RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- North Carolina State athletic director Lee Fowler chairs the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee. The Wolfpack should be grateful.
Julius Hodge collected 26 points and 11 rebounds as the 24th-ranked Wolfpack remained unbeaten at home with an 86-71 victory over Wofford.
North Carolina State (7-1) is 7-0 at home after dispatching another overmatched foe. Wofford joined a list of victims that includes Mount Saint Mary's, Coppin State, Fairleigh Dickinson and North Carolina A&T.
Fowler made quite an impression last season in his first year chairing the committee. He admitted underachieving teams with soft non-conference schedules like Utah and Boston College over mid-major teams such as Butler and Ball State.
Fowler may have to provide a similar favor to his school this season since NC State's "marquee" non-conference games are at Atlantic 10 opponents Temple and Massachusetts as well as a date with Boston College. The Wolfpack already lost to Gonzaga on December 17 - and moved up a spot in the rankings.
Wofford (5-5) fell to 1-5 on the road. Lee Nixon led the Terriers with 15 points.
"I like how we competed the entire game," Wofford coach Mike Young said. "We kept battling and never quit. I like our team an awful lot. We did some good things and this game will help us when we enter conference play."
Hodge made 9-of-17 shots and Clifford Crawford scored 11 points in each half for NC State, which shot 58 percent (15-of-26) over the final 20 minutes. Crawford's 22 points were a career high.
NC State held a 38-24 halftime lead and opened the second with a 14-2 run for a 26-point cushion. Hodge had five points and Josh Powell added four in the run.
The Wolfpack used tremendous foul shooting by converting 88 percent (22-of-25). Powell was 7-of-8 and Hodge 6-of-7.
Mike Lenzly scored 14 points and reserve Tyler Berg added 10 for the Terriers. Wofford shot 23 percent (5-of-22) from beyond the arc.