Anthony "Cat" Barber buried a 3-pointer at the buzzer to help North Carolina State beat High Point 76-73 on Wednesday night.
Barber scored 26 points, the last coming with a shot that swished through the net at the horn to cap a tight finish for the Wolfpack (7-3). Teammates immediately mobbed Barber, who fell to the floor right in front of the N.C. State bench as the shot dropped in.
It was a fitting finish for a game in which neither team led by more than six points after halftime, with the preseason Big South Conference favorite Panthers (8-3) giving N.C. State everything it could handle on its own home court.
Anthony Lindauer scored 18 points to lead High Point, while John Brown had 17 points but shot just 6 of 17.
High Point had every chance to steal this one, calling timeout with the ball and a chance at the last shot in a tie game. But Cody Martin stole Lindauer's inbounds pass and was fouled with 16.6 seconds left.
Martin left the game with an apparent left leg injury, forcing BeeJay Anya to the foul line to shoot the free throws. Anya, who entered the game at 34 percent, missed both attempts, but freshman Maverick Rowan snagged the loose rebound in the lane to give the Wolfpack one last shot after a timeout.
Barber took care of the rest on a night when his jumper was N.C. State's best offense.
High Point: Adam Weary scored 15 points while Lorenzo Cugini had 12. ... High Point made 8 of 16 3-pointers and shot 43 percent for the game.
N.C. State: Abdul-Malik Abu had a strong game with 13 points and nine rebounds, including a stretch when he scored eight of N.C. State's 11 points after High Point had taken a one-point second-half lead. ... Rowan finished with 19 points. ... Barber finished 10 of 22 from the field with six assists.
High Point travels to William & Mary on Monday.
N.C. State travels to Missouri on Saturday.