In the ACC opener for both teams, the Demon Deacons handled NC State, led by Ishmael Smith and Al-Farouq Aminu. Wake Forest held the lead for the vast majority of the game with the lead fluctuating from double digits to as close as four in the second half.
NC State was led by Javier Gonzalez and his 18 points. Javier's late shooting helped trim Wake's lead late in the game, and give the Deacon fans some cause for concern. Tracy Smith saw limited action due to foul trouble most of the game, finally fouling out with over five minutes left. Despite his reduced minutes he still produced 11 points and 10 rebounds. He ended the game as NC State's leading rebounder.
Wake Forest's offense struggled most of the game, ending up shooting 42.6 percent from the field, 27.3 percent from deep, and an abysmal 52.2 percent from the free throw line. On the other hand the defense helped keep NC State from shooting below 34 percent as a team. Wake's glaring problems of ball control and free throw shooting continue to show up but the team has now won four in a row. Eventually, the propensity for giving the ball up will haunt the Deacons but for now the talent on the team has overcome the faults.