RALEIGH, N.C. -- Duke ended a five-year losing streak at North Carolina State as Grant Hill continue to shine in place of Bobby Hurley, leading the top-ranked Blue Devils to a 71-63 Atlantic Coast Conference victory yesterday.
Hill scored 20 points and played 40 minutes for the third straight game since being moved to point guard after Hurley broke a foot. Hill, 6 feet 8, scored mostly on driving layups and from the free-throw line in the closing minutes.
"Bobby, when are you coming back?" Hill asked. "It's something that is fun and a challenge and hopefully I'll be in better shape after this is over."
The Wolfpack (9-15, 3-8) set a school record with its ninth consecutive loss. The previous record of eight was set in 1939-40 and matched in 1945-46.
Christian Laettner and Thomas Hill scored 16 each for the Blue Devils (20-1, 10-1), who reached 20 victories for the ninth consecutive season. Tom Gugliotta, playing most of the second half with four fouls, scored 23 for the Wolfpack.
"Tommy's foul trouble put us behind the eight-ball," N.C. State coach Les Robinson said. "It had to affect our play somewhat, but that's part of the game and you just have to adjust."
Duke was sluggish in the first half, but finally got its running game going, as several key players for N.C. State got into foul trouble.