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Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - scored 21 points and keyed the decisive run late in the second half, as pulled out a 70-69 victory over 16th-ranked in a big ACC matchup at the RBC Center. added 16 points and hit a couple of important free throws in the final minute for the (15-11, 6-9 ACC), who won for just the second time in six games.

rebounded from a 91-83 home loss to and improved its NCAA Tournament hopes. A home win over on Sunday night would help the ' chances immensely for an 11th consecutive bid to the field of 65.

"The sense of urgency was there," said head coach Gary Williams. "The pressure was on the players. I thought they really came through well."

led with 27 points and added 22. The Wolfpack (18-8, 10-5) have lost two straight, both coming at home after opening the season with 14 victories at the RBC Center.

The loss also gave the ACC regular season title and the top seed in next week's conference tournament.

The game was tied at 62-62 with 7:47 remaining after two free throws by Hodge, but then reeled off the next six points to pull away.

After the teams went three minutes without a point, Gilchrist scored six in a row for on a dunk, a layup and a pair of free throws to make it a 68-62 game.

Hodge then ended 's field goal drought of over seven minutes with a jumper, and a three-point miss by Gilchrist led to a pair of Melvin free throws to pull the Wolfpack within two with 1:18 to play.

Nik Caner-Medley missed a shot for the Terps with just over a minute left and the Wolfpack had two chances at the other end.

missed a 15-foot jumper from the left wing and the rebound went out of bounds to , although the thought a foul should have been called. The Wolfpack then worked the ball around for a three-point try by Melvin that rimmed out with 22 seconds left.

Smith was fouled and made the second of two free throws with 18.8 seconds remaining to give one last chance.

Melvin forced up a three-pointer and missed badly. Smith took the rebound and hit the first of two free throws with 4.5 seconds left to seal the contest.

Hodge drained a three-pointer at the buzzer for the final margin.

played without guard , who suffered a sprained ankle in Sunday's loss to .

Gilchrist, who finished 8-of-15 from the field, did not start as punishment for arriving late to a team function.

The Terps opened a 17-6 edge early and led by as many as 17 in the first half. A three-pointer by gave a 40-23 lead with 3:42 remaining, but chipped away and pulled within 44-34 at the break.

The Wolfpack continued to cut into the lead early in the second half and a three-pointer by made it a 50-49 game. Evtimov added another shot from beyond the arc moments later to give a 52-50 edge with just under 15 minutes remaining.

It remained tight over the next 7 1/2 minutes with neither team leading by more than three.
Tagged: North Carolina State, Maryland

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