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“You can talk about it, but it’s more just doing it,” Scott said. “We’ve been in these types of fights before. “

It was an odd game on the stat sheet as the Wolfpack had a huge disparity between guard and center play.

N.C. State made 2 of 15 shots from behind the arc, but made up for it with a 42-25 edge in rebounding, which produced a number of second and third chances.

With the game on the line, though, the Wolfpack found a way to put a scare into Virginia from behind the arc.

In a four-point game, N.C. State’s C.J. Leslie was fouled. He missed both free throws, but the second bounced to Scott Wood, who knocked down a 3-pointer.

Leading by one, Virginia got the ball to Zeglinski, who had been red-hot all game. He missed a jumper as the shot clock expired, and the Wolfpack had the ball with 7.8 seconds left to set up Brown’s attempt.

Strong second-half defense made the difference for the Cavs.

“I think I’ll watch this tape and scratch my head, as coach [Mark Gottfried] will on the other side,” Bennett said. “But we’ll take it.”

Inside the victorious locker room, the players found it easier to put their finger on the difference — a team of senior leaders determined to change the course of U.Va. basketball.

Can having played these games before really make that much of a difference?

“Honestly, yes,” junior guard Jontel Evans said. “Mike, Sammy, me and Assane [Sene] have been here since coach Bennett got here, and I feel like the experience has really helped us out this year.”

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