RALEIGH -- For the first time in a month, N.C. State won an ACC game.
The Wolfpack beat No. 23 Wake Forest 68-54 to end a seven-game conference losing streak.
The Demon Deacons went 0-for-12 from 3-point range, while State hit six in the second half to close in on its first ACC win since Jan. 20. All three of the Wolfpack's ACC wins will be over ranked opponents.
Tracy Smith led the Wolfpack with 14 points but it was an unexpected boost from C.J. Williams, 12 points off the bench, which proved to be the difference.
With a strong defensive effort, the Wolfpack took a 28-18 halftime lead. The Wolfpack held the Demon Deacons to 25.9 percent shooting and forced 15 turnovers.
It's the second straight game State led by 10 at the half. They were up on Maryland 37-27 on Wednesday before faltering in the second half in a 67-58 loss.
State has been in control since Dennis Horner's steal, which led to a Williams layup, made it 12-5 at 12:45.
Wake, which is 2-5 on the road in the ACC, went almost 7:30 without a field goal in the first half and finished 7-of-27 from the floor.
State didn't shoot much better (31 percent) but had six steals and four blocks to create some points in transition.
Freshman forward Richard Howell, who missed the Maryland game with a thumb injury, returned to play 4 minutes in the first half.