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Howell returns to Atlanta, leads N.C. State past Tech

ATLANTA — Wheeler grad and former Central Gwinnett player Richard Howell scored 18 points as the visiting Wolfpack edged the Yellow Jackets, sweeping the season series for the first time since the 2008-09 season.

T.J. Warren added 14 points for North Carolina State (21-8, 10-6 ACC), which has won five of its last six games to tie Virginia for fourth place in the conference standings. C.J. Leslie logged 13 points and seven rebounds, Scott Wood grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and Lorenzo Brown had a game-high seven assists.

Mfon Udofia led Georgia Tech (15-13, 5-11) with nine points while Daniel Miller and Shiloh grad Robert Carter added eight each. The Yellow Jackets shot 22.2 percent from 3-point range and committed 15 turnovers.

Howell scored 10 points in an 18-4 North Carolina State run that gave the Wolfpack a 28-14 lead with 7:36 left in the first half. A 19-6 Georgia Tech response cut the deficit to 36-33 at halftime, but the Yellow Jackets were never able to pull even.

A Tyler Lewis 3-pointer pushed the North Carolina State cushion to 48-41 with 10:49 to go before a Georges-Hunt layup pulled Georgia Tech within 51-49 with 6:55 left. C.J. Leslie converted a three-point play 20 seconds later to spark a game-clinching 10-2 jaunt.

GAME NOTEBOOK: North Carolina State was just 2-6 on the road entering the game. ... The Wolfpack shot just 9.1 percent from beyond the arc. Wood was 1-for-8. ... Georgia Tech has not won back-to-back games in conference play since the end of the 2011-12 season.