AP Sports Writer
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) (Jan. 22) – Anthony Grundy had 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals as North Carolina State remained unbeaten at home with a 66-58 victory over cold-shooting Georgia Tech on Saturday night.
The Wolfpack (13-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) showed no emotional letdown following its overtime loss to No. 5 Duke four days ago, improving to 12-0 in the Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena.
Georgia Tech (9-8, 2-3) averages an ACC-best 8.6 3-pointers a game but was only 4-for-19 from beyond the arc in putting up its second-lowest point total of the season.
Jason Collier led the Yellow Jackets with 21 points. Georgia Tech shot just 34.5 percent.
N.C. State led by as many as 13 points midway through the second half before hitting the skids offensively, missing six straight shots and turning it over twice as the Yellow Jackets closed to 61-56 on a Shaun Fein 3-pointer with 2:08 left.
Fein’s 3-point attempt that would have trimmed the Wolfpack lead to two rimmed out less than a minute later, and N.C. State was 5-for-6 from the foul line over the final 1:02 to seal the win.
The Wolfpack used a 21-5 run to erase an early-six point deficit, grabbing a 25-15 lead 8:14 before the half as Georgia Tech coughed the ball up on four straight possessions.
However, the Yellow Jackets countered with a 17-5 run of their own as the Wolfpack battled foul trouble.
Grundy, who had 12 first-half points, helped N.C. State secure a four-point halftime lead with two free throws and a nice driving shot in the lane.