Jackson finished with 24 votes to 15 for Wake Forest’s John Collins.
The Wolfpack (15-15, 4-13) made a last-stand run to get within 59-51.
In his three seasons with the Seahawks, Keatts has a combined record 67-27.
North Carolina State dealt a blow to Georgia Tech’s slim NCAA Tournament hopes.
Mark Gottfried walked out to loud applause from N.C. State fans before the game Saturday.
The loss was the Wolfpack’s first game since the announcement that coach Mark Gottfried is out after the season.
Gottfried will coach the remainder of the season.
UNC finished with a 60-22 edge in points in the paint and a 41-25 rebounding advantage that led to a 27-13 edge in second-chance points.
Dennis Smith Jr. scored 17 points to lead the Wolfpack (14-12, 3-10), who offered meager resistance as Wake Forest kept stretching out its l…
Terry Henderson led N.C. State (14-11, 3-9) with 17 points while Maverick Rowan and Abdul-Malik Abu added 16 apiece.