Howard came out cold, hitting just 3-11 shots in the first time frame and failing to find his rhythm on the court. "I was kind of nervous all day," Howard said after the game. "I had to settle down when I came into the locker room [at the half.]"
He did just that. In the second half, Howard scored 17 points, and pulled down a host of rebounds to help the Deacs pull away from the Heels down the stretch. Howard finished with 24 points and nine boards on the night.
With the win, the Deacs finish the season undefeated at home with a 17-0 record. Wake Forest, 22-4, 12-3, will face off with N.C. State Saturday afternoon in Raleigh. Gametime is 1:30.