NC Wolfpack drops first home contest of the season in loss to Georgia Tech

Raleigh, NC – The NC State men’s basketball team fell to Georgia Tech, 86-76, Sunday night inside PNC Arena giving the team its first home loss of the year.

NC State basketball coach Mark Gottfried

NC State basketball coach Mark Gottfried.
photo by Gene Galin

Georgia Tech shot 62.5 percent from behind-the-arc and 49.2 percent from the floor in the win.

With the loss, the Pack falls to 12-6 (1-4 ACC), while Georgia Tech improves to 11-6 (3-2 ACC).

Dennis Smith, Jr. led the team in scoring for the eighth time in nine games with a career-high 31 points. He added a team-high eight rebounds, six assists, two blocks and two steals.

Maverick Rowan also reached double-digit scoring with 17 points.

NC State and Georgia Tech played a back-and-forth first half with eight lead changes and seven ties. Neither team led by more than five points during the opening period.

Five minutes into the first half, Georgia Tech extended its lead to 54-47 with a 7-0 run. The Pack cut the Yellow Jacket’s lead down to two points with 11 minutes to go, but the visitors responded with an 11-0 run to take a 13-point lead with 8:19 remaining.

After trailing by as many as 14 points, NC State attempted a late comeback, cutting the deficit to six points, but Georgia Tech made enough free throws late to keep the Wolfpack at bay.

Up Next:
NC State stays home to play Pittsburgh Tuesday night in PNC Arena at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.