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N.C. State 82, Boston College 64

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Wolfpack racks up easy win

By Joe Giglio
jgiglio@newsobserver.com

RALEIGH Whatever N.C. State lacked in continuity on Wednesday night against Boston College, it made up for in variety.

Rodney Purvis scored in transition, Scott Wood made a bunch of 3-pointers and C.J. Leslie bounced back in the Wolfpack’s 82-64 win against Boston College at PNC Arena.

N.C. State won its 20th game of the season, giving the Pack consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time since Herb Sendek’s last three teams did it from 2004 to ’06.

Purvis had scored a total of 16 points in the previous five games combined but poured in a season-best 21 against the Eagles on Wednesday. There’s something about B.C. that brings out the best in the freshman guard. His previous season-best was 19 points in the win against the Eagles in January.

Purvis, who came off the bench for the third straight game, had his best scoring game in more than a month. Three of Purvis’ first four field goals came in transition, including a dunk off a blocked shot by Leslie, 13 seconds after Purvis checked into the game for the first time.

Wood made five 3s, including an off-balance leaner to close the first half and one in transition to start the second half. Wood finished with 17 points and three steals.

Leslie, who was challenged by coach Mark Gottfried after last Saturday’s loss at North Carolina, had a busy night against the Eagles with 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots. Leslie, who had six turnovers against UNC, had only two in 29 minutes on Wednesday.

N.C. State improved to 9-6 in the ACC and is trying to play its way out of the ACC tournament’s play-in round. With three games left, the Wolfpack needs to make up a game on either UNC or Virginia, both 9-5 in the ACC, in the loss column, to crack the top four of the conference standings.

The Eagles (12-16, 4-11) offered little resistance in the first eight and a half minutes of the game. The Pack raced out to a 22-6 lead, with five early points from Purvis, and a three-point play from Leslie on a dunk over forward Eddie Odio.

Just when it looked like B.C., which lost at Duke last Sunday by 21 points, would check out, Lonnie Jackson (16 points) kept the Eagles afloat. Jackson had 11 points in the first half, with three 3-pointers. His 3 with 39.8 seconds left in the half cut the Pack’s margin to 30-27.

On State’s last possession of the half, Odio actually blocked Wood’s first 3-point attempt, but Wood gathered the rebound and then leaned toward the basket, and away from Odio, for a 3-pointer with 1 second left in the half.

The Eagles stayed within shouting distance in the first five minutes of the second half, but N.C. State’s scoring power was just too much. A steal by Wood and subsequent feed to Purvis on the fast break started a 22-9 spurt by the Wolfpack.

Purvis’ give-and-go with Lorenzo Brown (six assists) put the Pack up 45-34 at 14:23. By the time Leslie hit a 15-foot jumper seven minutes later, N.C. State’s lead was 63-43.

Gottfried was able to empty his bench in a rare easy ACC win. It was the Pack’s third double-digit win in conference play. The crowd chanted for Jay Lewis and Chase Cannon, and both got to play the final 2 minutes.

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