Chris Washburn and Charles Shackleford helped North Carolina State overcome a nine-point deficit and upset eighth-ranked Kentucky, 54-51, in college basketball yesterday in Raleigh, N.C.
The Wolfpack was down by nine after only eight minutes. But the Wolfpack gained control under the baskets and Washburn and Shackleford each scored 10 points in the second half to finish with 16.
"We were just trying to do the basic things, but we got knocked out of our basic game plan," Washburn said. "In the second half, Coach Jim Valvano told us not to be so stiff. We just went out and played a lot more like street ball . . . "
North Carolina State is 14-6. Kentucky (18-3) had won eight straight.
"Our fatigue showed in the second half," Coach Eddie Sutton of Kentucky said. "This is the third game in five days and I thought we got tired there in the second half and that hurt us, especially defensively."
Kentucky's Kenny Walker, often guarded by three men, had 10 points, nine below his average.
*San Jose State 71, California-Irvine 55: Sophomore forward Ricky Berry scored 17 points in the Pacific Coast Athletic Association victory in San Jose.
*Illinois 80, Purdue 68: In Champaign, Ill., Ken Norman scored 23 points to help overcome the 30 Troy Lewis scored for the losers.
Bruce Douglas of Illinois made no field goals but was 11 for 12 from the foul line to help Illinois become 14-6 overall and 5-4 in the Big Ten. Purdue is 16-6 and 5-4.
*Stanford 56, Oregon State 52: In Corvallis, Ore., freshman Todd Lichti's 13 points included three foul shots in the last minute that helped Stanford win for the first time at Corvallis since 1975.
Both teams are 5-4 in the Pac-10. Overall, Stanford is 11-10, Oregon State 9-8.
*Oregon 65, California 55: In Eugene, Ore., Anthony Taylor scored 19 points to help the Ducks end a five-game losing streak.
Oregon is 7-13 overall and 2-8 in the Pac-10. California is 13-6 and 5-4.