Brittany Rountree scored 17 points, including two free throws with 12.5 seconds left, to help No. 11 North Carolina beat North Carolina State 70-66 on Thursday night.
Waltiea Rolle added 16 points for the Tar Heels (16-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who rallied from 10 down early in the second half to beat the Wolfpack for the 22nd time in 26 meetings. That includes five of the last seven in N.C. State's Reynolds Coliseum, where the Wolfpack followed a tough loss against highly ranked Duke last week with another disappointing finish against a nearby league rival.
Marissa Kastanek scored 20 points for the Wolfpack (8-8, 0-4), while Kody Burke added 17 points and eight rebounds. N.C. State shot 40 percent, hit nine 3-pointers and outrebounded the Tar Heels, but finished with 23 turnovers that the Tar Heels converted into 24 points - 14 of those coming after halftime.
North Carolina has won nine straight games since a lopsided loss at Tennessee on Dec. 2. The last three of those...