Junior Ralston Turner did that in the second round win over Miami.
"Ralston tonight stepped up," said Gottfried after the win.
Turner played 37 minutes and finished with 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the field. He hit 5-of-8 3-pointers and added a rebound and a steal.
"I feel like [I'm in a rhythm] all the time, but I was just out there shooting normal shots," said Turner. "They were good shots, and the shots I felt like our team needed so I took them."
The Wolfpack really leaned on him from behind the 3-point line, as he had all five of the team's 3-point baskets. The biggest came with 1:46 remaining to give his team a 5-point lead. According to Gottfried, that shot was off a set designed to free Turner up for the attempt.
"[We] called one for Ralston where he knocked down the shot and hit the three," said Gottfried. "That's terrific execution. We've been in close games. We know late in the game you got to really execute well and get the right shots. I thought our guys did a nice job of that."
Turner (22 points) and Warren (24 points) combined to score 46 of the Pack's 67 points, despite facing a triangle-and-two defense for much of the game.
"Our intentions were to try to keep their best two players from hurting us," Miami head coach Jim Larranaga told the media after the game. "We played a triangle and two the whole second half, and [Warren and Turner] still ended up with 24 and 22, so their offense was better than our defense."
Now NC State moves on to Syracuse, a team that knocked off the Wolfpack by one point earlier in the year. Facing Syracuse's 2-3 zone, Turner hit 3-of-8 3-point attempts, and he knows that he'll have chances to knock down shots from deep.
"Against their zone you have to make some shots... get inside their zone. Hopefully I can keep it rolling."
Most might view this as a revenge game for the Wolfpack after letting the previous matchup slip away, but that's not the mindset Turner has.
"We're looking forward to it," he said. "It's not a revenge game like people have asked. The main thing is we want to keep winning. That's what we're really focused on, and we want to play well.
"We recognize what they've done in the past... we respect that and know that but at the same time you can't think about it when you're playing. You try to win the game just like they are trying to win the game."