Virginia edges NC State, 58-55
Posted January 29, 2013
Charlottesville, Va. — FINAL: Virginia 58, NC State 55
Virginia took their first lead of the game midway through the second half and grinded out a win over NC State Tuesday in Charlottesville, 58-55.
3:52 2nd: Virginia 56, NC State 54
High screens and poor communication by the NC State defense have allowed Virginia to take a two-point lead at the final media timeout.
The Pack have no answer for Joe Harris who is now up to 22 points.
6:48 2nd: NC State 49, Virginia 45
Richard Howell has awoken inside and has a double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Scott Wood hit a 3-pointer to give NC State breathing room late in the second half.
Leslie is also in double-double range with 15 and 10 but also has a pair of fouls and five turnovers.
11:26 2nd: NC State 40, Virginia 40
Virginia claimed their first lead of the night at the 12:19 mark of the 2nd half, but Calvin Leslie's 3-point play put the Pack back up next trip down. The game is now knotted at the under-12 timeout.
Tyler Lewis has begun taking more possessions at the point since the last break. Neither he nor Purvis has committed a turnover tonight.
15:02 2nd: NC State 35, Virginia 34
Lorenzo Brown injured his ankle and will not return for NC State tonight leaving Rodney Purvis to run the point. Virginia is taking immediate advantage and has trimmed the margin to one.
Harris is starting to have his way inside and out against NC State, specifically Purvis, and has a game-high 15 points.
HALFTIME: NC State 31, Virginia 24
Sick or not, Calvin Leslie is leading NC State with eight points at halftime as the Pack fought their way to 31 points against a stingy Virginia defense.
Rodney Purvis and Richard Howell each have six points and Howell has seven boards as he is on his way to another double double.
Joe Harris has 12 points to lead Virginia scorers.
3:25 1st: NC State 22, Virginia 18
Rodney Purvis has hit two threes to pace the NC State offense but Virginia's gameplan has been well executed to keep the score low at the final media timeout of the first half.
7:37 1st NC State 17, Virginia 11
After sensing a momentum drop, Virginia called a timeout and responded with a put-back off an offensive miss and got the crowd back up. NC State still leads at the under-8, 17-11.
Leslie made a two and Tyler Lewis hit an open three off the bench after Lo Brown took a seat with some sort of injury. NC State has had seven players touch the court and all have made exactly one field goal.
11:29 1st: NC State 12, Virginia 7
Calvin Leslie checked in at the 13:46 mark but made little impact as NC State continues to lead a low-scoring affair in Charlottesville.
All five NC State starters have made one field goal but three turnovers are preventing any lead from growing.
15:09 1st: NC State 7, Virginia 4
Virginia has deliberately tried to slow the pace in the early going but NC State got a three from Scott Wood that represents the difference in the opening five minutes of play.
TJ Warren, starting for Calvin Leslie, has a bucket and a turnover. Richard Howell has also scored.
20:00 1st: NC State at Virginia
Calvin Leslie has been battling flu-like symptoms and will not start tonight against Virginia.
NC State's starting five will be Brown, Warren, Wood, Purvis and Howell.
The No. 19 NC State Wolfpack aim at their first-ever victory at John Paul Jones Arena when they tangle with the Virginia Cavaliers in an Atlantic Coast Conference bout on Tuesday.
Although the Wolfpack hold an 81-58 all-time series edge versus Virginia, the Cavaliers are 35-23 against NC State in Charlottesville, including a 4-0 mark at JPJA. NC State is the only winless ACC team at JPJA. This will be a match- up of offenses on opposite sides of the ledger. NC State boasts the top scoring offense in the ACC at 79.8 points per game, while Virginia is posting a mere 62.8 points per contest.
Mark Gottfried's Wolfpack has not been playing up to their potential in recent weeks. Since upsetting Duke by eight points, they have gone 2-2 with road losses at Maryland (51-50) and Wake Forest (86-84) to go along with home victories over Clemson (66-62) and North Carolina (91-83). The win over the Tar Heels boosted NC State to 16-4 overall, including its 5-2 mark in ACC action. Although the team leads the conference and is sixth among Division I schools in scoring offense, it is second to last in the ACC on the other end of the court, allowing 70.2 points per game.
The inconsistent play will most likely not last too long for the Wolfpack due to their unbelievable scoring depth. C.J. Leslie, Lorenzo Brown, Richard Howell, Scott Wood, and T.J. Warren are all carrying double-digit scoring averages into this one, while Rodney Purvis is sitting at 9.8 ppg. Brown (20 points, 11 assists), Howell (16 points, 14 rebounds), and Leslie (17 points, 10 rebounds) all notched double-doubles to push NC State past UNC.
Tony Bennett's Cavaliers collected their third win in a row with a 65-51 victory over Boston College on Saturday. The decision pushed Virginia to 14-5 overall, including its 4-2 mark in ACC action. It will try to carry on that momentum on Tuesday at JPJA, where it is 12-1 on the season. The Cavaliers are allowing a mere 51.1 points per game to rank second in the nation in scoring defense.
Still, the team has a formidable inside/outside game in the form of guard Joe Harris and forward Akil Mitchell. Harris leads the team in scoring at 14.8 ppg and is shooting .467 from behind the arc (42-of-90). Mitchell nets 12.3 ppg and ranks among the ACC's best in rebounding (fourth in the conference at 8.8 rpg). Harris was cold versus BC, going 3-of-9 from the floor for just seven points. However, Mitchell tallied 16 points and six boards, while Justin Anderson poured in 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting off the bench. Freshman forward Evan Nolte continued to show progression despite foul trouble, netting nine points in just 11 minutes of action.
The Wolfpack are the better team on paper, but their troubles away from home may continue to haunt them in this one. Nolte may end up being the x-factor for Virginia, as his presence as a third scoring option makes the defensive- minded Cavaliers a much more complete squad. However, this could be a statement game for NC State, which wants to get back to ACC-elite status.