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March Madness 2012: NC State Upsets San Diego State, 79-65

Friday's first upset belongs to No. 11 North Carolina State. They beat No. 5 San Diego State by a final score of 79-65 in the first round of play in the Midwest regional.

For forty minutes, many who watched the game had to wonder how the Wolfpack got lumped with an 11-seed in the first place. They handled the Aztecs with outstanding post play, huge blocks and big dunks.

Richard Howell finished the game with 22 points for the Wolfpack. Lorenzo Brown had 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. NC State hit 57.4 percent of their field goals, 20 percent better than the Aztecs.

Jamaal Franklin led San Diego State with 23 points, including four-for-nine from outside the arc.

North Carolina State's next game is on Sunday against the winner of Friday's game between Georgetown and Belmont.

Click here to listen to the game, courtesy of Dial Global Sports.

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Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.