North Carolina State will be in the mood to celebrate should it beat North Carolina tonight, but it's almost a certainty the Wolfpack will be too tired to stage much of a party.

The Wolfpack beat the ninth-ranked Tar Heels 97-91 Wednesday night by using just six players while North Carolina employed 14. They play again tonight at Chapel Hill, meeting back-to-back because their first game was postponed Jan. 16 when the war began in the Persian Gulf.Wednesday night's game between the Atlantic Coast Conference rivals was a mad bomber's dream.

Rodney Monroe scored 21 of his 37 points in the second half as North Carolina State unleashed its 3-point arsenal, making 12 of 23 long-range shots.

Despite losing, the Tar Heels were even more impressive, hitting 14 of 25 from beyond the 3-point line.

No. 18 Kansas 85

No. 15 Nebraska 77

Richard Scott scored the first six points in a 14-4 second-half surge, vaulting the Jayhawks over the taller Cornhuskers in a battle of Big Eight leaders.

The victory gave Kansas, 11-0 at home this season, a 16-4 overall mark and a Big Eight log of 5-2. Kansas and Nebraska (18-4, 4-3) had been tied for the Big Eight lead with Oklahoma State. The Jayhawks and the Cowboys, who beat Iowa State, now share the top spot.

No. 20 G'town 79, Providence 65

Dikembe Mutombo had 20 points and eight blocked shots, and Alonzo Mourning added 15 points and six blocks as the Hoyas avenged a January loss to the Friars in the Big East.

Arkansas St. 76

No. 21 New Orleans 65

Bobby Gross had 20 points and the Indians became the first team this season to outrebound the Privateers, pulling off the uspet in the American South.

Arkansas State, which outrebounded New Orleans 29-25, sank 13 of 14 free throws in the final four minutes to pull away.

No. 22 Oklahoma St. 83, Iowa St. 62

Byron Houston scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half when the Cowboys broke away from the Cyclones to remain tied for the Big Eight lead.