Leslie leads NC State past Virginia, 67-64
By CHARLES ODUM
ATLANTA (AP) C.J. Leslie had 19 points and 14 rebounds and North Carolina State, attempting to remove all doubt about its NCAA tournament status, beat Virginia 67-64 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the ACC tournament.
The Wolfpack will play No. 1 seed North Carolina in Saturday's first semifinal.
N.C. State (21-11) came to Atlanta listed as a possible bubble team for the NCAA tournament before beating Boston College on the opening day of the ACC tournament.
The Wolfpack knew this was a huge game, celebrating as the buzzer sounded as though they felt like they had just punched their NCAA tournament ticket.
Virginia (22-9), the No. 4 seed, had a first-round bye but was denied its first spot in the ACC semifinals since 1995, extending the league's longest drought.
Updated March 9, 2012