Gugliotta paces N.C. State upset

January 23, 1992

The Atlantic Coast Conference basketball season is less than halfway over, but the chase for the top seed in the league's tournament is fast becoming a one-team affair.

Top-ranked Duke (13-0, 5-0) separated itself from the rest of the field a little more last night and didn't even have to take a shot.

North Carolina (13-3, 3-2) fell into a four-way tie with North Carolina State, Georgia Tech and Florida State after the Wolfpack upset the 10th-ranked Tar Heels 99-88 in Raleigh. All four are now two games behind the Blue Devils.

State's Tom Gugliotta had a career-best 36 in the upset of thTar Heels. The 6-foot-10 Gugliotta hit 11 of 17 field goals, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out five assists. Eight of his baskets were three-pointers -- one shy of the school record.

N.C. State shot 64 percent in the pivotal second-half and 55.percent for the game against a team that defends at a 39.9 percent clip. The Wolfpack also outrebounded the much taller Tar Heels 36-32.

"I think when a team plays as well as State they deserve the credit. Don't say it was Carolina's fault," Tar Heel coach Dean Smith said.

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