Virginia outlasts NC State 61-51, stays undefeated

(AP Photo/Steve Helber). Virginia head coach Tony Bennett directs his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Charlottesville, Va., Wednesday Jan. 7, 2015.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Justin Anderson scored 16 points and Malcolm Brogdon 14, as No. 3 Virginia weathered a sloppy effort and beat North Carolina State 61-51 on Wednesday, the Cavaliers’ 19th straight home victory.

Mike Tobey added 11 points for Virginia (14-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which used a 10-0 run late in the second half to finally gain some separation against the dangerous Wolfpack.

Ralston Turner led N.C. State (11-5, 2-1) with 14 points and Kyle Washington had 13. But Turner didn’t score in the second half after making all four of his 3-point shots before intermission.

The Wolfpack led 42-41 after Trevor Lacey’s desperation 3-pointer with 8:58 remaining, then didn’t score for nearly six minutes as the Cavaliers reeled off the next 10 points.

Both teams were cold-shooting early in the second half and the lead changed hands five times beginning with a 6-0 run that gave the Wolfpack a 37-36 edge. The lead had already been swapped three times when Justin Andersons’ 3-pointer ended the Cavaliers’ 2 for 13 shooting start and gave them a 41-39 lead.

Trevor Lacey countered for N.C. State by flinging the ball toward the basket with the shot clock winding down. It somehow found the bottom of the net, putting the Wolfpack back ahead at 42-41.

Then the Cavaliers settled down, started making shots and scored the next 10 points, opening a 51-42 lead while clamping down at the other end. N.C. State went scoreless for nearly six minutes before Caleb Martin’s 3-pointer with 3:02 remaining ended the Cavaliers’ run. But Virginia was on its way.

N.C. State had a similar dry spell in the first half as Virginia took the lead.

The Wolfpack made four 3-pointers in the first 5 1/2 minutes and opened a 16-8 lead on an 18-footer by Ralston Turner with 13:47 to play. But Virginia’s defense tightened, and N.C. State didn’t make another field goal for more than 6 minutes as the Cavaliers put together a 21-4 run to take a 29-20 lead.

Three 3-pointers by Turner in the final 3:18 fueled an 11-3 run to make it 32-31 at the break.

Turner was 4 for 4 from long range, and the Wolfpack was 7 for 12, before halftime.

TIP INS:

N.C. State: The Wolfpack is beginning a stretch of three consecutive games against ranked teams. It plays host to No. 2 Duke on Sunday and No. 18 North Carolina next Wednesday night.

Virginia: Despite allowing 72 and 80 points in their last two games, the Cavaliers are second nationally in scoring defense, allowing 50.8 points.

UP NEXT:

N.C. State hosts No. 2 Duke on Sunday.

Virginia plays at Notre Dame on

Saturday.

 

 

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