WINSTON-SALEM — A slow start and lax defense cost N.C. State in its last ACC game. Neither was a problem for the Wolfpack in the first half against Wake Forest on Saturday.
State leads Wake 33-17 at the half with eight points each from Scott Wood, Lorenzo Brown and C.J. Williams and an improved defensive energy.
Georgia Tech scored 82 points in Wednesday's upset in Raleigh and shot 60 percent from 3-point range. Wake's 1 of 12 from 3 and its top two perimeter scorers, Travis McKie and C.J. Harris have two field goals and six points between them.
State has led the entire time, 11-4 by the first timeout and 19-10 when Wake coach Jeff Bzdelik called a timeout on top of the 12-minute TV timeout.
There was a four-minute stretch, and 14 combined possessions, when neither team scored. Brown has been aggressive and had a hand in eight of State's 12 field goals, with five assists. He hit a 3-pointer at 1:42 and then made a reverse layup with 35.3 seconds left to push State's lead to 33-17.