For the second straight year, No. 5 seed N.C. State beat No. 4 seed Virginia in the ACC quarterfinals.
In the last two seasons, Virginia is 2-0 against the Wolfpack in the regular season, but 0-2 in the tournament.
Scott Wood, who hit two 3-pointers in the first half, hit three more treys in a 90-second span early in the second half to pass former Wolfpack star Rodney Monroe as N.C. State's career 3-point leader.
Wood finished the game with a season-high seven 3-pointers, giving him 326 3-pointers for his career. That moves him to sixth on the ACC career list, just three short of former Wake Forest star Randolph Childress in fifth place (329 3-pointers).
The victory over Virginia improved N.C. State's season record to 24-9. It's the second year in a row that N.C. State has won 24 games.
The Pack's 48 wins over the last two seasons matches the school's best two-year total since the 1982 and 1983 teams combined to win 48 – and that includes the 26-win national champions in 1983.
The Pack's seniors have now played eight career games in the Greensboro Coliseum, winning six of the eight.
Scott Wood, who has played in all eight Greensboro, has been sizzling in the Gate City, hitting 28-of-52 3-pointers in the arena – 53.8 percent!
Freshman T.J. Warren, who entered the tournament leading the ACC in field goal percentage, has done nothing in Greensboro to hurt his standing.
He hit 6-of-9 attempts against Virginia Tech Thursday, then added 9-of-11 field goals against Virginia. That 15-for-20 performance (75.0 percent) is well over his regular season percentage of 61.3 percent.
Lorenzo Brown, who had 12 assists against Virginia Tech Thursday, added six more assists against the Cavaliers. The ACC assist leader has 572 career assists.
He needs 26 more assists this season to crack the ACC's all-time top 25 assist men. Former Virginia standout (and coach) Jeff Jones currently sits in 25th place with 598 career assists.
First-team All-ACC pick Richard Howell didn't have a big offensive impact on the game, taking just seven shots and scoring six points.
But the ACC's rebounding leader grabbed 12 rebounds – the 21st time this season that he's been in double figure rebounds.