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Wolfpack gets back on the winning track; Tops Tech, 76-68

By WEB RUN - Tony Haynes
Posted Monday, January 17, 2005

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Raleigh, N.C. - NC State found a cure for its woes on Sunday night: A Georgia Tech team it has owned over the last three years. In a 76-68 victory over the 8th ranked Yellow Jackets, the Wolfpack ended one streak and continued another. The Pack's fifth consecutive win over Tech also ended its four-game losing streak. Ilian Evtimov led five players in double figures as NC State (11-5, 1-2) compensated for 38 percent shooting by playing a hustling style of basketball that delighted an emotionally charged crowd of 16,861 at the RBC Center.

Perhaps it's no coincidence that the Wolfpack posted its first ACC victory of the year on a night when it finally started looking like the team that led the nation in free throw shooting last season. Setting a new mark of 79.9 percent a year ago, the Pack came into Sunday's contest shooting just 69.1 percent as a team. But on Sunday, NC State drained 30-of-37 including 17 in a row in the second half to stave off Tech's comeback attempt.

Who can figure the sport of basketball? Coming into the game, the Wolfpack's Julius Hodge had made just 18 of his last 38 free throws. On Sunday, he canned his last 12 after clanging his first two early in the game.

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Wolfpack gets back on the winning track; Tops Tech, 76-68
Julius Hodge canned his last 12 free throws
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