Updated 3:40 p.m.
RALEIGH -- Just like the previous game against St. Bonaventure, Richard Howell fouled out against Western Michigan on Saturday.
And just like the St. Bonaventure game, N.C. State beat the Broncos going away, 84-68, but Howell atoned for a scoreless effort against the Bonnies with 19 points and nine rebounds on Saturday.
The senior forward added three assists and two blocks and overcame a minor ankle sprain in the second half.
"Richard's a great player and great player's bounce back," forward C.J. Leslie said. "I knew he would come out strong."
Howell made all eight of his field goals and rebounded from an off game and Leslie rebounded from a slow start to give the 23rd-ranked Wolfpack (10-2) its six straight win.
Leslie scored 14 of his game-high 19 points in the second half, to match the 14 that Howell scored in the first half.
Leslie, who was coming off of a career-best 33 points against the Bonnies, made only one field goal in the first half, and got into a brief disagreement with coach Mark Gottfried on the bench, before turning his game around in the second half.
"That's part of the game," Leslie said of the interaction with an agitated Gottfried, who was imploring his star forward for more several times in the first half.
Leslie delivered in the second half, especially after Howell tweaked his left ankle, with a strong performance from the free-throw line. Leslie made 9 of his 11 free throws and finished with three steals and seven rebounds.
"He was a lot more active as the game wore on," Gottfried said. "He was blocking shots, getting rebounds and running the floor. He was a different player. He's got to play like that all the time."
Western Michigan (8-5) finished the game with 22 offensive rebounds, which irked Gottfried, particularly in the first half when it was still a tight game.
WMU took a 24-21 lead on a putback basket by guard Connar Tava at the 9:32, which prompted Gottfried to sub for Leslie and the two exchanged words on the bench.
The game was tied at 32 with 3 minutes left in the first half when an offensive rebound by WMU's Shayne Whittington prompted a foot stomp and yell from Gottfried: "Get a rebound!"
"We gave up too many offensive rebounds, way too many of them," Gottfried said after the game. "And they turned a lot of them in the first half into baskets."
Sixteen of the Broncos' 26 second-chance points came in the first half. Even with Howell's 14 points in the first half, State's lead was only 43-36.
With Leslie in high gear, and freshman forward T.J. Warren adding 15 points off the bench, the Pack led by as many as 21 in the second half.
Leslie's assist to Warren at 12:03 in the second half stretched the Pack's lead to 59-45. A technical foul on WMU coach Steve Hawkins on the next possession opened the floodgates.
The defensive effort in the second half, led by four steals from guard Lorenzo Brown, pleased Gottfried. As did the team's 17 assists, on 30 field goals, and 54.5 percent shooting — the Pack's 10th time this season over 50 percent.
It all added up to State's sixth straight win since a 79-72 road loss to Michigan on Nov. 27. The Pack faces UNC-Greensboro on Monday before ACC play begins next Saturday at Boston College.
"We're doing a lot of things well right now but I still think we can get a lot better," Gottfried said.