Breakdown: Wood Leads Pack Past Tech

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Pack Pride looks back at NC State's 79-74 win over Georgia Tech in the RBC Center.

Several players had good outings for NC State, but sophomore wing Scott Wood made big plays throughout for the Wolfpack.

His biggest play we'll talk about later, but Wood was much more assertive offensively this game and it was obvious in his stat line.

Wood hit 7-of-10 shots for 20 points. He knocked down 2-of-5 3-pointers and his all four of his free throws. Wood also tallied two steals, a rebound, and a block.

Known primarily as a three-point shooter, Wood had attempted just eight two-point shots over his last seven games. However, against Tech he attempted five, knocking down every shot. He hit jumpers from midrange, scored in transition, and even hit a nice floater off a baseline curl.

If Wood can continue to diversify his offensive game he will become an even more dangerous weapon for the Wolfpack.

Georgia Tech junior Iman Shumpert was arguably the top player on the floor.

At 6-foot-5 he is a matchup nightmare for opposing point guards, and he is one of the league's most versatile talents.

He sparked the Yellow Jackets with his play midway through the second half, getting it done on both ends. Shumpert finished with 21 points (7-15 FG, 7-8 FT), eight rebounds (game-high), seven assists (game-high), and three steals.

He is looking to become just the seventh player in ACC history to lead his team in scoring, rebounding and assists.

Games like he had on Saturday will make sure it happens. He was outstanding.

NC State has struggled all season turning teams over, so coach Lowe had to be pleased when his team tallied ten steals in the game.

Four players recorded at least two steals for the Pack, and the 14 total Georgia Tech turnovers led to 18 points for the Pack. The Yellow Jackets had 13 points off turnovers... a +5 advantage for State.

Tech entered the game leading the ACC in steals, and they recorded seven in the game, but the difference was NC State's ability to take the ball away in crucial times... and also convert them into points on the offensive end.

Tech cut State's lead to three points at 69-66 behind a 3-pointer from Udofia, but Scott Wood made perhaps the biggest play of the game.

Tech's Glen Rice Jr. forced a steal with 1:55 remaining, and he looked to outlet quickly to Shumpert. However, Wood was reading the play all along, and he cut in front of Shumpert to steal the pass and drove to the basket for a layup he converted over Rice.

"I just saw that he was trying to get rid of it real quick ," said Wood. "He saw me sitting there and he didn't know if I was going to go or not so he tried to lob it and get it over my head but I made a break on the ball.

"He tried to get back in front [of me]. I actually tried to draw the foul, but nothing was called. I just flicked it off the glass and luckily it went in."

Tech had a chance to cut the lead to one or tie the game with a three-pointer, but Wood's heady play pushed the lead back to two possessions.

"It's just making a play for my team," said Wood. "At the time it was pretty big, but when you look back on it if anyone else was in that position they would do the same thing."

Next up for NC State (15-13, 5-9 ACC) is a mid-week road game at Virginia (14-14, 5-9 ACC). The Cavaliers were routed on Saturday at home by Boston College, 63-44.

Virginia has had several injuries this season, including a season-ending injury suffered by star Mike Scott, but the Cavs continue to battle for coach Tony Bennett.

Tip-off for NC State and Virginia is set for 7:00 on Tuesday in Charlottesville. The game will be televised on RSN.

Jordan Vandenberg had not scored in 16 games prior to coming off the bench against North Carolina, and he's responded by hitting six-of-seven shots in the past two games. He had four dunks in the win over Tech, going 4-of-4 from the field.

Vandenberg has provided energy and a spark that State has needed. He has scored 12 points, grabbed six rebounds, and added four blocks in the two-game stretch.

  • C.J. Leslie had one of his worst games of the season against Georgia Tech. The 6'8 freshman scored just three points, and while he had two rebounds, two assists, and two blocks he also hit just 1-of-10 shots from the field and 1-of-4 free throws with three turnovers.

    The outing came after Leslie had been averaging 16.7 points and 7.8 rebounds over his last six games.

  • Take away Leslie's numbers and the rest of NC State's team hit 27-of-46 shots versus Tech (58.7%).

  • NC State is now 9-1 all-time against Georgia Tech in the RBC Center and has won 12 of the last 13 games played in Raleigh.

  • Tracy Smith is averaging 16.6 points over his last five games after averaging 10.0 points the previous four games.

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