RALEIGH, N.C. — For much of the way, Georgia Tech forced No. 20 North Carolina State to play its way. But once the Yellow Jackets started giving up fast breaks, the Wolfpack simply ran away from them.
Georgia Tech lost to N.C. State 83-70 on Wednesday night after allowing 21 points and 10 assists to Wolfpack guard Lorenzo Brown.
"They score all their stuff on the fast break," said Daniel Miller, who led Georgia Tech with 15 points and 10 rebounds. "We tried to slow that down by getting back on defense."
It worked for a long while: the Yellow Jackets (10-4, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 51-47 with 10 minutes to go on Solomon Poole's runner in the lane.
But once N.C. State created an opening for itself, the Wolfpack ran through it en route to their ninth straight victory.
"We didn't continue to do it, and we started playing their game," Miller said. "We tried to trade some baskets, but they're leading the country in field goal percentage and it went their way."
Mfon Udofia scored 13 points and Robert Carter Jr. added 12 points for Georgia Tech — which was playing its first game outside Atlanta since November. The Yellow Jackets fell to 0-2 in true road games and remained one victory shy of matching last season's win total.
Scott Wood added 20 points and C.J. Leslie had 19 in his 11th straight game in double figures for the Wolfpack (13-2, 2-0).
The nation's most accurate shooting team shot 50.9 percent and needed a late surge to avoid entering its most heavily hyped game so far — a visit Saturday from top-ranked Duke — after a loss.
"I never heard (the Duke game) mentioned inside our practice facility, and when you've got four starters that return and have been through this league, I think they're seasoned enough to know you've got to play every night," N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. "You can't look past anybody in this conference."