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Updated: Sunday, January 5, 2003 10:03 PM EST
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(24) No Carolina St 75, Virginia 63
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RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Julius Hodge recorded 21 points and 11 rebounds as No. 24 North Carolina State rebounded from an embarrassing loss to defeat Virginia, 75-63, in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

Hodge hit a jumper to give the Wolfpack (8-2, 1-0 ACC) a 58-47 lead with 4:45 remaining, then converted a driving layup to make it 66-54 with 1:57 to play.

Hodge, the ACC's leading scorer at 19 points per game, made 8-of-11 shots and surpassed 20 points in three of his last four games. He has reached double figures in 16 straight games, the ACC's longest active streak.

Cliff Crawford, who was questionable with a back injury, added 14 points for North Carolina State.

The Wolfpack snapped Virginia's six-game winning streak and beat the Cavaliers at home for the sixth straight time. Virginia dropped to 0-4 at the RBC Center.

After shooting just 39 percent and missing their first 12 shots in the second half of Thursday's 68-56 loss at Massachusetts, North Carolina State continued to struggle against Virginia.

The Wolfpack managed only a 29-24 halftime lead but finally got untracked in the second half, shooting 52 percent (13-of-25). They finished at 47 percent (23-of-49), including 9-of-29 from 3-point range.

North Carolina State maintained a double-figure lead for most of the second half.

Devin Smith scored 14 points for Virginia (9-3, 0-1), while Travis Watson added 10 and 12 rebounds. Watson, who scored a career-high 29 points in Virginia's 85-68 loss to North Carolina State last February, did not make his first basket of the second half until just under eight minutes left.

The Cavaliers dominated inside, outscoring the Wolfpack, 34-18, in the paint. However, Virginia got to the line just 12 times, making seven, while North Carolina State was 20-of-27.

Virginia made three more baskets than North Carolina State, but shot just 40 percent (26-of-65). The Cavaliers had little success from the arc, making only 4-of-22.

Virginia closed within 53-47, but North Carolina State answered on Levi Watkins' 3-pointer and Hodge's jumper to get the lead back into double figures.

Cavaliers coach Pete Gillen dropped to 0-5 in ACC openers.


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