RALEIGH, N.C. -- As Scott Wood approached the free-throw line with 28.8 seconds left and North Carolina State leading top-ranked Duke, Lorenzo Brown finally allowed himself to crack a smile.
It was the first real show of emotion from the Wolfpack point guard, and other than some chippiness by Wood earlier in the game and a flash or two by freshman Rodney Purvis, it was the first true sign of excitement and joy from NC State all afternoon.
And it made sense.
Suddenly darting through Brown's mind was the realization that the Wolfpack could beat the Blue Devils, that maybe, just maybe, Brown and his teammates are also that good.
Oh, and the growing swarm of students near the baseline.
"I saw the fans getting ready to rush the court, and I was looking and said, Oh my God, it's about to get crazy in here,'" said Brown about the grin before the conclusion of NCSU's 84-76 victory before the frenzied home faithful. "And I just started to smile. I didn't want to smile, but I just had...