Brown leads No. 25 NC State over Stanford 88-79

Brown leads No. 25 NC State over Stanford 88-79
December 18, 2012, 11:08 pm
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North Carolina State's Rodney Purvis (0) loses the ball as he drives to the basket against Stanford's Josh Huestis (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Lorenzo Brown scored 18 of his season-high 24 points after halftime to help No. 25 North Carolina State pull away to beat Stanford 88-79 on Tuesday night.

Scott Wood scored 15 of his 17 in the first half for the Wolfpack (8-2), who earned a fourth straight win with another high-scoring performance at home. It also allowed N.C. State to avenge a road loss last year in which the Wolfpack blew a 12-point lead in the second half.

Richard Howell finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Wolfpack for his fourth straight double-double.

Dwight Powell continued his recent strong play for the Cardinal (7-4), scoring 23 points for his fourth 20-point performance in five games. But Stanford gave up its highest point total of the season.

N.C. State, which came in leading the country by shooting nearly 53 percent, finished this one at 56 percent.