All Wins Are Good Wins

Mark Gottfried knows there's no such thing as a bad win, and State's victory over Boston College gave the Wolfpack one more league win that it had all last season.

Mark Gottfried knows there's no such thing as a bad win, and State's victory over Boston College gave the Wolfpack one more league win that it had all last season.

"It's a good win," the coach said. "Any time you win on the road is good. We know that. I thought we didn't play particularly great. I thought early we missed a lot of layups, missed a lot of shots around the basket."

But they overcame a tough start and did what they had to do with the game on the line.

Said Wood: "I don't think we overlooked them. I know in this league you can get knocked off by anybody. That's pretty much the outlook I've had ever since I've been here. We just have to keep going, keep battling and getting better."

As usual, there was a lesson in this game.

"There's always something to learn," Gottfried said. "I thought more than anything the lesson was was that even when we're struggling offensively, we're missing layups, we're not playing well that we were able to mentally hang in there because that could have easily went the other way, no question."

HE'S BEEN THERE
Gottfried says he knows what counterpart Steve Donahue is going through.

"I've done it before," said Gottfried. "I started four freshmen one year at Alabama and … what happens is you're not good enough to win on a regular basis, but you're good enough every now and then to rise up and that's your fear when you play them coming in here today.

"They're going to get somebody. They're just not good enough YET to do it consistently."

ODDS AND ENDS
The 25 points the Wolfpack scored in the first half was two points more than the season-low 23 they scored against UNC last week … State has won four of the last five games against BC to go to 5-8 in the all-time series … The Pack has win four of its last five road games … Wood, who came in leading the ACC with a .433 3-point shooting percentage, was 3-for-7 from behind the arc, the 20th straight game he's made at least one trey, the longest active streak in the conference ...

BC, which has lost five straight, was tied with Virginia at 44-44 and was outscored the rest of the way 225, then was tied 49-49 with Miami and was outscored 27-5 over the rest of the game. Last night's game was tied 44-44 with 5:18 left but C.J. Leslie triggered a 10-2 run that all but put it away.

BC's Lonnie Jackson hit a 4-point play and soon after was fouled from 3-point range and made all three free throws … Richard Howell, who came in third in the conference in rebounding at 9.4, grabbed eight as State was out-boarded 30-28.

State was 13-for-17 from the foul line … Lorenzo Brown made two big passes late in the game and finished with seven assists. He came in averaging 6.7 helpers per game, the highest by a State player since Chris Corchiani led the nation with 9.6 per in 1991. Brown came in second in the ACC and seventh in the nation in assists.


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