N.C. State rallies to knock off Virginia Tech in overtimeBy The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Sat, Feb 16, 2013 5:40 PM EST
RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina State rallied from two seven-point deficits in the second half on Saturday against Virginia Tech, but the Wolfpack were stunned to find themselves in overtime against the Hokies at PNC Arena. That's because the Pack blew a six-point lead of their own in the final 33 seconds of regulation. N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried watched his team hang its collective head in the huddle before overtime began, but he encouraged his group to forget about it and finish the job. The Wolfpack scored seven of the final nine points in overtime, all at the foul line, and held off the Hokies 90-86, sending Virginia Tech to its eighth straight defeat. "We were stunned a little bit," Gottfried said. "But our guys were able to regroup and focus mentally back in, and in overtime we played really well. It certainly could have gone the other way. Our guys showed a lot of toughness." Scott Wood scored 22 points to lead the Wolfpack (18-7, 7-5 Atlantic Coast Conference). C.J. Leslie finished with 16 points and Lorenzo Brown added 15 as six N.C. State players finished in double figures. Erick Green, the nation's leading scorer, led the Hokies (11-14, 2-10) with 29 points, the 23rd time this season he has scored at least 20. Jarell Eddie added 17 for the Hokies, while freshman Marshall Wood set career highs with 14 points and 16 rebounds. The Hokies rallied improbably in the final minute, coming from six points down in the final 33.2 seconds to tie the game and send it to overtime. Eddie hit a 3-pointer with nine seconds left to cut the lead to 77-75. Wood hit one of two free throws with 8.1 seconds left to push the lead back to three. The Wolfpack fouled Green, who hit his first free throw but missed the second. Eddie scooped the rebound and scored with four seconds left to tie it at 78-78. "I was standing at the 3-point line, so they're not blocking me out," Eddie said. "They were blocking out the guys at the free-throw line. So they weren't really worried about me. They moved all those guys to the left, and I went to the right and got the layup." Brown had a chance to win it for State but missed a jumper at the buzzer. The Hokies led 84-83 with 1:44 left in overtime after Eddie's 3-pointer. But the Wolfpack scored the next six points to take an 89-84 lead. Tech had the ball down three with 26.2 seconds left, but Green turned the ball over when he dribbled it off his foot. Brown hit two free throws to push the lead back to five and seal the win. The game seemed to take a turn in the Hokies' favor midway through the second half when Leslie was called for a technical foul after barking at an official for a perceived non-call. Green hit both free throws and buried a jumper on the next possession, giving Virginia Tech a 60-53 lead with 7:50 left. "He was frustrated, and you never want your players to get a technical," Gottfried said. "He felt he got bumped on some shots. We just talked out in the hall here, and I told him he's got to have a little more poise there. When you're frustrated, you can't turn it into a technical foul." N.C. State erased the deficit in fewer than two minutes. Warren knocked down a pair of free throws, Richard Howell hit a basket and Wood drained a 3-pointer while being fouled. Wood hit the free throw, giving N.C. State a 61-60 lead with 6:03 left. The 14-0 run continued over the next few minutes, finally ending when Will Johnston hit a 3-pointer with 3:26 remaining to cut N.C. State's lead to 67-63. "The margin for error, we just don't have it," Virginia Tech coach James Johnson said. "To be up seven and for them to go on a 14-0 run, we just can't afford that. We don't have enough firepower. We can't afford that." NOTES: Johnston made his second straight start in place of the slumping Eddie. ... N.C. State's Brown made his first start since injuring his ankle on Jan. 28 at Virginia. Brown came off the bench last Sunday at Clemson. ... Virginia Tech, which led 36-34 at the break, has lost its last four games in which it held a halftime lead. ... Eddie scored 11 of his 17 points in the final nine seconds of regulation and in overtime.
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