RALEIGH — In the final minutes, N.C. State fought for loose balls, scrapped for rebounds and didn't allow Virginia Tech to have any free rides to the basket.
It was a big effort but a little too late. Virginia Tech diffused a late Wolfpack rally for a 77-69 win on Wednesday night at the RBC Center.
Scott Wood's hard foul of Virginia Tech forward Terrell Bell with 3:48 left underscored State's intensity as it tried to erase a 15-point deficit. But the same hustle plays that got State back in the game in the final 5 minutes were mostly absent in the first 35.