Redshirt-junior Trevor Lacey hit two critical baskets in the final minute after Boise State cut a 15-point deficit to one to help NC State hold off Boise State, 60-54, to improve to 6-0. The victory marks the first time the Wolfpack has started a campaign with six straight wins since the 2004-05 squad led by Julius Hodge. The loss drops the Broncos to 4-2 on the year.
Lacey and redshirt-senior Ralston Turner paced the Pack with 14 points each. Cat Barber added 10 to go with his four assists.
It was Lacey however, who willed the Wolfpack to victory in the final stretch. He drove to the basket for a layup 1:05 remaining to extend NC State’s lead to three. Then after rebounding a Boise State miss, the shooting guard hit a tough jumper with 29 seconds left to make it a two-possession game.
“I am not going to say that I am going to take the last shot,” Lacey said. “I am just going to make the right play. I didn’t want to force it or get the turnover. I felt like that was the best shot to take."
NC State appeared set to cruise to the win. With slightly more than 16 minutes remaining, the Pack led the cold-shooting Broncos, 41-26. Then Boise State heated up. Keyed by 12 second half points from James Webb III—who was scoreless in the Broncos’ first five games—the Mountain West school rallied to make things interesting in the closing minutes.
“We beat a well-coached, well-disciplined team that has a lot of poise overall,” NC State head coach Mark Gottfried said. “We kind of hung in there in a quirky game. It was game like a chess match. It was back-and-forth, a lot of things happening.” Boise State hit six-of its first 11 three-pointers in the second half after missing 15-of-17 prior to intermission. The Broncos shot 27.6 percent in the first half overall."
“They didn’t shoot the ball well in the first half and I am not sure that a lot of that was because of our defense,” Gottfried said. “They had good shot and just didn’t make them. At halftime, we as a staff felt like they were not going to go the whole game and miss shots.”
With a perfect record in its six-game homestand to open the season, NC State will return to action on Tuesday when the Wolfpack travel to West Lafayette, Indiana to face the Purdue Boilermakers in the ACC/B1G Challenge in its first road game of the season.
“We have got a long way to go, Gottfried said. “I like our chemistry. I like playing good teams. Game like tonight and games like Purdue. I have a few taken teams into [Mackey Arena]. It’s a tough place to play. I think our guys are anxious for it. They want to go and get tested. They want that.”