Cold snap: NC State scores 24 vs. Hokies
No. 23 North Carolina State was held to a stunningly low point total, beaten by No. 12 Virginia Tech
47-24 on Saturday in the Wolfpack’s lowest-scoring output of the shot-clock era.
Kerry Blackshear had 13 points and 13 rebounds and Nickeil Alexander-Walker added 11 points for the visiting Hokies (18-3, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who led the entire way despite playing without point guard Justin Robinson.
Virginia Tech didn’t put up huge numbers, shooting just 36 percent and making
7 of 21 3-pointers. Then again, the Hokies didn’t need much production against the cold-shooting Wolfpack (16-6, 4-5).
N.C. State made just 9 of
54 shots, a conversion rate of 16.7 percent that included a 2-for-28 showing from
It was N.C. State’s lowest scoring output since managing 12 points in a win against Duke in the 1968 ACC tournament, nearly two decades before the implementation of the shot clock.
Luke Maye had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Cameron Johnson finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, helping No. 9 North Carolina avenge a blowout loss with a 79-69 victory over No. 15 Louisville.
The road win came three weeks after the Tar Heels (17-4, 7-1 ACC) were pounded by 21 points by Louisville (16-6, 7-2), their worst defeat at home under coach Roy Williams.
The Tar Heels (17-4, 7-1 ACC) returned the favor and ended Louisville’s sixgame winning streak.
UNC dominated the boards 49-32 for its fifth consecutive victory.
UNC gets revenge: Kansas secures key win:
Dedric Lawson had 25 points and 10 rebounds, Devon Dotson added 20 points and No. 11 Kansas cruised to a 79-63 victory over No. 16 Texas Tech.
Lagerald Vick added 13 points for the host Jayhawks (17-5, 6-3 Big 12), who came into the showdown of Big 12 title contenders having lost two straight and three of four.
The Red Raiders fell to 17-5 and 5-4.