Raleigh, N.C. — Although C.J. Leslie's performance during NC State's 84-76 win over Duke will likely get much of the attention on Tobacco Road in the coming days, a post-game assist by Leslie and others that helped keep a wheelchair-bound student who had rushed the court safe probably deserves equal play.
That student, senior Will Privette, said he knew he would be part of the celebration following the Wolfpack's triumph. He just wasn't sure how.
"Two years ago when we beat Duke, I rushed the court," he said. "But I waited for the first round of people to go. That was my original plan today, just to do that."
As the end of the game neared, however, PNC Arena staff and others asked Privette if he wanted to be at the front of the line.
"Student body president Andy Walsh asked me if I wanted him to push me," he said. "As soon as the buzzer rang, we rushed."
Shortly after, as Privette and Walsh neared the jump circle, Privette's wheelchair was knocked over by the crowd. He went tumbling, and found himself at the bottom of a pile of happy Wolfpack fans for "what seemed like forever."
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