N.C. State 79, Virginia 63

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP)—Julius Hodge scored 16 of his 26 points in the first half and North Carolina State knocked reeling Virginia into the Atlantic Coast Conference cellar with a 79-63 victory Saturday.

The Wolfpack (14-5, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) led 34-23 at halftime and by as many as 19 after Virginia went nine minutes between field goals spanning the halves as a 22-all tie became a 39-23 deficit.

The Cavaliers (12-8, 2-7) lost their fourth in a row and for the seventh time in eight meetings with North Carolina State. Virginia fell behind Clemson, which plays at No. 1 Duke on Sunday, in the ACC.

Hodge outscored Virginia by himself, 11-9, in the first nine minutes, but the Cavaliers used a 12-4 run to take a 20-19 lead with 7:48 to play.

It was 22-all with 6:47 left when the Cavaliers went cold, missing their last seven shots and trailing 34-22 at the break. Three more misses to start the second half allowed N.C. State to open a 39-23 lead, and only a stretch of four turnovers in five possessions kept it respectable.

Marcus Melvin added 16 points, Iliam Evtimov 12 and Engin Atsur 11 for the Wolfpack. Atsur’s points all came in the second half, including three 3-pointers in a span of three minutes as the Wolfpack built a 63-44 lead.

Devin Smith led Virginia with 14 points and Gary Forbes and J.R. Reynolds had 10 each. Virginia shot just over 41 to the Wolfpack’s 51 percent and the Cavaliers were also beaten badly on the glass, 39-22.

Virginia coach Pete Gillen shook up his starting lineup for the sixth straight game, inserting point guard Majestic Mapp. It was Mapp’s first start since Nov. 27, 1999 when he was a freshman, four knee surgeries ago.

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