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Recap: Duke 76, North Carolina State 84
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Date: January 12, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
  

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - C.J. Leslie and Richard Howell wanted this moment, the chance to help No. 20 North Carolina State make a big step forward after a bumpy start to a season filled with potential.

Now, after a rousing performance to take down No. 1 Duke, the duo has put the Wolfpack back on everyone's radar.

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Leslie scored 25 points, including six straight during a key second-half run, to help N.C. State beat the Blue Devils 84-76 on Saturday.

Howell added 16 points and 18 rebounds in a relentless performance for the Wolfpack (14-2, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) in a matchup of the teams predicted to finish 1-2 in the league.

``Coach (Mark Gottfried) said in the locker room: Nobody's going to give us anything and we've got to take it,' Howell said. ``That's the mindset we came out with. We've got to take everything ... and that's what we did.'

N.C. State was picked for the first time in nearly four decades to win the league, though two early losses drained some buzz.

No longer. Any lowered expectations are gone along with Duke's perfect record.

``I thought our guys, they accepted the challenge,' Gottfried said. ``It's one of those (games) where it comes to a point where mentally you say, `I'm going to get it done' and they're not going to go away. ... They're not going to lay down for us. Our guys mentally showed a lot of toughness.'

It was N.C. State's first win against the No. 1-ranked team since beating Duke here in February 2004 and its sixth overall.

Lorenzo Brown finished with 12 points and 13 assists for the Wolfpack, while senior Scott Wood added 14 with three 3-pointers - including a four-point play in the first half.

Seth Curry scored 22 despite missing the final minutes with a left ankle injury for Duke (15-1, 2-1), which shot 45 percent and hung around early by crashing the boards for second-chance baskets. But the Blue Devils had no answer after halftime for Leslie and Howell, a duo that helped the Wolfpack lead all second half.

With Duke's loss, No. 2 Michigan (16-0) is now the nation's last unbeaten team heading into Sunday's game at No. 15 Ohio State.

``I thought we played our butts off,' Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. ``Our kids played with a lot of heart, their kids played with a lot of heart, and they were a little better than we were.'

Fittingly, Howell hauled in the rebound on Duke's final shot, then passed the ball to Brown as Leslie began jumping around near midcourt to celebrate. Brown flung the ball high into the air as the horn sounded while students and Wolfpack fans stormed to the court - the charge led by a fan in a wheelchair - to celebrate.

Fans soon lifted Leslie and Brown on their shoulders amid the sea of red-clad jubilation.

``I saw the whole court and I couldn't see a bit of court,' Leslie said. ``I couldn't see one part of the floor. It was just people everywhere. So that's going to be a remembrance that we'll never forget. We'll always keep this in our minds.'

This was the kind of moment Wolfpack fans long hungry to challenge perennial heavyweights Duke and North Carolina atop the league have been hoping for all season.

N.C. State entered the year as the preseason ACC favorite for the first time since the 1974-75 season, while its No. 6 ranking to start the year was the program's highest in nearly 29 years. But the Wolfpack lost to Oklahoma State and Michigan in November to slide down the rankings.

Meanwhile, the Blue Devils made it to Saturday unscathed despite playing a schedule that included Kentucky, Louisville, Ohio State and Minnesota - all of which have spent time in the Top 10 this season - to reach No. 1.

But the Wolfpack certainly rose to the occasion Saturday, whether it was Leslie performing to his status as the preseason ACC player of the year or Howell attacking the boards and scoring on second-half putbacks that seized momentum.

N.C. State shot 51 percent to earn its 10th straight win and its first 3-0 start in ACC play since the 1988-89 season, which was also the last time the Wolfpack won the ACC regular-season crown or had a winning streak this long. The Wolfpack also made 20 of 23 free throws, a season-high 87 percent.

It didn't help that Duke was without starting forward Ryan Kelly, who is out indefinitely with a right foot injury. He was on crutches on the Duke bench while Leslie and Howell went wild.

Junior Josh Hairston started for Kelly and had eight points with five rebounds, while freshman forward Amile Jefferson - who chose the Blue Devils over the Wolfpack - had 10 points before fouling out to mocking cheers by the rowdy sellout crowd.

