COLLEGE PARK, Maryland (Ticker) -- Steve Blake scored 20 points and dished out seven assists as ninth-ranked Maryland defeated North Carolina State, 75-60, in a battle for supremacy in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Blake had his best scoring effort since December as the Terrapins (13-4, 6-1 ACC) retained first place in the ACC with their fourth straight win.
The triumph also was the Terps' 14th consecutive home victory over the Wolfpack.
"We've been playing good defense for a while, and we did again tonight," Maryland coach Gary Williams said.
Drew Nicholas scored all 13 of his points in the second half and Tahj Holden added 13 for Maryland, which trailed, 28-27, at the break but smothered the Wolfpack in the second half.
Marcus Melvin scored 15 points and Julius Hodge collected 14, eight assists and seven rebounds for the Wolfpack (11-5, 4-2), who had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Hodge was suspended for a game last season for elbowing Blake in last year's loss in College Park. Hodge later claimed he was retaliating for an elbow from Blake in last year's loss to the Terrapins in Raleigh.
Hodge also vowed revenge against every team that beat the Wolfpack last season, and in the early going, it looked like he might get some against the Terps.
"The big difference is turnovers, it's difficult to overcome 21 turnovers," Wolfpack coach Herb Sendek said.
North Carolina State led by as many as six in the first half but was overtaken on a jumper by Blake that gave Maryland a 16-15 edge with 8:16 to go. That was the first of 10 lead changes in the half.
The game remained close in the second half until the Wolfpack went cold. After Levi Watkins' 3-pointer cut NC State's deficit to 43-41 with 13:57 to go, Maryland went on a 14-0 run.
"At halftime we just talked about executing a little better, pushing it a little harder," Williams said. "We made some great plays in the second half."
While the Wolfpack floundered on offense, Holden made two free throws and Nicholas nailed consecutive 3-pointers. Nik Caner-Medley made a fast-break layup, and Holden and Jamar Smith each hit two free throws for a 57-41 cushion with 10:02 left.
"Drew is a senior. If he has a bad half, he's not going to go away," Williams said.
North Carolina State did not score until Cameron Bennerman's jumper with 9:50 to play.
Leading 60-44, Maryland went cold in turn, allowing the Wolfpack to climb back with a 10-0 run capped by Melvin's 3-pointer with 5:21 remaining.
But Blake sank two free throws and Caner-Medley hit consecutive buckets. NC State never got closer than nine thereafter.
"We had an opportunity down the home stretch, but credit Maryland, they are an outstanding team and it's obvious why they're one of the best teams in the country," Sendek said.
Maryland shot 50 percent (25-of-50) from the field, 56 percent (14-of-25) in the second half and held a 33-23 rebounding advantage.
The Terps committed 11 turnovers in the first half as the teams combined for 21 giveaways in the first 20 minutes.