College basketball roundup: NC State ends 6-game skid, wins at Georgia Tech

High Point and Elon were both beaten

Terquavion Smith and NC State took No. 1 Purdue to overtime but came away with a loss Sunday in New York. (Jason DeCrow / AP Photo)

ATLANTA — Terquavion Smith scored 18 of his 26 points in the first half and NC State cruised to a 76-61 victory over Georgia Tech on Tuesday night.

Jericole Hellems added 15 points for the Wolfpack (11-16, 4-12 Atlantic Coast Conference), who ended a six-game losing streak. Cam Hayes had 14 points and Dereon Seabron 11 with 10 rebounds. Smith had six of the Wolfpack’s 11 3-pointers.

Michael Devoe had 18 points to lead Georgia Tech (10-15, 3-11). Rodney Howard added 14 points and Kyle Sturdivant 10.

Smith shot 6 of 8 from the floor and made four 3-pointers in the first half as NC State built a 51-25 lead at the break. The Wolfpack shot 59% on 19-of-32 shooting and 8 of 14 from long range.

Smith hit a pair of 3s and Casey Morsell added a layup to open the second half to stretch the led to 30. The Wolfpack finished 42% (26 of 62) shooting overall.

Georgia Tech pulled within 14 points with 1:22 remaining but didn’t get closer.

Georgia Tech hits the road for games at Pittsburgh on Saturday and Syracuse on Monday. NC State has a week off before it plays host to Boston College on Feb. 23.

Longwood 70, High Point 66

FARMVILLE, Va. — Justin Hill posted 15 points as Longwood stretched its home win streak to 10 games, narrowly defeating High Point 70-66 on Tuesday night.

Isaiah Wilkins had 12 points for Longwood (19-6, 11-1 Big South Conference). Zac Watson added 10 points.

Zach Austin had 17 points for the Panthers (11-15, 5-7). John-Michael Wright added 16 points. Jaden House had 11 points.

Hofstra 97, Elon 64

ELON — Omar Silverio had a career-high 40 points shooting 11 for 16 from 3-point range and Hofstra beat Elon 97-64 on Tuesday night.

Aaron Estrada had 14 points and seven assists for Hofstra (18-9, 10-4 Colonial Athletic Association), which won its fifth consecutive game. Darlinstone Dubar added 11 points. Jalen Ray had 10 points.

Hofstra posted a season-high 17 3-pointers.

Hunter McIntosh had 19 points for the Phoenix (8-19, 5-9). Chuck Hannah added 10 points. Darius Burford had 10 points.