RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Julius Hodge had one of the worst games of his career. Fortunately, his North Carolina State teammates came up big.
Marcus Melvin and Scooter Sherrill each scored 18 points as the Wolfpack moved into second place in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 76-72 victory over 13th-ranked Georgia Tech.
Hodge, the leading scorer in the ACC, missed all six shots and fouled out with two points. North Carolina State (11-4, 4-1 ACC) opted to shoot 3-pointers and took a 51-36 lead on Sherrill's shot from the arc with 16:17 left.
"I don't remember the last time Julius Hodge was held to two points," Wolfpack coach Herb Sendek said. "It is uncharacteristic of him. But to his credit, despite being in foul trouble and not producing offensively, he was good with his teammates and stayed in the game (mentally)."
Georgia Tech (15-3, 3-2) fought back with a series of runs, led by reserve spark plug Will Bynum. Clarence Moore made 1-of-2 from the line to cut the deficit to 67-64 with 1:54 left.
The Wolfpack ran the clock down before finding Sherrill open on the right wing. He drilled a 3-pointer for a 70-64 cushion with 78 seconds remaining that drew cheers from Hodge on the bench.
Bynum's layup pulled the Yellow Jackets within 74-72 with nine seconds left, but Ilian Evtimov made two foul shots for the final margin as NC State improved to 10-0 at home.
"I think when you get down, you just try to get it all back at once," Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt said. "It's just frustrating, but our guys played hard."
NC State was 12-of-41 from the arc, one shy of the school record for attempts, set against Maryland on January 26, 1991. Sherrill and Melvin were each 3-of-7.
"Marcus Melvin and Scooter Sherrill were outstanding for us," Sendek said. "We were determined and kept firing it up. It's a fun style of play and recruits like it."
Evtimov added 11 points and a career-high 14 rebounds and Sherrill added 12 boards. NC State finished with 21 offensive rebounds, giving it extra possessions to throw up more 3-pointers.
"They beat us to long rebounds," Hewitt admitted. "We were a good rebounding team coming in to today's game, but they made some good hustle plays."
Bynum scored 17 points and Jarrett Jack added 15 for Georgia Tech, which has lost eight straight at NC State and fell to 0-5 in the RBC Center.