Friday, March 21
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Rob Loe had 22 points and 15 rebounds, helping Saint Louis wipe out a late 14-point deficit and pull away in overtime to beat North Carolina State 83-80 in the NCAA tournament Thursday night.
Jordair Jett overcame a slow start to score 18, doing most of his damage while the fifth-seeded Billikens (27-6) were making their comeback in the last 5 minutes of regulation. Saint Louis advanced to face No. 4 seed Louisville in the third round Saturday.
Both teams shot horribly from the free throw line, with Saint Louis going 12 for 26 and No. 12 seed N.C. State finishing 20 for 37.
T.J. Warren scored 28 points for the Wolfpack (22-14), but the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year made just six of his 14 free throw attempts, including one that could have tied it in the final minute of OT.