NC State last beat Virginia in Raleigh on Feb. 21, 2009. The Cavaliers had won seven straight at NC State over that span and Virginia coach Tony Bennett had been 14-3 against the Wolfpack.
The score was tied at 29 before North Carolina State closed the first half on a 14-3 run that was paced by three 3-pointers from Hellems and another by Smith. They combined to make nine of NC State's 12 3-pointers, Hellems making 5 of 9 and Smith 4 of 7.
Morsell, a former Virginia player, scored the first five points of the second half for NC State and the Wolfpack were soon ahead by 15. Seabron made 3 of 4 free throws in the next couple of minutes and NC State led 53-35 with 16:42 remaining.
Virginia missed 16 of its first 22 shots in the second half and trailed 72-51 with 5 minutes to go. Meanwhile, the Wolfpack were shooting 60% in the second half, slightly below the 64% they made in the first half. The Wolfpack finished at 60% overall and made 12 of 22 3-pointers.
Solid first-half shooting helped Virginia finish at 42% overall and the Cavs made 10 of 17 3-pointers.
Virginia has a home game against Louisville on Monday and NC State plays at Notre Dame on Wednesday.
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