Balanced Wolfpack top Yellow Jackets

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ATLANTA — C.J. Williams scored 15 points and North Carolina State avenged a loss to Georgia Tech last month, holding off the Yellow Jackets 61-52 on Thursday night.

N.C. State's C.J. Leslie (left) pulls down a rebound against Georgia Tech's Daniel Miller on Thursday.  JOHN BAZEMORE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
JOHN BAZEMORE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
N.C. State's C.J. Leslie (left) pulls down a rebound against Georgia Tech's Daniel Miller on Thursday.

The Wolfpack (18-7, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) got a typically balanced scoring attack, with three other players in double figures.

Kammeon Holsey had 17 points for Georgia Tech (9-15, 2-8), which couldn’t overcome 32 percent shooting, including 1 for 17 from 3-point range.

The Yellow Jackets beat N.C. State 82-71 in Raleigh, giving coach Brian Gregory his first ACC win. The Wolfpack could not afford another setback like that, not if they want to make a run at an NCAA Tournament bid.

N.C. State forward Scott Wood finally missed a free throw, ending his ACC record streak at 66 in a row. Actually, he missed three, going 2 for 5 at the foul line.

C.J. Leslie added 13 points, while Wood and Lorenzo Brown had 10 apiece.

TENNESSEE STATE 72, NO. 9 MURRAY STATE 68

In Murray, Ky., Robert Covington had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Tennessee State over Murray State, handing the Racers their first loss of the season.

Isaiah Canaan had 31 points and six rebounds for Murray State (23-1, 11-1 Ohio Valley Conference), which was the last unbeaten team in Division I.

Murray State had won the past eight meetings against Tennessee State (16-10, 9-4) dating to 2008-09.

NO. 20 MISSISSIPPI STATE 70, MISSISSIPPI 60

In Starkville, Miss., Arnett Moultrie scored 18 points, Dee Bost dished a career-high 13 assists and Mississippi State beat rival Mississippi.

It was another efficient performance for the 6-foot-11 Moultrie, who was 9 of 14 from the field.

Mississippi State (19-5, 6-3 Southeast­ern Conference) scored the first eight points and never trailed. Renardo Sidney added 14 points and Rodney Hood scored 10 for the Bulldogs.

Reginald Buckner had 15 points and nine rebounds for Ole Miss (14-9, 4-5), which has lost three of four.

NO. 21 WISCONSIN 68, MINNESOTA 61 (OT)

In Minneapolis, Jordan Taylor scored 27 points for his first college win in his home state, and Wisconsin gutted out a overtime victory at Minnesota.

The Badgers (19-6, 8-4 Big Ten) failed to score over the last 7½-plus minutes of the second half while the Gophers (17-8, 5-7) dug out of a 13-point hole. But that dogged Wisconsin defense came back in the overtime even though the Badgers’ shooting touch didn’t.

Ryan Evans had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Wisconsin, which went 15 for 17 from the free-throw line in OT.

Andre Hollins had 20 points, including five 3-pointers, and six rebounds for Minnesota.

NO. 23 INDIANA 84, ILLINOIS 71

In Bloomington, Ind., Cody Zeller scored 22 points and Victor Oladipo had 18 to lead 23 Indiana past Illinois.

The Hoosiers (19-6, 7-6 Big Ten) have won three of four.

D.J. Richardson had 19 points and Meyers Leonard added 17 for Illinois (16-8, 5-6), which has lost five in a row in Bloomington when the Hoosiers are ranked.


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