N.C. State's C.J. Leslie fights for the ball in traffic over Boston College's Ryan Anderson (12) and Jordan Daniels (10). CHUCK LIDDY - email@example.com
ATLANTA -- For N.C. State, there was good news and bad news to be found in Thursday’s ACC Tournament first-round win over Boston College.
Good news: Pack wingman Scott Wood continued to show signs that his slump is over.
Bad news: Pack forward C.J. Leslie never gained any real traction against the Eagle defense in a 78-57 win that sends the fifth-seeded Pack against fourth-seed Virginia in Friday’s quarterfinals.
State (21-11) was never in any sort of serious danger against a BC team (9-22) that was “running on fumes” as second-year Steve Donahue described it earlier in the week.
With 22 points, Wood took any lingering life out the Eagles early. But Leslie was limited to eight shots and 11 points against an inexperienced, undermanned frontline.
<strong>Fairly deep into the second half, Leslie had only six points. He’ll definitely need to pick up the scoring pace against Virginia (22-8) and all-conference standout Mike Scott in 2 p.m. game at Philips Arena on Friday.</strong>