N.C. State holds off Loyola, Md. 62-60

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—Ben McCauley had 16 points and North Carolina State got a key defensive stop in the final seconds to hold off Loyola of Maryland 62-60 on Monday night.

Courtney Fells added 11 points for the Wolfpack (8-2), who twice blew double-digit leads before finally bouncing back from last week’s last-second loss to Marquette. N.C. State led by 14 points in the opening minutes and by 16 with 8 1/2 minutes left before surviving a tense final few minutes for the win.

Marquis Sullivan scored 21 points for the Greyhounds (4-8), who had a chance to win while trailing 61-60 in the final 20 seconds. But as Jamal Barney drove the left side, McCauley stepped out and forced him into a tough fadeaway shot that he missed.

Fells added a free throw with 0.3 seconds left after being fouled on the rebound, and Loyola’s final three-quarter court heave came after the horn.

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 Loyola (MD)
Marquis Sullivan Marquis Sullivan
8-13,  21 Pts
1 Rebs, 0 Assists
 N.C. State
Ben McCauley Ben McCauley
6-9,  16 Pts
11 Rebs, 2 Assists

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