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.
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