March 20, 2014
ORLANDO, Fla. - Fifth-seeded St. Louis erased a double-digit second half lead, defeating No. 12 seed NC State in overtime, 83-80, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Amway Center in Orlando.
Playing their fifth-game in eight days the Wolfpack was unable to close out St. Louis, as the Billikens scored 18 points in the final 2:22 of regulation, getting hot from 3-point range and taking advantage of missed free throws.
Ralston Turner had a contested look at a 3-pointer in the closing seconds to force a second overtime, but was unable to connect.
The Wolfpack advanced to its third straight NCAA Tournament and finish the 2013-14 season with a 22-14 mark.
ACC Player of the Year T.J. Warren scored 28 points, Turner added 16, while Desmond Lee provided a huge spark in the second half, scoring 11 of his 13 points after the break.
Rob Loe keyed the St. Louis comeback with 22 points, while A-10 Player of the Year Jordair Jett led St. Louis with 18 points, most of which came after the half.
NC State led by as many as 16 points in the second half before St. Louis began draining 3-pointers and the Pack cracked the door open with missed free throws.
The Billikens tied the game at 70-70 with :13.6 left when Jett hit a basket and was fouled. He missed the free throw and the Pack had a chance to win in regulation, but Tyler Lewis's shot at the buzzer rimmed in and out and the game headed to overtime.
In overtime St. Louis outscored the Wolfpack, 13-10.
The Billikens got off to a quick start behind a trio of 3-pointers from Rob Loe to grab an early 9-4 lead just over three minutes into play.
The Pack responded with a 15-4 run to seize control at the time.
NC State took a 30-26 lead into the locker room, leading by as many as 11 before St. Louis closed the half on a 7-0 run. Warren led NC State with 10 first-half points.
The Wolfpack responded after the break, regaining its double-digit lead behind Warren, Turner and Lee before St. Louis made its late charge.