NC State clips Hokies in OT, 90-86
Posted February 16, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — FINAL in OT: NC State 90, Virginia Tech 86
Virginia Tech tied the game in the final seconds to force overtime, but the Wolfpack outscored the Hokies 12-8 in the extra five minutes and won 90-86 Saturday at PNC Arena. The loss is Virginia Tech’s eighth in a row while NC State improved to 18-7 (7-5 ACC).
End of Regulation: NC State 78, Virginia Tech 78
Virginia Tech closed the second half on a 10-4 run and converted a missed free throw 3-point play in the final seconds to tie the game and send it to overtime.
NC State missed two free throws in the final minute with a chance to ice the game.
3:46 2nd: NC State 65, Va Tech 60
NC State is on a 12-0 run and headed to the free throw line as they have turned a seven-point deficit into a five-point lead at the final media timeout.
CJ Leslie is up to 16 points to lead the Wolfpack. Richard Howell has his double double with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Scott Wood has four 3-pointers to give him 297 in his career.
7:24 2nd: Va Tech 60, NC State 53
Virginia Tech is on a 9-2 run led by freshman Marshall Wood who has a career-high 14 points and the Hokies lead NC State by seven at the under-8 timeout.
11:43 2nd: NC State 51, Virginia Tech 51
NC State drew even on Scott Wood's third 3-pointer of the game and at the under-12 timeout, the Wolfpack and Hokies are tied at 51.
NC State has stayed out of foul trouble with just five team fouls all game. Richard Howell, meanwhile, has reached double digits in rebounds with 11.
14:02 2nd: Virginia Tech 48, NC State 43
Virginia Tech's Marshall Wood has a career-high 11 points and NC State's Scott Wood has hit another 3-pointer bringing him within five of 300 for his career. Virginia Tech leads by five.
Erick Green continues to lead all scorers with 14 points. Calvin Leslie leads the Wolfpack with 11 points.
HALFTIME: Virginia Tech 36, NC State 34
Erick Green scored 12 points in the first half for Virginia Tech and the Hokies take a two-point lead into halftime at NC State.
Fifteen different players have scored between the two teams in the first 20 minutes.
Tyler Lewis leads NC State with nine points off the bench. Richard Howell has six points and seven rebounds.
3:22 1st: NC State 32, Va Tech 29
All seven NC State players have scored and the team has seven assists on 12 field goals as a balanced attack has the Pack in front of Virginia Tech by three late in the first.
7:31 1st: NC State 20, Va Tech 20
Tyler Lewis came off the bench and hit a three to the delight of the PNC Crowd but Virginia Tech is battling the Pack close late in the first.
Erick Green has found his offense for Virginia Tech and has a game-high eight points to this point. Lewis has seven for State.
11:48 1st: NC State 12, Va Tech 10
Defenses are playing strong for both NC State and Virginia Tech in the early going as the score is 12-10 in favor of the Pack at the second media timeout.
Erick Green, the nation's leading scorer, has just 2 points. Howell has four points and three rebounds.
15:34 1st: NC State 7, Va Tech 6
Scott Wood hit a three and Lorenzo Brown is on the scoreboard as the Wolfpack take a slim 7-6 lead into the first media timeout.
Richard Howell has the other NC State bucket. Hokies guard Erick Green made his presence known with an early basket as well.
20:00 1st: NC State vs. Virginia Tech
NC State will trot out a familiar lineup with Lorenzo Brown running the point. He will be joined by Rodney Purvis, Scott Wood, Calvin Leslie and Richard Howell.
The Virginia Tech Hokies take aim at their first victory in nearly a month when they visit PNC Arena for an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup with the NC State Wolfpack.
Virginia Tech has sunk to the bottom of the ACC standings thanks to its current seven-game losing streak. The latest of those losses came Tuesday night at Virginia in a 73-55 final. The Hokies have won on the road only once since November.
On the other hand, NC State has gone 12-1 at PNC Arena and is back on its home floor for the first time in two weeks. The Wolfpack are coming off Sunday's dramatic 58-57 win at Clemson on Scott Wood's last-second 3-pointer. After reeling off 10 straight wins through the month of December and into the middle of January, the 'Pack have gone just 3-5 since, although Wood's dagger could certainly spark some confidence.
NC State leads the head-to-head series, 35-14, and that includes a 19-5 record at home. This is the only scheduled meeting between these two teams this season.
If the Hokies hope to win this one on the road, they'll need to avoid a repeat of Tuesday's performance against UVA when they were bottled up to 34.6-percent shooting from the floor. Most notably, Erick Green, the nation's leading scorer (25.2 ppg), was held without a field goal until nearly four minutes into the second half. He shot just 4-of-17 from the floor after scoring 35 in the first meeting with the Cavs. And although Green did finish with 22 points, the Hokies were unable to overcome his first-half scoring drought. After all, the team relies heavily on its top weapon, as the senior guard has scored 20 or more points in all but two games this season. Jarell Eddie is the only other player averaging double figures for Tech. He is tallying 12.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per tilt.
NC State is the second-highest scoring team in the ACC, averaging a robust 78.0 ppg. The Wolfpack boast five double-figure scorers on the season, led by C.J. Leslie with 15.6 ppg to go along with 7.5 rebounds. Richard Howell is averaging a double-double (13.4 ppg, 10.8 rpg), while Wood (11.5 ppg) is a 43- percent shooter from beyond the arc (63-of-147). However, the team needed Wood's last-second prayer to overcome a 37.7-percent shooting effort and pull out the win against Clemson. Point guard Lorenzo Brown (12.8 ppg) returned to the floor for the first time since suffering an ankle injury against Virginia on Jan. 29. Brown came off the bench to score 15 points, and it was his drive and dish that set up Wood's game-winner. Still, coach Mark Gottfried cautioned that Brown is still not 100 percent, but getting closer. Freshman Tyler Lewis has stepped up in his absence, averaging 11.7 ppg over the last three games, including two starts at the point.
The proverbial wheels have fallen off for the Hokies, and the team's issues become magnified when Green has an off night, as he did in the first half on Tuesday. Even with a dialed in Green, the Hokies will be hard-pressed to keep up with the high-scoring Wolfpack.