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NCAA Game Summary - Western Michigan at North Carolina State



(Saturday, December 29th)

Final Score: (23) North Carolina State 84, Western Michigan 68

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - C.J. Leslie scored 19 points to lead five Wolfpack players in double figures, as 23rd-ranked North Carolina State cruised to an 84-68 win over Western Michigan.

Richard Howell had 18 points on 8-of-8 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds for the Wolfpack (10-2), who extended their winning streak to six games. T.J. Warren contributed 15 points, Scott Wood finished with 11 and Lorenzo Brown added 10.

Nate Hutcheson paced the Broncos (8-5) with 16 points, while Shayne Whittington supplied 14 and nine boards. Darius Paul donated a 12-point, 10- rebound double-double in Western Michigan's fourth loss in six games.

"The difference between the first half and the second half was North Carolina State's defense," Western Michigan coach Steve Hawkins admitted. "They picked up the pressure a whole lot more in the second half and took us out of rhythm a little bit."

The Broncos erased an eight-point deficit in the first half and moved ahead 24-21 on a Connar Tava layup with 9:33 remaining. Consecutive baskets by Warren gave NC State a 32-28 lead, but Western Michigan's Austin Richie tied the game with two easy layups.

Leslie, the reigning ACC Player of the Week, then ignited a 9-0 run with a three-point play. Warren and Howell followed with back-to-back dunks before Leslie concluded the burst with two free throws.

"Early in the game, (the Broncos) disrupted what we do," said NC State coach Mark Gottfried. "We can't be a team that turns it off and on like that."

NC State was up 43-36 at halftime and grabbed its first double-digit lead, 49-38, on Rodney Purvis' one-handed slam.

The Wolfpack continued to pull away and Leslie's tip-in gave the home team its largest lead at 75-54.

Game Notes

NC State has won eight straight home games and improved to 6-1 all-time against Mid-American Conference opponents ... Leslie surpassed 1,000 career points ... Western Michigan held a 42-32 rebounding edge, including a 22-10 discrepancy on the offensive glass.

12/29 23:20:49 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
DUR 4
CHR 2
 
7th
PIT 5
CHC 5
 
Final
PHI 7
MIA 3
 
8th
WAS 1
STL 0
 
8th
TOR 13
BAL 4
 
8th
DET 1
NYY 4
 
8th
NYM 7
ATL 1
 
9th
TAM 0
BOS 1
 
5th
MIL 4
CIN 8
 
6th
CWS 1
CLE 2
 
6th
KAN 3
MIN 2
 
4th
COL 0
SDP 2
 
1st
ARI 0
TEX 0
 
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
OAK
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SEA
HOU
10:15pm Tonight
SFG
LOS
Final
CLE 99
BOS 91
 
3rd
TOR 61
WAS 66
 
9:30pm Tonight
HOU
DAL
Final
DET 3
TAM 0
 
3rd
NYI 1
WAS 1
 
9:30pm Tonight
CHI
NAS
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CAL
VAN
Final
DUR 4
CHR 2