Rodney Monroe pulled North Carolina State back into the game, and almost pushed the great David Thompson to the back of the school record book.
With Thompson watching from the stands, Monroe scored 48 points and rallied the Wolfpack in the second half Sunday to a 90-83 victory over No. 24 Georgia Tech.Thompson, a two-time All-American, scored a team-record 57 points in 1974 against Buffalo State. But with Monroe shooting non-stop, Thompson knew his mark was in trouble.
"It was looking like it was about to go," Thompson said. "I was just glad it didn't go into overtime. I knew it would have been gone by then."
Neither Monroe nor North Carolina State got off to a good start against visiting Georgia Tech. Monroe shot just 4-for-16 and the Wolfpack missed their last 14 shots in falling behind 50-38 at halftime.
But Monroe wound up scoring 31 points in the second half, and also wound up with the school record for points in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.
Monroe finished 17-for-37 from the field, including 6-for-8 from 3-point range. He began the day with a 27-point scoring average.
Tech star guard Kenny Anderson, who scored 50 points in a game earlier this season, saw what it was like to be on the other side as he was among those who tried to guard Monroe.
"He's their only weapon, basically, and they set him up so well," Anderson said. "We played good defense. He was just hitting shots, raining shots."
The Wolfpack improved to 8-3 overall and 2-0 in the ACC. Malcolm Mackey scored 26 points for the Yellow Jackets (9-5, 1-2).
St. John's 72, No. 9 Connecticut 59
Malik Sealy scored 26 points as No. 10 St. John's (11-2) stopped No. 9 Connecticut's 22-game home winning streak. Connecticut (12-2) was the last unbeaten team in the Big East.
Scenic West update
Davis Rasmussen sank two free throws with two seconds to play to lift Ricks College to a come-from-behind victory over Utah Valley Community College in Rexburg, Idaho.
The Saturday night win put the Vikings atop the Scene West Athletic Conference standings with a 5-0 record.
Three teams - fifth-ranked Southern Idaho, Dixie College and North Idaho - were tied for second place with identical 4-1 records after last week's action. Overall, Ricks was 14-2, while Southern Idaho was 17-1.
Rasmussen scored 14 of his 22 points Saturday in the last seven minutes of the game as Ricks overcame a 10-point Utah Valley lead.
Dixie College's Cliff Reed tallied 27 points and had 14 rebounds in the Rebels' 102-82 win at Colorado Northwestern Saturday night. Eastern Utah beat Snow 85-76, in spite of Jim Crosbie's 30 points and Rob Johnson's bucket with eight seconds to play in overtime edged Colorado Northwestern past Snow College 93-92.