That's little consolation for what has been a rough season for the Wolfpack. North Carolina State had its modest two-game win streak snapped at Virginia Tech Wednesday.
The Wolfpack will return home to face Boston College Saturday. They last faced the Eagles in March 2009, losing a hard-fought 74-69 contest.
Boston College has won three of four, including Wednesday's win over Virginia.
VIRGINIA TECH 71, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 59: The Wolfpack picked the wrong time to go on a scoring draught.
After cutting a 10-point lead down to two early in the second half, North Carolina State went cold and got sloppy. The Wolfpack went five minutes without scoring, missing easy shots and frequently turning the ball over during the ugly stretch.
By the time C.J. Williams hit a jumper, North Carolina State was looking at an 11-point deficit. The Pack would never recover.
NC State won the rebounding battle, a rarity in a down season, but committed 20 turnovers in their 11th ACC loss of the season.
Javier Gonzalez had a team-high 16 points. Tracy Smith added 12 and Dennis Horner had 11.
--Junior forward Tracy Smith is showing signs of a long season getting double- and triple-teamed in the paint. Smith had only 12 points and four rebounds in Wednesday's loss at Virginia Tech. Smith was coming off a 19-point outing in a win over Miami, but he's struggled against team like Virginia Tech, who like to push the tempo. Smith only had 10 points against up-tempo Maryland.
--Sophomore guard C.J. Williams is seeing more playing time down the stretch. He got 27 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's loss at Virginia Tech and has played more than 20 minutes in three of his last four games.
--Junior guard Javier Gonzalez has reached double figures in three straight games, including Wednesday's 16-point effort at Virginia Tech. But Gonzalez has to do a better job of protecting the basketball. He committed four of the Wolfpack's 20 turnovers against the Hokies.
ON THE SPOT: Scoring droughts have been a nemesis of North Carolina State the entire season. With only one true inside scoring threat and a very limited amount of consistent outside shooters, the Wolfpack has experienced dry spells on a seemingly game-by-game basis.
It happened in losses to North Carolina and at Maryland. And it happened again in Wednesday's loss to Virginia Tech.
The Wolfpack went more than five minutes without a basket early in the second half and watched the Hokies pull away. Finding consistent scorers has to be a priority of coach Sidney Lowe.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I don't know what clicked, but he definitely did it today. He ran the show for us. He was vocal for us, telling guys to get back, let's get a stop here. He was talking to guys. If someone missed a shot or turned it over, he would tell them not to worry about it, just get back on the defensive end. He really just was doing exactly what we wanted him to do. He did a great job today." -- Coach Sidney Lowe, on the play of G Javier Gonzalez at Miami.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
SEASON RECAP: N.C. State assured itself of at least a break-even season with its comeback 71-66 win over Miami. At 16-13, the Wolfpack has two games left in the regular season and at least one in the ACC tournament. The 'Pack entered the week at 4-10 in the conference, tied with North Carolina and Miami for 10th place. It holds the tiebreaker over Miami when it comes to seedings for the league tourney but not the Tar Heels, who won both meetings in the regular season.
--Junior F Tracy Smith scored 19 points against Miami, his 12th consecutive game in double figures. He is 22 of 44 from the field in his last four games. Smith gave the 'Pack a scare when he had to leave the game late in the second half after colliding with Miami's Durand Scott and banging his knee. He went out with 5:45 left but returned at 3:49.
--Senior F Dennis Horner had a season-high five assists in the win over the Hurricanes. He has eight assists in his last two games after having just eight in his previous seven outings.
--Sophomore G C.J. Williams had six rebounds off the bench for the 'Pack, matching his career high.