Pack bowls over Bulldogs, 82-51

RALEIGH, NC -- NC State rebounded from a last-second win over Delaware State to post its biggest margin of victory all year - downing Alabama A&M 82-51.

NC State gave its fans a late, and much-needed Christmas present – an easy win. The Wolfpack followed up a nail-biter against Delaware State with a 82-51 blow-out win over Alabama A&M on Tuesday afternoon at the RBC Center.

"It was good that we could win the way we did," Lowe said. "That's what we look for – if you feel that you should win a ball game we should win it the way we did."

The Pack led the way with its defense, holding the Bulldogs to just 32 percent shooting for the game and allowing no 3-point baskets. The Bulldogs shot 0-for-15 from behind the arc. The Pack also forced 13 turnovers on the day.

"Our defense was good but I thought also on the offensive end we were a little more patient – we moved the ball around and didn't take a lot of bad shots," Lowe said.

By taking fewer bad shots the Pack was able to shoot 57 percent from the field and hit 6-of-9 3-point attempts. The 82-point outburst was the best for the Pack since the third game of the year against East Carolina. The good shooting also helped offset 14 turnovers and bad defensive rebounding – the Bulldogs had 19 offensive rebounds on 45 misses on the night.

"There are definitely some things we need to look at like offensive rebounding – I think they got too many of those," forward Scott Wood said.

Wood led the way offensively for the Pack by hitting 6-of-8 shots and scoring 18 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists. CJ Leslie added 14 points and 11 rebounds along with three blocks and four steals for one of his best all-around games of the year.

"I thought CJ Leslie really set the tone for us with his energy and his offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds," Lowe said.

"Probably for about the last couple of weeks or so I've seen a difference in [Leslie] in his attitude. He's talking in practice, he's really helped lead. He's really made an adjustment."

Two other Pack players scored in double figures on the day as Ryan Harrow scored 14 points to go along with six assists and just one turnover while CJ Williams was a perfect 4-for-4 from the floor en route to scoring 10 point.

The Pack remains without its senior leader in Tracy Smith, who has now missed 10 straight games after knee surgery in November. Lowe sounded hopeful that Smith will return for the Pack's next game against San Diego, however.

"Tracy wanted to give it a shot tonight for a few minutes but he hasn't really practiced with contact so we didn't want to put him in there," Lowe said. "Hopefully the next practice he'll get in there and get some contact and if can play against San Diego then we'll do that."

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