NC State 67, Virginia 64

C.J. Leslie had 19 points and 14 rebounds and North Carolina

State, attempting to remove all doubt about its NCAA tournament

status, beat Virginia 67-64 on Friday to advance to the semifinals

of the ACC tournament.

Mike Scott had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Joe Harris finished

with 18 points for Virginia.

The Wolfpack will play No. 1 seed North Carolina in Saturday’s

first semifinal.

N.C. State (21-11) came to Atlanta listed as a possible bubble

team for the NCAA tournament before beating Boston College on the

opening day of the ACC tournament.

The Cavaliers knew this was a huge game, celebrating as the

buzzer sounded as though they had just punched their NCAA

tournament ticket.

Virginia (22-9), the No. 4 seed, had a first-round bye but was

denied its first spot in the ACC semifinals since 1995, extending

the league’s longest drought.

N.C. State’s Richard Howell, who had 10 points, missed two free

throws with 1:11 remaining, costing the Wolfpack a chance to extend

a 63-60 lead. Scott missed a short jumper for Virginia with 40

seconds remaining.

Lorenzo Brown, who had 15 points, made one of two free throws to

push the lead to four points. Harris made two free throws for

Virginia with 25 seconds remaining. Following a quick foul, Scott

Wood made only one of two free throws for N.C. State, leaving the

lead at three points.

Harris then missed a three-pointer for Virginia and fouled

Brown, who made both free throws with 7.2 seconds remaining for a

67-62 lead.

Wood sank five 3-pointers while scoring 22 points in Thursday’s

78-57 win over Boston College. He was 0-for-4 on 3-point attempts

against Virginia before ending the drought with a 3-pointer with

less than 1 second remaining in the first half.

Wood, fouled on the play by Sammy Zeglinski, sank the free throw

to complete the four-point play and give the Wolfpack a 36-33

halftime lead.

Virginia led 9-3 before the Wolfpack took off on a 14-0 run. The

Cavaliers recovered to briefly take the lead late in the half.