NC State 76, Wake Forest 40

Lorenzo Brown scored 20 points and North Carolina State

embarrassed Wake Forest on its home floor once again, routing the

Demon Deacons 76-40 on Saturday for its most lopsided ACC road

victory in more than half a century.

C.J. Williams added 15 points and Richard Howell had 12 points

and 12 rebounds for the Wolfpack (13-5, 2-1 Atlantic Coast

Conference). They never trailed in claiming their fourth straight

win in the series and second straight by at least 30 points.

N.C. State – which entered allowing an ACC-worst 70 points per

game – held Wake Forest to just over half that on 29 percent

shooting (16 of 55) and gave up only two field goals during a

stretch of roughly 14 minutes.

C.J. Harris had 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting for the Demon

Deacons (10-7, 1-2), who were 2 of 20 from 3-point range and have

lost three of four.

Scott Wood added 12 points and DeShawn Painter had 12 rebounds

for N.C. State, which led 33-17 at halftime and then pulled away by

outscoring Wake Forest 30-8 to start the second half. Brown pushed

the Wolfpack lead into the 20s when his 3 roughly 3 minutes into

the half made it 43-21, and Wood made it a 30-point game when his

free throw with 11:37 left stretched it to 54-23.

By then, the only question was whether the Wolfpack would

surpass the 112-72 rout at Clemson in December 1954 as the most

lopsided ACC road victory in school history.

They threatened that record here for the second time in 11

months, after N.C. State routed the Demon Deacons 80-55 at the

once-inhospitable Joel Coliseum last February for its most

one-sided road win in ACC play since that 1954 season.

The Wolfpack did even better in an encouraging effort from start

to finish after the team was challenged to play better defense by

new coach Mark Gottfried after Georgia Tech shot 51 percent against

them in a double-figure win Wednesday night.

The players certainly got the message. The Wolfpack’s defense

was the story once again – this time for all the right reasons.

N.C. State held Wake Forest to just 17 points in the first half,

the Demon Deacons’ worst half of the season.

During the final 13 minutes, they put the ball through the

basket from the field only once – on Nikita Mescheriakov’s drive

through the lane. The only other field goal during that time came

when Leslie was called for goaltending on Travis McKie’s drive.

Wake Forest went to the locker room with more turnovers (nine) than

buckets (six), no Demon Deacon player had more than one basket and

the game was essentially over by then.