(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Down 11 with just 3:01 left in regulation, St. Louis went on a 21-10 run to send the game against North Carolina St. into overtime. There, the fifth-seeded Billikens finished off the comeback and defeated 12th-seeded NC State 83-80 Thursday, in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Rob Loe scored six of his team-high 22 points in overtime to seal the deal.
“We didn’t want to end on that kind of note. We didn’t want to bow out of the tournament this early,” Loe said of the team’s comeback. “We’re here to win, and we’re here to put our mark on basketball.”
The win wouldn’t have been possible without NC State’s poor shooting from the free throw line. The Wolfpack shot 12-of-24 from the line for the final eight minutes of the game.
“It’s heartbreaking. … Obviously we’re going to always feel like we let one slip away,” NC State coach Mark Gottfried said. ” It’s hard to explain. We’re a good foul shooting team.”
St. Louis (27-6) now advances to take on fourth-seeded Louisville, who edged 13th-seeded Manhattan 71-64.
T.J. Warren had 28 points, eight rebounds, and three steals for the Wolfpack (22-14) in the loss.
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Jill Martin, CNN