``We know that no team is perfect,' Hairston said. ``Every team has flaws. One thing that this team is not going to do is use Ryan's injury as an excuse. ... We're going to adjust.'

With his team protecting a 58-57 lead, Leslie went to work, knocking down a jumper then getting past Hairston in the lane for another bucket. On the next possession, he muscled the ball up between two defenders, and soon the Wolfpack pushed their biggest lead to 67-57 with 7:44 left.

The Blue Devils twice got as close as four, though Leslie scored over Mason Plumlee inside to answer the last push with 1:41 left. The Wolfpack closed this one out confidently, hitting eight straight and 9 of 10 free throws in the final minute.

The Blue Devils played the final 3-plus minutes without Curry, who crumpled to the court after slipping on a wet spot. While Quinn Cook (17 points) and Plumlee (15 points, 11 rebounds) performed well for the Blue Devils, top rookie Rasheed Sulaimon managed just four points on 0-for-10 shooting.

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 DUKE  -125   -1.5   149.5 
 NCST  +105   +1.5   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 DUKE  -135   -2   149.5 
 NCST  +115   +2   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 DUKE  64%   46%   77% 
 NCST  36%   54%   23% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NCAA BK RECAPS
 Saturday, Jan 12
 
    Georgetown at St Johns
11:00 AM EDT
    Virginia at Clemson
12:00 PM EDT
    Delaware at Georgia State
12:00 PM EDT
    Minnesota at Indiana
12:00 PM EDT
    Duke at North Carolina State
12:00 PM EDT
    Villanova at Syracuse
12:00 PM EDT
    Northeastern at Towson
12:00 PM EDT
    Marquette at Pittsburgh
12:00 PM EDT
    Tennessee at Alabama
1:00 PM EDT
    Mississippi St at Georgia
1:45 PM EDT
    Auburn at South Carolina
1:45 PM EDT
    Kansas State at West Virginia
1:45 PM EDT
    UCLA at Colorado
2:00 PM EDT
    North Carolina at Florida State
2:00 PM EDT
    Texas at Iowa State
2:00 PM EDT
    Bradley at Northern Iowa
2:00 PM EDT
    Valparaiso at Wisconsin Milwaukee
2:00 PM EDT
    Illinois at Wisconsin
2:15 PM EDT
    Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech
2:30 PM EDT
    Fresno State at New Mexico
3:00 PM EDT
    Tulane at Southern Methodist
3:00 PM EDT
    Oklahoma State at Oklahoma
3:00 PM EDT
    Montana State at North Dakota
3:00 PM EDT
    Washington State at California
4:00 PM EDT
    Harvard at Dartmouth
4:00 PM EDT
    William Mary at Hofstra
4:00 PM EDT
    Texas AM at Kentucky
4:00 PM EDT
    Florida at Louisiana State
4:00 PM EDT
    Kansas at Texas Tech
4:00 PM EDT
    George Washington at Xavier
4:00 PM EDT
    Boston College at Wake Forest
4:00 PM EDT
    Detroit at Cleveland State
4:30 PM EDT
    Vanderbilt at Arkansas
6:00 PM EDT
    Saint Louis at Temple
6:00 PM EDT
    Southern Cal at Utah
6:00 PM EDT
    Montana at Northern Colo
6:30 PM EDT
    Northridge at UC Irvine
7:00 PM EDT
    Hawaii at Long Beach State
7:00 PM EDT
    Colorado State at San Diego State
8:00 PM EDT
    Drake at Illinois State
8:00 PM EDT
    Missouri at Mississippi
8:00 PM EDT
    Indiana State at Southern Illinois
8:00 PM EDT
    Arizona at Oregon State
8:00 PM EDT
    Florida Atlantic at W. Kentucky
8:00 PM EDT
    Memphis at UAB
8:30 PM EDT
    Sacramento State at Eastern Washington
9:00 PM EDT
    Cal Riverside at Cal State Fullerton
9:00 PM EDT
    Idaho State at Southern Utah
9:00 PM EDT
    Santa Barbara at UC Davis
10:00 PM EDT
    Air Force at UNLV
10:00 PM EDT
    Cal Poly SLO at Pacific
10:00 PM EDT
    Northern Arizona at Portland State
10:30 PM EDT
    Washington at Stanford
11:00 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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