LSU's Jarell Martin consoles teammate Jordan Mickey after heartbreaking loss to NC State. (Source: Jacques Doucet/WAFB)
PITTSBURGH, PA (WAFB) -
LSU's second half collapse allowed NC State to overcome a 16-point deficit and eliminate the Tigers from the NCAA tournament 66-65 Thursday.
The Wolfpack's Beejay Anya grabbed an offensive rebound and scored the game-winning basket in the final second.
The Tigers missed their last 12 shots from the field and last six attempts from the free throw line to fuel NC State's comeback. LSU (22-11) made 47 percent of its field goals and 80 percent of its free throws in the first half to take a commanding 40-26 lead at the break.
Jarrell Martin electrified the crowd in Pittsburgh with his slam dunks, which were part of a 16-point and 11-rebound performance. Jordan Mickey added 12 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots, but missed four crucial free throws in the final minutes. Tim Quarterman, who led the Tigers with 17 points and seven assists, also missed two free throws during the late surge by NC State (21-13).
LSU, which struggled with free throws in its SEC Tournament loss to Auburn, made just 12 of 22 for the game and shot just 29 percent from the field in the second half. The Tigers held NC State's high-scoring guards to just one three-pointer in the first half, but the Wolfpack made four of 17 attempts during its second half rally.
Anthony Barber led the Wolfpack with 17 points and LSU transfer Ralston Turner added 10. NC State advances to a Saturday match-up with No. 1 seed Villanova.