Howell leads 'Pack past Aztecs 79-65

Howell leads 'Pack past Aztecs 79-65

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COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 16: C.J. Williams #21 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack celebrates winning 79-65 against the San Diego State Aztecs during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Nationwide Arena on March 16, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on March 16, 2012 at 3:11 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 16 at 3:11 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Richard Howell doubled his average with 22 points and 11th-seeded North Carolina State used its muscle inside and sticky defense to upset San Diego State 79-65 on Friday in a first-round East Regional game.

The Wolfpack (23-12) advances to play the winner of Belmont-Georgetown on Sunday at Nationwide Arena.

Lorenzo Brown added 17 points, C.J. Leslie 15 and Scott Wood 10 for the Wolfpack, who are now 12-5 in their first NCAA games. N.C. State has won at least a game in seven of their last eight trips.

Jamaal Franklin had 23 points and Chase Tapley 19 for the Aztecs (26-8).
 

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