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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.

Mike Scott had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Joe Harris finished with 18 points for Virginia.

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 Cavaliers knew this was a huge game, celebrating as the buzzer sounded as though 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.

N.C. State’s Richard Howell, who had 10 points, missed two free throws with 1:11 remaining, costing the Wolfpack a chance to extend a 63-60 lead. Scott missed a short jumper for Virginia with 40 seconds remaining.