NC State hands No. 2 Duke its 1st loss in 87-75 upset

Jan 11, 2015 3:57 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Trevor Lacey scored 21 points and North Carolina State shot 55 percent to beat No. 2 Duke 87-75 on Sunday, knocking off one of the last three unbeaten teams in the country.

The Wolfpack (12-5, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) ran constant double teams at preseason All-American Jahlil Okafor to slow Duke's big man. N.C. State went 10 for 16 from 3-point range to take control, knocking down tough shots and attacking the paint. The Wolfpack stayed aggressive as Duke's defense couldn't get a stop and looked lost.

Okafor finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds, but the Blue Devils (14-1, 2-1) shot 37 percent and just couldn't keep up when N.C. State's offense got rolling.

The Wolfpack ran off seven straight scoring possessions to build a 19-point lead - Duke's biggest deficit all season by far - then did enough to turn away the Blue Devils' late comeback attempts.

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