Observations from John Paul Jones arena

Staff writerMarch 1, 2011 

— N.C. State freshmen C.J. Leslie and Ryan Harrow were not to blame for Tuesday's loss but the duo's defensive issues did not help.

Leslie, who played 19 minutes, was a minus-26 for the game — meaning State was out-scored by 26 points when he was on the floor. Harrow, who played 15 minutes, was a minus-20. State got a spark from C.J. Williams, a plus-16 in 13 minutes, and Richard Howell, a plus-15 in 20 minutes, off the bench.

Leslie did score seven points and had four rebounds. Harrow was 0-for-4 from the field and was held scoreless for the second time in ACC play (at Duke, Feb. 5).

• Virginia senior Will Sherrill has been playing with a fractured right fibula since the end of November so his numbers have been understandably off, but he found his stroke on senior night against the Wolfpack.

Sherrill hit two 3-pointers in the first 80 seconds of the game and four total. Sherrill, who lost Leslie on the first two shots, entered the game with only two 3s in ACC play.

• The John Paul Jones Arena is a fabulous facility, really a model for the rest of the ACC, but the decision to "mic up" the rims for enhanced audio is an unnecessary distraction. Every amplified bounce of the ball on the rim cuts through the arena's otherwise outstanding acoustics.

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