Injured Wyatt leads Temple over NC State 76-72

Injured Wyatt leads Temple over NC State 76-72

Credit: Al Behrman — AP Photo

North Carolina State guard Lorenzo Brown (2) reaches in on Temple forward Jake O'Brien (22) during the first half of a second-round game at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 22, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio.

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 12:06 PM

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Khalif Wyatt scored 31 points, finishing the game with an injured left thumb that had him grimacing before his clinching free throws, and Temple broke with its one-and-done NCAA tournament trend Friday, beating North Carolina State 76-72 in the second round of the East Regional. 

The ninth-seeded Owls (24-9) opened a 17-point lead before Wyatt -- the Atlantic 10's player of the year and top scorer -- hurt his left thumb and left the game briefly, returning with black tape on the non-shooting hand. 

Every shot was an adventure, but he made enough -- including six painful but perfect free throws in the final 32 seconds -- to keep Temple around for more than one game. The Owls had lost their opener in four of their last five NCAA trips. 

No. 8 NC State (24-11) trailed most of the game and came up short of a deep tournament run on the 30th anniversary of its national title. 




 

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