RALEIGH, N.C. -- Scott Wood connected on three second-half 3-point shots as No. 20 North Carolina State pulled away from visiting Georgia Tech for a 83-70 victory Wednesday night at PNC Arena.
The Wolfpack suddenly turned efficient on offense down the stretch to overcome the Yellow Jackets, who stayed even through the first 33 minutes of the Atlantic Coast Conference game.
The outcome added more fuel for N.C. State (13-2, 2-0 ACC) heading into a home game against top-ranked and undefeated Duke on Saturday afternoon. The Wolfpack will carry a nine-game winning streak -- matching its longest since 2004-05 -- into that game.
Lorenzo Brown paced N.C. State with 21 points. Wood finished with 20 points, and C.J. Leslie added 19 points.
N.C. State is 20-2 across a two-season period when Wood, a senior guard, drains three or more 3-pointers in a game.
Daniel Miller scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Georgia Tech (10-4, 0-2), which has lost consecutive games for the first time this season. All of the Yellow Jackets' defeats have come by double-figure margins.
Wood's 3-pointer broke a 55-55 tie, and teammate Rodney Purvis added another 3-pointer two possessions later.
When Brown drove through the lane for a basket with 5:09 left, the Wolfpack held a 63-57 edge -- its largest advantage to that point of the game.
Leslie scored in transition to keep the momentum before Miller completed a three-point play for Georgia Tech. On that play with 4:20 left, Leslie was charged with his fourth foul.
Georgia Tech, buoyed by relentless work on the offensive glass, led 51-47 midway through the second half.
Georgia Tech's Chris Bolden bagged a 3-pointer in the waning seconds of the first half to give the Yellow Jackets a 38-37 lead.
N.C. State, which has trailed at the half in both of its ACC games, broke a 30-30 tie to bolt ahead 37-33.
Georgia Tech built a 13-6 lead before N.C. State surged ahead at 16-15 on Lorenzo Brown's second 3-pointer.
The game was almost 13 minutes old before the Wolfpack was charged with its second foul. Georgia Tech entered the game with the fewest free-throw attempts in the league.
A timing problem late in the first half when more than 20 seconds ran off the clock that went initially undetected was later sorted out, causing a delay.
NOTES: N.C. State improved to 9-4 in ACC home openers since moving to the arena that's now the Wolfpack's regular home court. ... Georgia Tech was playing away from home for the first time since Nov. 28. During the seven-game homestand, the Yellow Jackets had a six-game winning streak end with Saturday's loss to Miami. ... A year ago, Georgia Tech's first ACC victory under coach Brian Gregory came in a road game against N.C. State.