Leslie and Wolfpack take down Broncos

Updated: December 29, 2012

Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) – C.J. Leslie scored 19 points to lead five
Wolfpack players in double figures, as 23rd-ranked North Carolina State
cruised to an 84-68 win over Western Michigan.

Richard Howell had 18 points on 8-of-8 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds for
the Wolfpack (10-2), who extended their winning streak to six games. T.J.
Warren contributed 15 points, Scott Wood finished with 11 and Lorenzo Brown
added 10.

Nate Hutcheson paced the Broncos (8-5) with 16 points, while Shayne
Whittington supplied 14 and nine boards. Darius Paul donated a 12-point, 10-
rebound double-double in Western Michigan’s fourth loss in six games.

The Broncos erased an eight-point deficit in the first half and moved ahead
24-21 on a Connar Tava layup with 9:33 remaining. Consecutive baskets by
Warren gave NC State a 32-28 lead, but Western Michigan’s Austin Richie tied
the game with two easy layups.

Leslie, the reigning ACC Player of the Week, then ignited a 9-0 run with a
three-point play. Warren and Howell followed with back-to-back dunks before
Leslie concluded the burst with two free throws.

“Early in the game, (the Broncos) disrupted what we do,” said NC State coach
Mark Gottfried. “We can’t be a team that turns it off and on like that.”

NC State was up 43-36 at halftime and grabbed its first double-digit lead,
49-38, on Rodney Purvis’ one-handed slam.

The Wolfpack continued to pull away and Leslie’s tip-in gave the home team its
largest lead at 75-54.

Game Notes

NC State has won eight straight home games and improved to 6-1 all-time
against Mid-American Conference opponents … Leslie surpassed 1,000 career
points … Western Michigan held a 42-32 rebounding edge, including a 22-10
discrepancy on the offensive glass.