Another night, another pesky opponent for N.C. State.
But once again, the Wolfpack was able to put a mark in the left column.
Trevor Lacey and Ralston Turner had 14 points each as the Wolfpack held off Boise State 60-54 on Friday night at PNC Arena in the first meeting between the teams.
N.C. State improved to 6-0 for the first time since the 2004-05 season, when it started 8-0. Boise State, playing against an ACC opponent for the first time, dropped to 4-2.
“My first thought is we beat a well-coached, well-disciplined, veteran team that has great poise,” Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried said. “I think they’re a really good team. It was kind of a quirky game. Their post players step away from the basket and make 3s.
“We executed late in the game when we had to and got good shots. It was like a chess match, and I thought our guys did a good job fighting through all that. It ended up being a good win for us.”
Cat Barber added 10 points for the Wolfpack.
James Webb III, who had not scored this season, led Boise State with 12 points while Anthony Drmic chipped in 10.
“We knew we were playing a really good team, and we needed to shoot the ball well,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said. “We got some good shots early on that we didn’t capitalize on and dug ourselves too big of a hole.
“I think N.C. State has a very good basketball team with all the pieces. Mark (has) does such a good job with them and they don’t make a lot of mistakes.”
The Wolfpack shot 42.6 percent to the Broncos’ 34.5 and had a 38-33 rebounding edge. N.C. State committed 11 turnovers to Boise State’s nine.
The hosts led 33-23 at halftime behind 10 points each from Lacey and Turner. Drmic led the Broncos with seven at the break.
There were three lead changes in the first half and three ties, the last at 18-18 on a short jumper from the Broncos’ Igor Hadziomerovic with 4 minutes, 44 seconds reamining. But Turner’s 3-pointer 19 seconds later started a 12-0 run by the Wolfpack.
“Give credit to Boise,” Turner said. “They played really hard. They made some plays and gave us a run, but luckily we were able to come out on top. We just have to play until it’s over. This is our third close game in a row and it shows our guys are willing to fight.”
The Wolfpack came out fast to start the second half, stretching the lead to 41-26 on a dunk from BeeJay Anya, who played only three minutes in the first half after picking up two quick fouls.
But the Broncos didn’t fold, slowly reeling the Wolfpack in and cutting it to 55-54 on Mikey Thompson’s layup with 1:29 left. They got no closer, as Lacey scored a layup at 1:05 and a jumper with 29 seconds left before Barber’s free throw with 13 seconds left made it 60-54.
“Coming out of the last media timeout, Coach was telling me to be a little more aggressive,” Lacey said. “I was facilitating a little too much during the stretch of the second half. He told me to look to score more and I took advantages of the opportunities I had.”
N.C. State’s next game will be at Purdue on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Wolfpack hosts Wake Forest on Dec. 6 in its ACC opener. Boise State’s next game is Dec. 6 at St. Mary’s.