NC State Cruises Past Virginia 75-56 In ACC Tourney

4:12 PM, Mar 15, 2013   |    comments
C.J. Leslie #5 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack reacts after making a basket as Joe Harris #12 of the Virginia Cavaliers stands in the background during the quarterfinals of the Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 15, 2013 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Greensboro, NC -- Scott Wood had 23 points and seven 3-pointers to help North Carolina State beat Virginia 75-56 on Friday in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals.   

C.J. Leslie added 17 points and 11 rebounds with three blocks for the fifth-seeded Wolfpack (24-9), who blew the game open after halftime and led by double digits nearly the entire second half for a second straight quarterfinal win against the fourth-seeded Cavaliers (21-11).   

N.C. State also got strong performances from freshman T.J. Warren with 18 points and senior Richard Howell, who battled through a right thigh injury to finish with 12 rebounds.   

The Wolfpack avenged a regular-season loss to Virginia that started a three-game skid, which all but took the preseason ACC favorite out of the regular-season title chase. Now N.C. State is back in the semifinals and has a Saturday matchup with No. 9 Miami, the tournament's top seed.


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