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Jimmy V's old team tops UConn; No. 15 Georgetown rolls

North Carolina State's Lorenzo Brown (2) shoots over

North Carolina State's Lorenzo Brown (2) shoots over Connecticut's Ryan Boatright (11) during the second half of a game in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. (Dec. 4, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

North Carolina State is synonymous with the late Jim Valvano, the fast-talking New York coach who led the Wolfpack to the NCAA basketball title in 1983 before dying of cancer a decade later.

Tuesday night, Valvano's old Wolfpack beat Connecticut, 69-65, in ESPN's annual Jimmy V Classic to raise money for cancer research.

Forward C.J. Leslie and guard Lorenzo Brown led the Wolfpack with 16 points each. Guard Shabazz Napier led the Huskies with 19 points.

With N.C. State up 63-58 with a minute to play, fans stood at the Garden and chanted: "Wolf-pack." Other fans chanted "ACC" at the Huskies.

After the game, N.C. State's Leslie said about winning an event named for his school's former coach: "This one's for him, too."

In the opener, No. 15 Georgetown pounded Texas, 64-41. The win boosted the Hoyas' record to 6-1 while the Longhorns dropped to 5-3.

The Hoyas scored the first nine points, led by 13 at the half and blew it open in the second half. Sophomore forward Otto Porter led the way with 14 points and eight rebounds.

The Hoyas held the Longhorns to only 29-percent shooting (14-for-48). Sheldon McClellan led the Longhorns with 12 points.

"With the exception of foul shots and a few baskets in transition, I think they [Longhorns] had to work for everything," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "That's what we want to do: We want to make them earn their baskets."

Texas coach Rick Barnes said: "We don't have the winning attitude as a group yet that you need to have."

Valvano, a Queens native who attended high school in Seaford, played point guard at Rutgers before becoming a college coach.

N.C. State players wore special jerseys with Valvano's quote, "Don't Ever Give Up," across the back. During halftime, the Garden replayed the former ESPN analyst's "Never Give Up" speech from the 1993 ESPY Awards. He died a few months later.


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