N.C. State holds off Virginia Tech’s late rally, wins 73-69

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Terquavion Smith scored 22 points, Jarkel Joiner added 21 and North Carolina State held back Virginia Tech’s late rally for a 73-69 victory. N.C. State (13-4, 3-3 ACC) has won five of its last six games, including a 24-point win over 16-ranked Duke on Wednesday. A 10-2 surge got Virginia Tech within 67-64 with 47 seconds left and a pair of Sean Pedulla free throws cut the deficit to 71-69 with seven seconds left. Smith made two free throws to seal it. Pedulla scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half to lead Virginia Tech (11-5, 1-4).

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