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Saturday, February 23, 2013
Rapid Reaction: UNC 76, NC State 65

By Robbi Pickeral



CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Small lineup? Doesn’t mean you can’t play big. North Carolina withstood a couple of rally attempts by taller NC State to avenge last month’s loss to its in-state rival, avoid the Wolfpack’s attempt at a regular-season sweep for the first time since 2002-03 and push its record to 3-1 since it went to a four-guard starting lineup.

A quick look at the Tar Heels’ 76-65 victory at the Smith Center.

Turning point: The Tar Heels -- who led by as many as 10 points early in the second half -- trailed 55-52 with eight minutes left. They countered with an 18-2 run, which included eight points from Reggie Bullock and a 3-pointer, three-point play and two free throws from freshman point guard Marcus Paige, to take a 70-57 lead with under four minutes to go.

Player(s) of the game: Bullock finished with 22 points and tied his career high with 13 rebounds. Paige, who looked lost in UNC’s defeat at State last month, had 14 points and eight assists.

Scott Wood led the Wolfpack with 19 points, and Richard Howell finished with 17 rebounds.

Number(s) to know: UNC scored 24 points off turnovers. NC State had 16. ... The Wolfpack outrebounded the Tar Heels 39-32.

Next up: NC State faces Boston College on Wednesday; UNC plays at Clemson on Thursday.