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Wolfpack Fans Elated After Major Win

Posted February 3, 2007
Updated February 4, 2007

— From the RBC Center to Hillsborough Street, Wolfpack fans painted the town red Saturday night after their team scored a major upset over archrival North Carolina.

It's been a while since North Carolina State fans have had reason to run down Hillsborough Street in celebration, but that's exactly what happened when the Wolfpack pulled off an 83-79 upset of the No. 3-ranked Tar Heels.

"It was awesome,” student Connor Harris said. “It was huge to beat (fellow Atlantic Coast Conference rival) Virginia Tech in the last game, and to beat Carolina here. It's huge."

It's the first time State has beaten North Carolina since 2003, the last year that Matt Doherty served as the head coach for the Tar Heels. The team posted a 76.5 shooting percentage in the second half -- the highest for a Wolfpack team in 20 years.

"That's what N.C. State's all about -- beating our rival," student Kevin Hicks said.

"I've been here three and a half years,” said student Seneca Toms. “It's the first time time I've seen Carolina get beat."

The win was a major coup for head coach Sidney Lowe. North Carolina was the highest-ranked team a first-year Wolfpack coach has ever beaten. The last time a Wolfpack coach beat UNC in his first attempt was back in 1991, when Les Robinson was coaching.

On the street, it sounded like Wolfpack fans were ready to believe in Lowe.

“I'm glad (Lowe) got the win today against our rival," Hicks said.

"He knows how much it means to these players, how this is going to be talked about the whole year round,” student Greg Milton said about Lowe, who himself played on N.C. State's national championship team in 1983.

“He's really brought the pride back to the Pack. We're going to do really well from now on."

The heroics on the court were also a win for local bars.

"They need to keep on winning so that I can make more money,” said Sadlack’s bartender Lutie Ritzman

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  • cnsallen Feb 5, 2007

    Well, this stinks. I'm a Carolina fan all the way but I have to give N.C. State props. They knew is was going to be a challange and that they would have to play their 'A' game to defeat an outstanding Tarheel team and they did it. Congrats.

  • BIG YAWN Feb 4, 2007

    Sometimes even a loss says a lot about a great team. GO UNC!
    See you in the ACC tourney state! :-)

  • deeph2o Feb 4, 2007

    I do not want to start an argument but this is not the rebirth of the Cardiac Pack. That was a special time and I greatly enjoyed it as a student but this is Sid's team, Sid's turn and Sid's time. I think they will make their own name if given time.

  • wkhale Feb 4, 2007

    For the wolfpack to win this game it just gives truth to the old adage that even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then.

  • Big Mike Feb 4, 2007

    Ahhhhhhooooooooooooooooooooooh! How sweet it is! Way to go Pack!
    Great job Sidney and staff. Ya had the boys ready to stomp those Heels.

  • RedStatesManWatts Feb 4, 2007

    Sidney, wear the red jacket for the rest of the year!

  • Angry Grrl Feb 4, 2007

    I'm a Tarheel, but like I said earlier, I had mixed feelings going into this game. I can stand us losing to anyone but Duke, and I'll root for State against anyone but us. :)

  • jeremyshaner Feb 4, 2007

    Congrats NCSU. I'm sure UNC fans will hear about this win for 20 years to come. At least this one win brings back what was essentially a dead rivalry.

  • Raleigh Native Feb 4, 2007

    Nothing is finer than defeating Carolina!!!

  • lc27501 Feb 4, 2007

    The Cardiac Pack is BACK!! Way to go Wolfpack! WE love you Sidney!! Jimmy V is smiling from the heavens!