NC State Takes Down Wake Forest 81-66
March 6, 2013
By Scott Wortman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)
RALEIGH, N.C. - Wake Forest's Devin Thomas posted another double-double against NC State, but a big first-half run by the Wolfpack proved to be too much as the Demon Deacons suffered an 81-66 loss on Wednesday evening at PNC Arena.
Thomas battled his way to his third double-double of the season and his second against the Wolfpack, finishing with 13 points and 11 rebounds on Wednesday. Thomas had 25 points and 14 rebounds in Wake Forest's 86-84 win over State in late January.
However, it was the Wolfpack's big run in the first half that ultimately proved to be the difference. NC State (22-8, 11-6 ACC) erased a 16-15 deficit midway through the period with a 13-0 run over a five-minute stretch.
Wake Forest (12-17, 5-12 ACC) had led 12-5 in the early minutes but saw the home squad use a 23-4 run to take control of the game.
The Demon Deacons trailed 39-24 at halftime and despite shooting 55 percent (18-of-33) in the second half were unable gain any ground on the Wolfpack.
C.J. Leslie led NC State with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. The Wolfpack, who were celebrating Senior Night, also got 15 and 14 points respectively from freshmen T.J. Warren and Rodney Purvis.
Wake Forest held the early advantage courtesy of back-to-back 3-pointers from Harris. With the Deacons leading 6-5, Harris hit a pair of fastbreak treys off feeds from Jones to give Wake Forest a 12-5 lead six minutes into the game.
After an NC State timeout, the Wolfpack rallied using a 23-4 run over the next 10 minutes to take a 28-16 lead. A Harris free throw had given the Deacons a 16-15 lead at the 9:50 mark, but the Wolfpack responded with 13 straight points to take command of the game. Thomas' layup with 4:07 to play in the half snapped the scoreless streak. NC State led 39-24 at halftime.
Wake Forest will wrap up regular season play on Sunday when the Deacons host the Virginia Tech Hokies at 2 p.m. Wake Forest is seeking a season split with Virginia Tech after suffering a heartbreaking 66-65 loss in Blacksburg on Jan. 19. The game will be televised on the ACC Network and can also be heard on the Wake Forest IMG Sports Network.