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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
2nd Intermission
CAR 2
WAS 0
 
3rd
BOS 54
CHA 64
 
4th
IND 74
CLE 61
 
4th
PHI 66
WAS 61
 
3rd
BOS 54
CHA 64
 
3rd
TOR 31
GSW 56
 
3rd
DET 55
NYK 49
 
3rd
ATL 52
ORL 49
 
2nd
HOU 48
BRK 48
 
2nd
MEM 32
LAC 29
 
2nd
NOP 39
MIA 46
 
2nd
CHI 39
MIN 37
 
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UTA
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MIL
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Final
QUIN 73
SIENA 63
 
Final
CORN 57
HARV 49
 
2nd
CAN 62
FAIR 55
 
2nd
IONA 67
MAN 59
 
2nd
BRO 73
PENN 69
 
2nd
YALE 76
PRIN 60
 
2nd
MAR 59
PETE 52
 
1st
CLMB 34
DART 35
 
Half
AKR 27
OHIO 23
 
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CLST
VALPO
 
3rd
NJD 1
BOS 2
 
3rd
NYI 1
CAL 0
 
2nd Intermission
CAR 2
WAS 0
 
2nd
TAM 1
CHI 0
 
1st
DAL 0
COL 0
 
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