PITTSBURGH – One and done. That's how long LSU's first NCAA Tournament run in six years lasted after a stunning 66-65 defeat at the hands of NC State (21-13) Thursday night.
The Tigers, which finished the season 22-11, held on to the most tenuous of leads down the home stretch before Wolfpack big man BeeJay Anya sent in a left-handed, rim-circling hook that went down with :00.1 remaining in regulation.
Anya's shot capped an 8-1 run that sank the Bayou Bengals, which led for 30 minutes and 45 seconds of the ballgame.
LSU looked to be on cruise control for much of the contest, up 40-26 at the half and, at one point in the final 20 minutes, leading by 16 over the Wolfpack, seeded eighth in the East Region.
But things unraveled in a hurry once the fire was getting closer to the Tigers' feet as LSU failed to make a field goal in the final 10 minutes, 26 seconds of the ball game, all told missing on its final 12 attempts from the field and five shots from the charity stripe.
The biggest opportunities not taken came from sophomore forward Jordan Mickey, who couldn't connect on four straight free throws or a short-distance bank shot in the game's final 85 seconds.
In the loss Tim Quarterman led the way with 17 points, nine rebounds (seven offensive), seven assists and two steals.
Mickey - 12 points, 14 rebounds, six blocks - and Martin, 16 points and 11 rebounds, chipped in double-doubles as well.
For NC State, Cat Barber finished strong in the second half, getting to 17 total points, while former Tiger Ralston Turner and Abdul-Malik Abu combined for 23 points.
The Wolfpack advance to face top East Region seed Villanova Saturday at 7:10 Eastern Time.
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GAME RECAP: NC State 66, LSU 65
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