four brethren for the first time since 1988-89, when the Pack still played in Reynolds Coliseum under the guidance of head coach Jim Valvano.
The Pack has now won six of its last seven games. It also has 11 ACC regular-season wins for the first time since 2003-04 and is one away from the school record of 12 conference wins, which has happened four previous times, most recently in the 1973-74 NCAA Championship season. This is the first season of the ACC's 18-game league schedule.
After a ragged start, the Wolfpack blew by the Demon Deacons halfway through the first half and continued to build on its double-digit halftime lead, thanks to a balanced second-half attack.
"We did start a little slow, and they were pretty good on offense to start the game," said second-year head coach Mark Gottfried. "We started putting pressure on them a little bit and I thought in the last 16 minutes of the first half, we played very well defensively.
"We didn't play as well defensively in the second half."
Leslie had 11 at the half, the only player for either team to hit double digits before intermission. The Pack finished with a 46.7 to 37.0 advantage in shooting percentage, despite missing seven of its first 11 shots.
It was Leslie's ninth double-double of the season. As a team, the Pack has an ACC-leading 33 double-doubles on the season.
"It was a good win for us tonight," Gottfried said. "We are playing pretty well and this a good time to be clicking. We just have to keep working hard and getting better."In their final home game at PNC Arena, seniors Scott Wood had eight points, Richard Howell had nine points and five rebounds and Jay Lewis came off the bench to make his second 3-pointer of the season.
The Pack got into the game with 3-point shooting, making four of seven from beyond the arc in the first half, including a four-point play by Wood, who moved into a tie for eighth place in ACC history with the 313th three-pointer of his career. He now trails NC State's all-time career scoring leader Rodney Monroe by nine for the school record of 323.
Wake led 14-12 midway through the first half, until the Pack heated up from the field. Purvis tied the game 15-15 with a fade-away 3-pointer in the corner, setting off a 27-10 blitz by the Pack.
State took its 39-24 lead into intermission and came out with a steal by Brown and a jam by Leslie, forcing Wake to call timeout just 30 seconds into the second half. Wake never got closer than 16 points in the second half.
The Pack will end the regular season on Saturday at 2 p.m. when it travels to Tallahassee, Fla., to face Florida State. The game will be broadcast by ESPN2.
Next week, the Pack travels to Greensboro for the 60th-annual ACC Tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum, beginning next Thursday. Pairings are not yet finalized.