Thursday, February 12, 2009

N.C. STATE: SMARTER THAN A THIRD GRADER

N.C. STATE 82, No. 8 WAKE FOREST 76

Wake is young and they continue to have difficulty with the Wolfpack who have now whipped them four straight times and five out of the last six.

Brandon Costner scored 23 points, including 11 in a row early in the second half, and Farnold Degand tied a career high with 14 points. Courtney Fells and Tracy Smith added 12 points apiece for N.C. State (13-9, 3-6 ACC), which watched a 20-point second half lead shrink to two in the final minute.

N.C. State students stormed the court after the clock expired in Wake Forest's third consecutive road loss. The Demon Deacons (18-4, 5-4 ACC) have lost four of six games since starting the season 16-0 and earning the nation's No. 1 ranking.

Coach Dino Gaudio was not pleased.

"We had two instances where we didn't block out on a free throw, which is inexcusable," Gaudio said. "One time, we didn't box out the shooter on a free throw. You learn to do that in the third grade."

VIRGINIA TECH 76, GEORGIA TECH 71

Malcolm Delaney scored nine of his 23 points in a four-minute stretch late in the second half and Virginia Tech extended a three-point lead to as many as 12 Wednesday night to hang on and win the battle of the Techs.

A.D. Vassallo added 18 points and Jeff Allen had 15 and nine rebounds for the Hokies (16-7, 6-3 ACC), who won their second straight after losing two in a row.

It was the third consecutive loss and the eighth in nine games for the Yellow Jackets (10-13, 1-9).

Gani Lawal led Georgia Tech with 23 points and eight rebounds and Alade Aminu scored 13.

(AP Photo/Jim R. Bounds and HokieSports.com)

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