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Jay LaPrete, Associated Press
San Diego State's Xavier Thames, right, drives to the basket as teammate Garrett Green, left, sets a pick on NC State's Lorenzo Brown during the first half of an NCAA college basketball tournament second-round game Friday, March 16, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Richard Howell doubled his average with 22 points and 11th-seeded North Carolina State used its muscle inside and sticky defense to upset San Diego State 79-65 on Friday in a first-round East Regional game.

The Wolfpack (23-12) advances to play the winner of Belmont-Georgetown on Sunday at Nationwide Arena.

Lorenzo Brown added 17 points, C.J. Leslie 15 and Scott Wood 10 for the Wolfpack, who are now 12-5 in their first NCAA games. N.C. State has won at least a game in seven of their last eight trips.

Jamaal Franklin had 23 points and Chase Tapley 19 for the Aztecs (26-8).