Instant analysis: Temple 76, NC State 72

Dayton, Ohio – Reaction to ninth-seeded Temple defeated eighth-seeded North Carolina State, 76-72, win Friday’s NCAA tournament second-round East Regional matchup here at University of Dayton Arena.

It was over when:  Temple guard Khalif Wyatt hit a pair of foul shots with 2 seconds left to give the Owls a 76-72 cushion.

Game ball goes to: Wyatt finished with a game-high 31 points.  The senior made 12 of 14 free throws en route to shattering the Owls’ single-season made foul shot record.  Wyatt’s 31 points are also the fifth most by a Temple player in the NCAA tournament. It was the most since 1991.

Stat of the game:  North Carolina State shot 70.4 percent (19-for-27) from the field in the second half.  Most of those baskets came on layups, as the Wolfpack pushed tempo and lived in the lane after intermission.

Unsung hero: Jake O’Brien was the reason Temple built a 16-point halftime cushion. The 6-foot-9 stretch forward scored 13 of his 18 points before intermission. O’Brien made 7 of 9 shots – including going 4-for-6 on three-pointers – in 32 minutes.

What Temple learned: The Owls aka “The Confident Crew” really didn’t learn anything.  While it had doubters, Temple was confident that it would beat N.C. State.

What NC State learned:  N.C. State found out that it can’t gives teams like Temple comfortable first-half cushions.  The Pack also learned that Wyatt is as good as any guard it faced in the season.

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