NC State tops Duke, Blue Devils fall from the ranks of the unbeaten

North Carolina State Wolfpack forward C.J. Leslie (5) lays the ball up over Duke Blue Devils forward Josh Hairston (15)during the first half at PNC Arena. (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Wolfpack Nation was more than fired up to welcome No. 1 and undefeated Duke into PNC Arena on Saturday. The Blue Devils were just one of two remaining teams with a perfect record, along with the Michigan Wolverines.

With senior forward Ryan Kelly and his 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game looking on from the bench –  Kelly is out indefinitely with a foot injury – the Blue Devils dropped their first game of the year, 84-76.

NC State scored often and early, leading by two points at the half, 41-39, and by as many as 10 points in the second half on the way to their first 3-0 start in ACC play since 1989.

C.J. Leslie led the way for the Wolfpack, scoring 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting.

For the Blue Devils, it was all senior guard Seth Curry, who kept the game within reach by making big shot after big shot, despite leaving the game late with a leg injury. Curry finished the game with 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting.

With the loss, Michigan now stands alone as the only unbeaten. NC State moves to 14-2 on the season, while Duke drops to 15-1.

Photo: Amercian Idol winner Scotty McCreery spotted in the stands