Friday, February 18, 2011

Thursday Night ACC Hoops

C.J. Leslie

N.C. STATE 69, CLEMSON 61 — Freshman C.J. Leslie had 18 points and 10 rebounds to help North Carolina State beat Clemson on Thursday night.

Tracy Smith added 14 points for the Wolfpack (14-11, 4-7 ACC), who pushed ahead for good with a 9-0 second-half run. The win allowed N.C. State to gain some measure of revenge for last month’s loss to the Tigers in which the Wolfpack blew a 19-point first-half lead.

Javi Gonzalez added 11 points off the bench for N.C. State, which made 11 of 14 free throws in the final 4 1/2 minutes to stay in control.

Demontez Stitt scored 16 points to lead the Tigers (17-9, 6-6), who are fighting to position themselves for an NCAA tournament bid. Losing this one won’t help on that front considering N.C. State had lost seven of nine coming in to this game.

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