RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Francis Alonso scored 17 points to help UNC Greensboro beat North Carolina State 81-76 on Saturday for the first time in school history.
Marvin Smith Jr. added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Spartans (8-3), who rallied from a 14-point deficit in the first half.
UNCG picked up its first win against N.C. State in 11 tries and improved to 3-59 all time against teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Spartans erased N.C. State’s big first-half lead with a 14-1 run, and they opened the second half with a 20-3 spurt to seize control.
Jordy Kuiper scored 11 of his 14 points in the second half for UNCG, which led 60-45 with 11 minutes to play.
N.C. State trailed 79-76 in the closing seconds, but Allerik Freeman turned over the ball before the Wolfpack could try to tie the game.
Freeman scored 17 points to lead the Wolfpack (8-3), who played without suspended starting point guard Markell Johnson.
Johnson was suspended indefinitely for “a violation of the Student-Athlete Code of Conduct,” according to a statement by N.C. State.
Braxton Beverly and Lennard Freeman added 16 points each for the Wolfpack.
UNCG: The Spartans showed that they are ready for more success after posting 25 wins a year ago. They played harder and smarter than N.C. State, which should give them plenty of confidence as they head into Southern Conference play.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack suddenly have some questions to answer as they approach the start of conference play. The length of Johnson’s absence is unknown, and N.C. State used only seven players against the Spartans. Beverly and Allerik Freeman each played 40 minutes.
UNCG hosts UNC Asheville on Tuesday in the final game of a four-game stretch against in-state opponents.
N.C. State hosts Robert Morris on Tuesday, snapping a streak in which it played three consecutive Saturdays.
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