RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Clifford Crawford, Julius Hodge and Marcus Melvin handed third-ranked Duke something it had not experienced in more than three years - consecutive losses.
Crawford scored 21 points, Hodge added 18 and Melvin 15 as North Carolina State snapped a 13-game losing streak against the Blue Devils with an 80-71 Atlantic Coast Conference triumph.
Duke (12-2, 3-2 ACC), which suffered its first loss of the season at Maryland on Saturday, had not lost back-to-back contests since beginning the 1999-2000 campaign with losses to Stanford and Connecticut.
The Blue Devils, who had gone 55-4 against all conference opponents but Maryland over the last four seasons, jumped out to a 17-7 lead but saw their advantage dwindle to 39-34 at the half. The Wolfpack (10-4, 3-1) went back and forth with the Blue Devils before taking the lead for good, 54-51, on a 3-pointer by Levi Watkins with 8:20 remaining.
North Carolina State's lead was just 59-58 before Hodge and Crawford nailed consecutive 3-pointers to commence a 9-0 run, and Duke got no closer than seven points in the final two minutes.
"He (Crawford) played like a real veteran," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "He was really good and he hasn't been hitting like that. When you win games like this, you need people to step up. I thought they had that."
Crawford made 7-of-11 shots and Melvin and Hodge had big nights at the free-throw line to help the Wolfpack pull out their first victory over Duke since a quarterfinal upset of a top-seeded Blue Devils team in the 1997 ACC tournament.
"This is a special night for us because we have such great respect for the Duke program and all that they've been able to accomplish," Wolfpack coach Herb Sendek said. "But you've got to move on and play your next game. We have to stay grounded and we have to keep working and live up to the things we preach every day."
The Wolfpack's next game is against their other major Tobacco Road rival, North Carolina. They are hosting Duke and Carolina in consecutive games for the first time since the 1978-79 season.
Melvin made 11-of-12 foul shots and Hodge connected on 8-of-12 as NC State shot 73.5 percent (25-of-34) at the line. It was the second straight game in which Duke, which made 23-of-30 foul shots, shot fewer free throws than its opponent.
The Blue Devils had outshot all 12 opponents at the line in their 12-game winning streak to start the season.
Freshman J.J. Redick scored 24 points but just four in the second half for Duke, which shot 38 percent (20-of-53) and allowed NC State to make half of its 46 attempts.
The Blue Devils shot just 31 percent from the arc (8-of-26), while the Wolfpack connected on 43 percent (9-of-21).
Daniel Ewing scored 13 points and Dahntay Jones fouled out with 10 for Duke, which saw its bench produce only 13 points. Point guard Chris Duhon struggled badly, making 1-of-9 shots for four points and six assists.
Krzyzewski shuffled his lineup to include senior forward Nick Horvath, who made all three shots for seven points but was limited to 15 minutes by foul trouble.
Duke committed only one more turnover than NC State (15-14), but the Wolfpack had an eight-point advantage off of the giveaways (22-14).
The Wolfpack improved to 9-1 at the RBC Center, while the Blue Devils fell to 1-2 on the road. Duke suffered back-to-back ACC losses for the first time since 1997.