C.J. Leslie scored 25 points as No. 20 North Carolina State beat top-ranked Duke 84-76.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — C.J. Leslie and Richard Howell wanted this moment, the chance to help No. 20 North Carolina State take a big step forward after a bumpy start to a season seemingly filled with potential.

After a rousing performance to take down No. 1 Duke, the duo has put the Wolfpack back on everyone’s radar.

Leslie scored 25 points, including six straight during a key second-half run, to help North Carolina State beat the Blue Devils 84-76 Saturday.

Howell added 16 points and 18 rebounds in a relentless performance for the Wolfpack (14-2 overall, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

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“Coach (Mark Gottfried) said in the locker room: ‘Nobody’s going to give us anything and we’ve got to take it,’ ” Howell said. “That’s the mindset we came out with.”

North Carolina State was picked to win the ACC by media for the first time since the 1974-75 season, though two early losses caused a drop in hype.

But any lowered expectations are gone, along with the perfect record of Duke (15-1, 2-1).

“Our guys, mentally, showed a lot of toughness.” Gottfried said.

Seth Curry scored 22 points for the Blue Devils despite missing the final minutes with a left-ankle injury after he slipped on a wet spot on the court. Duke forward Ryan Kelly is out indefinitely with a right-foot injury.

“I thought we played our butts off,” Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Our kids played with a lot of heart, their kids played with a lot of heart and they were a little better than we were.”

Quinn Cook scored 17 points for Duke, which was listed as a five-point favorite, and Mason Plumlee had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Other Top 10 men

At No. 3 Louisville 64, South Florida 38

Peyton Siva, a graduate of Franklin High School in Seattle, scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Cardinals (15-1, 3-0 Big East) past the Bulls (9-6, 0-3).

Siva made 7 of 11 shots. The senior point guard has 1,004 points in 120 games; he is the 64th Louisville men’s player to score at least 1,000 in his career.

Gorgui Dieng added 12 points and 16 rebounds for the Cardinals, who dominated rebounding 49-24 and limited South Florida to 27 percent shooting.

At No. 5 Indiana 88,

No. 8 Minnesota 81

The Hoosiers (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) built a 52-29 halftime lead and turned back a late charge by the Golden Gophers (15-2, 3-1).

Victor Oladipo had 20 points and six rebounds for Indiana, which has won its last 18 home games. Minnesota cut the Hoosiers’ lead to three points with 19.5 seconds left but had its winning streak snapped at 11.

Andre Hollins led the Gophers with 25 points.

No. 6 Kansas 60,

at Texas Tech 46

Kevin Young scored 14 points to help the Jayhawks (14-1, 2-0 Big 12) beat the Raiders (8-6, 1-2) and extend their winning streak to 13. Kansas led 27-25 at halftime and scored the first 12 points of the second half.

At No. 7 Syracuse 72, Villanova 61

C.J. Fair scored 22 points as the Orange (16-1, 4-0 Big East) beat the Wildcats (11-5, 2-1) for its 34th home victory in a row.

James Southerland, second in scoring for Syracuse at 13.6 points per game, didn’t play and is out until further notice because of an eligibility issue.

At Mississippi 64,

No. 10 Missouri 49

Murphy Holloway scored 22 points, Jarvis Summers added 12 and Ole Miss (13-2, 2-0 Southeastern) cruised past the Tigers (12-3, 1-1).

The Rebels led the entire game, taking an early 9-0 lead.

Top 5 women

No. 3 Connecticut 85,

at Marquette 51

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 24 points and Stefanie Dolson added 20 as the Huskies (14-1, 2-1 Big East) beat the Golden Eagles (8-7, 0-2).


• Texas A&M’s Elston Turner, a transfer from Washington, scored a career-high 40 points to lead the Aggies to an 83-71 SEC victory at Kentucky. Turner made 14 of 19 shots from the field, including 6 of 10 three-pointers.

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