Sophomore forward C.J. Leslie struggled early for NC State but came up big late for the Wolfpack in the 56-51 win over Boston College.
Leslie, who was 2-for-9 from the field in the first half, broke a 44-44 tie with a jumper and then hit two free throws late in the second half, and the Pack never trailed again.
“We got back to our style of play a little bit at the end,” Leslie said after finishing with 13 points, six rebounds and two steals.
What did Leslie think of his play in the first half?
"I wasn’t frustrated," he said. "I just to get back to just warming up a little bit better, just coming out a little bit stronger. I just missed some easy ones and I had to pick it up."
And he did it at the right time.
“That’s coming with just focusing in a little bit better and making sure I made shots.”
Leslie agreed that BC really slowed the ball down in this game, but said, “That was on us, we allowed them to play their pace. I think that was the difference between (this and) last game at home, is that we didn’t really pick OUR pace up and we allowed them to play their pace – and being at home for them is good.
“We had to get in them a little bit better.”
Which is what happened in the last five minutes.
“Yeah, definitely,” he said. “We got in them and made them do things they didn’t want to do, take shots that they didn’t want to take, and that’s very important for (us).”
Like his buddies and his coaches, Leslie was happy to get out of Boston with a win that lifted the Pack to 5-3 in the ACC.