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

Trevor Lacey and North Carolina State picked apart No. 2 Duke’s defense and ended the Blue Devils’ unbeaten start.

Lacey scored 21 points and the Wolfpack shot 55 percent to beat Duke 87-75 on Sunday, knocking off one of the last three undefeated 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.

N.C. State led 37-33 at the break then used the big second-half flurry to push the lead to 72-53 when Lacey hit a straightaway 3-pointer over Okafor with the shot clock winding down at the 5:43 mark.

Written by Lefty Aaron Brooks

Lefty Aaron Brooks

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