Virginia Tech 54

(14-11, 7-7 ACC)

NC State 74

(16-11, 6-8 ACC)

    4:00 PM ET, February 26, 2005

    PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

    1 2 T
    VT 20 3454
    NCST 33 4174

    Top Performers

    Virginia Tech: Z. Dowdell 12 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    NC State: E. Atsur 18 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Stl

    N.C. State 74, Virginia Tech 54

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Engin Atsur had 18 points, center Jordan Collins made a career-high three 3-pointers and scored 14 and North Carolina State dominated almost from the start to beat Virginia Tech 74-54 Saturday.

    The Wolfpack (16-11, 6-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) won despite the struggles of leading scorer Julius Hodge, who had only eight points, about 10 below his average. He was 2-of-8 from the field -- including three missed layups -- and again had troubles at the free throw line, making only 4-of-8.

    But he helped out in other ways, finishing with eight rebounds and five assists, and he also set the tone on defense. Hodge led an inspired effort that held the Hokies (14-11, 7-7) to 38 percent shooting and their lowest point total since an 85-51 loss to North Carolina back in December.

    It was the easiest victory for N.C. State since several early season, non-conference blowouts, and the outcome was decided early enough for coach Herb Sendek to get some playing time for walk-ons Will Roach and Braxton Albritton. Roach brought what was left of the crowd to its feet with a nifty bounce pass to fellow senior Levi Watkins, who finished off a backdoor cut with a layup.

    Watkins missed the previous six games with a knee injury, and he just started running and shooting earlier in the week.

    Zabian Dowdell had 12 points for Virginia Tech, which still could solidify its resume for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament with victories over Clemson and Maryland. Regardless of the outcome, coach Seth Greenberg's team clearly has overachieved this season -- this one just didn't live up to that standard.

    The Hokies jumped to a 4-0 lead, then went nearly 7½ minutes without scoring. N.C. State point guard Tony Bethel had a pair of 3s during a 17-0 run, and Ilian Evtimov added another. For the game, the Wolfpack made 11-of-22 from beyond the arc, giving them 36 in the past three games.

    All this came without any scoring from Hodge. He didn't take his first shot until about 7½ minutes were left in the first half, and he missed his first four. Finally, he drove inside for a reverse layup, and he found Collins all alone just before the end of the half for a 3-pointer to make it 33-20 at the break.

    That came after Collins had clanged his first two long-range jumpers off the rim. He made his first two of the second half, and Hodge followed the second one with two free throws to cap 10 unanswered points to give N.C. State a 46-26 lead.

    Virginia Tech got no closer than 17 the rest of the way.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 54 74
    FG Made-Attempted 17-45 (.378) 24-49 (.490)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-12 (.417) 11-22 (.500)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-26 (.577) 15-22 (.682)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 27

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