Monday, February 4, 2008

N.C. STATE 67, WAKE FOREST 65

Ben McCauley's stickback dunk as time expired lifted North Carolina State to a 67-65 victory against Wake Forest on Sunday.

Ishmael Smith appeared to have forced overtime when he hit an acrobatic shot in the lane with 5 seconds left. McCauley inbounded the ball to Gavin Grant near midcourt, Grant raced downcourt and hoisted a 3-pointer from the right wing that bounced off the rim.

McCauley leaped over James Johnson and Jamie Skeen and dunked the rebound through with his left hand at the buzzer, sending the Wolfpack into delirium along the baseline while the Demon Deacons stared in disbelief.

Grant finished with 17 points for N.C. State (14-7, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), which handed Wake Forest its 10th straight road loss in league play.

Freshman Jeff Teague scored 17 points to lead the Demon Deacons (13-7, 3-4), who have lost seven in a row this season away from Winston-Salem.

Wake Forest's James Johnson (23) defends as North Carolina State's Gavin Grant (11) drives to the basket during the second half. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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