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NC State finishes off season sweep of Maryland, 82-63

By WEB RUN - Tony Haynes
Posted Thursday, February 17, 2005

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Ilian Evtimov and Tony Bethel each score 17.

Raleigh, N.C. - For the first time in 2005, NC State has a winning streak to brag about. In finishing off its first regular season sweep of Maryland since 1989, the Wolfpack made it back-to-back victories for the first time since late December. And this one was impressive. Ilian Evtimov and Tony Bethel led four players in double figures with 17 points apiece on a night when the Pack often used pinpoint offensive execution to pile up 22 assists on its 25 baskets in an 82-63 win. Julius Hodge led the assist parade with nine, to go along with 13 points and seven rebounds.

"That's ideally how NC State wants to play," said Wolfpack head coach Herb Sendek.

And just as it had done in constructing a 26-point halftime lead in College Park last month, the Pack (15-10, 5-7) was hitting on all cylinders early. After a Nik Caner-Medley 3-pointer had given the Terrapins a 20-19 lead with 11:45 remaining in the opening half, NC State went on a 24-4 blitz that had the RBC Center crowd of 16, 393 roaring its approval.

Among other things, NC State was credited with assists on nine of its first 10 baskets. And whether it was striking in transition or simply executing in the halfcourt, the Wolfpack often looked like an offensive machine, getting two 3s from Bethel and one each from Evtimov, Engin Atsur and Cameron Bennerman that helped it open up a 44-24 lead with 6:21 left in the half. More often that not, the open shots were created by Hodge penetrating and kicking or leading the break after Maryland misses and turnovers.

 
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NC State finishes off season sweep of Maryland, 82-63
Julius Hodge led the assist parade with nine, to go along with 13 points and seven rebounds.
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