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Brown leads No. 20 NC State past Ga Tech, 83-70
NC STATE 83, GEORGIA TECH 70

By JOEDY McCREARY
AP Sports Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Lorenzo Brown and No. 20 North Carolina
State got hot just in time to keep rolling into the biggest game
of the season.



Brown had 21 points and 10 assists, and helped the Wolfpack pull
away late to beat Georgia Tech 83-70 on Wednesday night for
their ninth straight win.



"I told him from the start that it looked like he was kind of
having his way, and getting the things that he wanted," teammate
Scott Wood said. "He just did a good job of being aggressive and
taking advantage."



Wood added 20 points and C.J. Leslie had 19 in his 11th straight
game in double figures for the Wolfpack (13-2, 2-0 Atlantic
Coast Conference).



The nation's most accurate shooting team shot 50.9 percent and
needed a late surge to avoid entering its most heavily hyped
game so far - a visit Saturday from top-ranked Duke - after a
loss.



"I never heard (the Duke game) mentioned inside our practice
facility, and when you've got four starters that return and have
been through this league, I think they're seasoned enough to
know you've got to play every night," coach Mark Gottfried said.
"You can't look past anybody in this conference."



Daniel Miller had 15 points and 10 rebounds.



The Yellow Jackets (10-4, 0-2) controlled the tempo for the
first 30 minutes and led 51-47 with 10 minutes to play but
managed just three field goals in the final 7 1/2 minutes and
lost their second straight.



"We worked the ball more than they will," said Daniel Miller,
who led Georgia Tech with 15 points and 10 rebounds. "They'll
take a shot as soon as they think they're open. That limited
them a little bit from getting those fast-break opportunities. I
thought we did a good job for the most part."



Despite the final score, this one was tight for most of the way,
with 11 ties and 14 lead changes. With Georgia Tech patiently in
charge of the pace, neither team could assemble anything
resembling a run and neither team led by more than four in the
half until N.C. State got things rolling midway through.



"Down the stretch . we executed our offense really well. We got
the shots we wanted, the ball went where we needed it to go and
we stepped up and made some shots, too," Gottfried said.



Wood hit two of his four 3-pointers during the burst - N.C.
State improved to 14-0 under Gottfried when he hits at least
four 3s - and his free throw made it 72-60 with 3:14 left.



"Any time you can close out games," Wood said, "that makes you
that much more dangerous."



In between Wood's 3s, Leslie came up with the highlight-reel
play of the night when he blocked Carter's 3 at the key, then
beat the Yellow Jackets downcourt and hit a layup that had PNC
Arena hopping.



Brown set a career scoring high for ACC games, surpassing the 20
he scored against both North Carolina and Wake Forest last year,
and had his fourth game this season with double figures in
assists.



"The best thing he does is in transition - he can really make
plays in transition," Georgia Tech coach Brian Gregory said. "He
made some risky plays, too, but he's just got a flair in the
open court to be able to kind of dissect a defense. . I said
last year as a sophomore that he was one of the premier point
guards in the country, and there's no doubt about it. He's
proving it night in and night out here."



Rodney Purvis finished with 13 points and Richard Howell had 12
rebounds for the Wolfpack, who entered making a Division I-best
53.1 percent of their shots. They made 12 of their last 15
attempts in this one, matched their longest winning streak since
2004-05 and picked up their 10th straight victory at home.



Mfon Udofia scored 13 points and Robert Carter Jr. added 12
points for Georgia Tech - which was playing its first game
outside Atlanta since November. The Yellow Jackets fell to 0-2
in true road games and remained one victory shy of matching last
season's win total.

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