George Washington shot 54 percent and made 18 of 20 free throws in the second half in a 76-64 victory over Virginia Tech yesterday in Blacksburg, Va.

The victory lifted the Colonials to 12-2, 3-0 in the Atlantic 10 and might put them in the Associated Press top 25 for the first time this season. George Washington garnered 23 votes in last week's poll, putting them just outside the top 25.

Virginia Tech led 34-29 at halftime, but the Colonials made 14 of 26 field goals in the second half. Meantime, the Hokies hit 7 of 25 shots in the second half and missed all six three-point attempts.

Freshman forward Erica Lawrence, who was averaging 8.8 points per game leading into yesterday's game, scored 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting to pace the Colonials. Petra Dubovcova (15 points), Elisa Aguilar and Kristeena Alexander (13 points each) also notched double figures for George Washington, which made 24 of 28 free throws.

Chrystal Starling led Virginia Tech (9-5, 2-1) with 16 points, and Nicole Jones added 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 71, MARYLAND 52: In Raleigh, N.C., Summer Erb recorded 19 points and nine rebounds--both game highs--as the No. 3 Wolfpack remained undefeated.

Tynesha Lewis added six points in the final 3 minutes 25 seconds to finish with 15 points and recorded five assists for the Wolfpack (14-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). N.C. State, off to its best start in school history, is one victory shy of tying the program's record 15-game winning streak, set during the 1984-85 season.

Tiffany Brown led Maryland (9-5, 1-3) with 12 points on four three-pointers to help the Terrapins stay close until the final minutes. Terri Daniels added 10 points, including seven of the Terrapins' last 11.

"I thought all along the game would be close, and, if we could stay close down to the wire, we'd have a chance to pull it out," Maryland Coach Chris Weller said. "The numbers were going the way we would have liked. We were doing fine. It was a five-point game. Then--kah-blooey."

VIRGINIA 76, FLORIDA STATE 73: The Cavaliers (11-4, 3-1 ACC) went on a 26-4 run late in the first half to take a 17-point lead and staved off a late-game rally in Tallahassee. Lisa Hosac led Virginia with 19 points and seven rebounds.

AMERICAN 72, VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH 60: Jina Lewis scored a game-high 18 points and Kate Miller added 14 as the Eagles (8-4, 1-1) won a Colonial Athletic Association game at Bender Arena.