North Carolina State's Scott Wood (15) celebrates after making a basket against Wake Forest during an NCAA college basketball game in Raleigh, N.C. Wednesday, March 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Ethan Hyman)
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North Carolina State's Scott Wood (15) celebrates after making a basket against Wake Forest during an NCAA college basketball game in Raleigh, N.C. Wednesday, March 6, 2013. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Ethan Hyman)

Wolfpack handles Deacons

By Aaron Beard

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RALEIGH – C.J. Leslie had 19 points and 10 rebounds to help N.C. State beat Wake Forest, 81-66, on Wednesday night in its final home game.

T.J. Warren added 15 points as the Wolfpack (22-8, 11-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) pushed to a double-digit lead in the first half and coasted after halftime. N.C. State has won three straight and six of seven entering Saturday’s regular-season finale at Florida State, keeping the Wolfpack in the chase with Virginia for the final first-round bye at next week’s league tournament in Greensboro.

The Wolfpack took charge with a 13-0 first-half run and held the Demon Deacons (12-17, 5-12) without a basket for 7½ minutes to build a 15-point halftime lead. N.C. State quickly pushed that lead past 20 points and never let Wake Forest even flirt with cutting it to single digits on the way to avenging a January road loss.


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