Charlottesville, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Anderson posted 16 points and nine rebounds and No. 3 Virginia stayed unbeaten with Wednesday's 61-51 win over North Carolina State.
Malcolm Brogdon gave 14 points and Anthony Gill had 12 with seven rebounds for Virginia, which was coming off a double-overtime win over Miami in its ACC opener last Saturday.
Virginia (14-0, 2-0 ACC) entered Wednesday's tilt ranked second in the nation in points allowed, giving up just 50.8 per game despite its last two opponents scoring 72 and 80, respectively. It got back to form on Wednesday and caused fits for the Wolfpack, who had a six-plus minute scoreless stretch in each half.
"We changed in practice. We knew that two games in a row we didn't execute defensively to our standard, and coach wanted to ramp it up this week," said Anderson. "I think we came out start to finish on edge and we did a good job."
Ralston Turner led NC State (11-5, 2-1) with 14 points, and Kyle Washington tallied 13 with 10 rebounds.
"I thought my team competed really hard and played extremely hard," NC State coach Mark Gottfried said. "We didn't finish the game. A lot of good things that we did, we just didn't finish the game."
Washington hit consecutive jumpers early in the second half, the second of which gave the Wolfpack a 37-36 lead.
It was a one or two-point game either way over the next eight minutes. Then, Mike Tobey's layup at 7:40 sparked a run of 10 straight points for the Cavaliers. His two-handed dunk on a lookaway feed from Anderson in transition made it 51-42.
After Caleb Martin's 3 cut the deficit six out of a timeout, Gill answered with a pair of putbacks to seal the deal.
"I don't think we are where we need to be defensively," said Virginia coach Tony Bennett. "I think we have limitations."
NC State looked to have Virginia's pack line defense figured out in the early going, making four 3-pointers in the first 6 1/2 minutes to take a 16-8 lead. But a prolonged scoring drought of 6:21 allowed Virginia to climb in front.
Brogdon scored six points during the 13-0 run. Turner hit three 3s in the final 3:23 of the half and Anthony Barber was fouled shooting a 3-pointer as time expired and made 2-of-3, but Virginia still led 32-31 at halftime.
Virginia owned a 40-29 rebounding advantage and outscored NC State 22-14 in the paint ...Out of 20 field goals for NC State, nine came from beyond the arc ... The Wolfpack did not score a point in transition ... Tobey scored 11 points off the bench.