No. 20 NC State upsets No. 1 Duke 84-76

No. 20 NC State upsets No. 1 Duke 84-76

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RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 12: Lorenzo Brown #2 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack drives between Amile Jefferson #21 and Mason Plumlee #5 of the Duke Blue Devils during play at PNC Arena on January 12, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on January 12, 2013 at 4:04 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- C.J. Leslie scored 25 points -- including six straight during a key second-half run -- to help No. 20 North Carolina State beat No. 1 Duke 84-76 on Saturday. 

Richard 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. 

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. Now N.C. State is back on everyone's radar, while the Blue Devils (15-1, 2-1) are no longer unbeaten. 

Seth Curry scored 22 for Duke, 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.
 

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