Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports
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NC State fell behind 12-5 in the early stages, but it outscored Wake 34-12 the rest of the half to take firm control of the game. Richard Howell was limited in the first half by foul trouble, and Scott Wood finished the night just 2-7 from the field. But Calvin Leslie overcame a slow start of his own to finish with 19 points and 10 boards; Rodney Purvis knocked down a trio of three-pointers; and T.J. Warren hit seven of 13 field goal attempts.
NC State led by as many as 24 points in the second half before putting it on autopilot for a while, though the Deacs never seriously threatened. A drama-free evening is always a good thing, and more importantly, it gave Mark Gottfried the opportunity to clear the bench. Senior walk-on Jay Lewis nailed a pull-up three-pointer in the waning minutes, prompting a fantastic celebration from the bench. That was one of those this-is-why-college-sports-are-great moments.
And Jordan Vandenberg got to attempt a three-pointer in a real live game.
He's the best.
And now for tonight's champion of the internet:
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