North Carolina State 84, Duke 76

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

RALEIGH, N.C. -- C.J. Leslie scored 25 points, and Richard Howell had 16 points and 18 rebounds as 20th-ranked North Carolina State knocked off top-ranked and previously unbeaten Duke, 84-76, in an Atlantic Coast Conference game on Saturday at PNC Arena.
A wild storming of the court ensued after N.C. State (14-2, 3-0 in the ACC) stretched its winning streak to 10 games, it's longest in 24 years. The Wolfpack has its first 3-0 ACC start since the 1988-89 season.
Duke (15-1, 2-1), appearing on an opponent's court for the first time this season, was playing its first full game without injured forward Ryan Kelly.
Seth Curry scored 13 of his 22 points for the Blue Devils in the second half, but left because of what appeared to be a left leg injury with 3:15 to play and the Blue Devils trailing, 73-67.
Quinn Cook scored 17 points and Mason Plumlee added 15 points for Duke, which had the third-best start to a season in school history end.
N.C. State, which was leading the nation with a 53 percent shooting percentage this season, shot 50.8 percent.
Five players scored in double figures for the Wolfpack, which made amends for squandering a 20-point road lead and losing in last season's only meeting between the teams.
This time, N.C. State held a 49-41 lead after Richard Howell scored six points in the first four minutes after halftime, doubling his offensive production from the first half.
Duke pulled to within 58-57 on Curry's 3-pointer before the Wolfpack scored the next nine points for its largest advantage at 67-57, and the Blue Devils never caught up.
After trailing by five early, the Blue Devils built a 27-19 edge, aided by transition baskets.
Scott Wood of N.C. State hit his third 3-pointer, this time as he was fouled, and converted a four-point play. On the play, Wood and Duke's Tyler Thornton were assessed technical fouls, marking Thornton's third foul of the game.
That began N.C. State's 14-2 run to surge into a 33-29 lead, causing the Blue Devils to use a timeout.
Curry's 3-pointer tied the game, 39-39, before T.J. Warren's runner gave the Wolfpack a 41-39 halftime edge.
Duke reserve Amile Jefferson scored eight points in the first 15 minutes, more than in his previous four games combined. The freshman finished with 10, hindered by picking up his fourth foul with 14:46 left and fouling out at the 8:07.
NOTES: N.C. State is 6-27 all-time against No. 1-ranked teams. ... Duke had been in six neutral-site game before to its first true road outing of the season. ... Junior forward Josh Hairston started for Duke in place of injured Ryan Kelly. It was his third career starting role, with the other two coming last season. Hairston posted a season-high eight points. Kelly averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. ... Duke's school-best starts of 17-0 came in 1991-92 and 2005-06. ... N.C. State was Duke's fourth nationally ranked opponent this season. ... The rematch is Feb. 7 at Durham.

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