N.C. State 84, Robert Morris 52

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RALEIGH (AP) -- Marquetta Dickens sure wasn't going to let Kay Yow's trying season end in the first round of the NCAA tournament again.

The senior scored a career-high 25 points and the Wolfpack resumed its late-season surge by beating Robert Morris 84-52 in the Fresno Regional.

The win gives the program and its Hall of Fame coach their first NCAA victory in six years.

Ashley Key added 11 points for the fourth-seeded Wolfpack (24-9), whose last NCAA win came against Villanova in the second round of the 2001 tournament.

Yow's team had lost in the first round in each of the past three seasons after missing the field in 2002 and '03.

The Wolfpack, who led the entire way, will play the Baylor-Chattanooga winner in the second round.

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