RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Coach Herb Sendek saw his team bend in the second half but refuse to break against a conference rival.
Ilian Evtimov scored 17 points and Cameron Bennerman added 16 as North Carolina State ended a four-game losing streak with a 76-68 victory over No. 8 Georgia Tech in an Atlantic Coast Conference game.
The Wolfpack held a comfortable lead throughout, but the Yellow Jackets went on a 12-0 run late in the second half and cut the margin to 64-61 on consecutive buckets by Isma'il Muhammad with 2:44 remaining. But Evtimov answered with a 3-pointer and made five free throws down the stretch.
N.C. State struggled from the floor in the second half, shooting 30 percent (7-of-23), but managed to hold off Georgia Tech by making 21-of-24 from the line, including 16 in a row.
The Wolfpack have won the last nine meeting with the Yellow Jackets in Raleigh and 14 of the last 18 matchups in the series.
Freshman Andrew Brackman scored the first 11 points for the Wolfpack, who went on a 13-0 run midway through the first half for a 28-14 lead.
N.C. State (11-5, 1-2 ACC) made just one basket in the final 7:05 of the opening half, yet took a 37-27 edge at intermission, partly because Georgia Tech committed 11 turnovers and did not make a 3-pointer.
Julius Hodge made just one basket, but hit 12-of-14 from the foul line to finish with 14 points. He was 11-of-20 in his first two conference games, against Duke and Miami.
"Coach told me that teams are going to key their defenses on me," Hodge said. "I don't have to go out there and shoot 15 times and score 25 points for us to win. I just need to shoot about 10 times, hit my free throws and get guys open shots."
"I think that is a really good sign for our team," Sendek said. "I thought Julius tried to make his teammates better today. He did a lot of things that didn't show up in the scoresheet."
Five Wolfpack players reached double figures. Gavin Grant scored a career-high 13 points and Brackman added 12, along with six blocked shots.
Jarrett Jack scored 16 points and became the 36th Georgia Tech player to reach 1,000. The Yellow Jackets (11-4, 2-2) played again without B.J. Elder, who missed his fourth straight game with a strained hamstring.
Georgia Tech dominated inside with a 48-18 edge in the paint, but made just 2-of-13 3-pointers.