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Virginia edges NC State, 58-55

Posted January 29, 2013

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.

Pregame

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. N.C. State Logo More NCSU Stories

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.

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  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jan 29, 9:37 p.m.

    Will not make excuses, perhaps we could have won if Brown had not gotten injured. But... View More

    — Posted by tayled

    State is hardly a bubble team. I was surprised to see Warren mouth off at Howell; I didn't think Warren was like that. At any rate, don't count out your Pack. There's a lot of basketball left to be played. Most teams are playing for a berth in the Dance at this point in the year.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Jan 29, 9:35 p.m.

    "BREAKING NEWS" on WRAL. State sucks after big wins with dook and Carolina........... View More

    — Posted by rlewis2

    So according to your statement, if State beat Carowhina and they suck, then what does that make the tarholes then?

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Jan 29, 9:33 p.m.

    and it's ANOTHER CAROLINA HANGOVER

    — Posted by Heelraiser RIP

    I wouldn't go that far. If Brown had not got injured, this could have had a completely... View More

    — Posted by FatherofFour

    I don't think losing to UVA was a result of any "hangover" from beating Carolina. State played well, and did well even without Brown for 3/4th of the game. Between Brown going out and Leslie playing with the flu, on the road, State put up a good fight, and only lost by 3.

    All this said, Virginia does deserve credit for winning this game. They have a preddt dang good record in the ACC.

  • rlewis2 Jan 29, 9:31 p.m.

    "BREAKING NEWS" on WRAL. State sucks after big wins with dook and Carolina........

  • FatherofFour Jan 29, 9:30 p.m.

    Both teams played hard with great heart tonight. UVA has to be congratulated. State did miss... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    Agreed. Everyone keeps pointing out that State was picked to finish 1st in the conference, but that was by the media and coaches. I, and I think a lot of other fans were a bit skeptical of that prediction. Even though we are now 16-5, I am happy with that as opposed to previous years. 5-3 in conference halfway through is not bad either. Sure, I would have loved to have went undefeated, been ranked #1 in the country all season, but I never expected it to happen. UVA played a good game tonight. They used their style of play to their advantage, and the fact that Brown was out made it even easier for them to do. If Brown can come back healthy, I still expect us to have a respectable season, make the NCAA tourney and win a couple of games. Speaking as someone who has been a Pack fan for many years, that is a great year. I am happy with Coach Gott and expect him to continue to recruit and improve the team over the next few years. I, for one, am looking to the future, and not expecting an overnight national championship.

  • Lux Libertas Jan 29, 9:30 p.m.

    State college won their basketball "Super Bowl" on Saturday night. Their season has likely peaked. They should have rushed the court when they lad the chance LOL

  • Obamacare rises Jan 29, 9:29 p.m.

    Wow, NC State sucks. A team like Creighton or VA Commonwealth will dispose of these pretenders in the NCAA tournament.

  • mxteam44 Jan 29, 9:28 p.m.

    Dang! Didn't get to see but the last 4 minutes of the game. Looked like Zo was really missed tonight. The crazy ACC season continues!

  • tayled Jan 29, 9:25 p.m.

    Every game that is on TV, they talk about how great a shooter Wood is. He is mediocre at best.... View More

    — Posted by tayled

    What I do not understand is why he does not use his reputation to his advantage. He is also one... View More

    — Posted by FatherofFour

    I've been saying that for 2+ years now. With his almost automatic touch at the line, if he would get to the line, the Pack would pull some of these close games out.

  • FatherofFour Jan 29, 9:24 p.m.

    I done told you peeps cowpattie Uus team sucks, warren sucks, the bench players suck, the coach... View More

    — Posted by mojridingrb

    FYI - Warren is normally a bench player, and what really SUCKS is your English! The sad thing... View More

    — Posted by FatherofFour

    nothing funny about it How do you communicate with someone who speaks like that?

    — Posted by iron fist

    I never said I could communicate with him. I am not sure if he was even able to process my post. I just notice him on here constantly talking junk about every team in the conference it seems. I can't actually figure out who he pulls for or if he even knows that he is on a sports thread. I just find people who ACT dumb to try to derive attention from others very humorous.

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