C.J. Leslie spent most of the first half in a fog. He stepped into the spotlight just in time.
Leslie scored all 19 of his points in the final 23 minutes to lead No. 23 North Carolina State to an 84-68 victory over Western Michigan on Saturday.
''He played pretty good,'' N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. ''I don't want him to flip the switch. I want him to play that way all the time.''
Richard Howell added 18 points on 8-of-8 shooting for the Wolfpack (10-2), who won their sixth consecutive game.
N.C. State committed a season-low eight turnovers and shot 55 percent from the field, padding its NCAA-leading field goal percentage.
T.J. Warren scored 15 points, Scott Wood had 11 and Lorenzo Brown added 10 for the Wolfpack.
Leslie had 14 points, six rebounds and three steals after halftime.
''It was just me realizing that I'm a leader on the team and that I had to pick it up,'' Leslie said. ''That was it. The first half, I had to pick it up. I said it to myself, and that's wha...