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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.

Instant analysis: Temple 76, NC State 72

Temple´s Jake O´Brien, left, is knocked out of bounds by NC State´s C.J. Leslie.  (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Temple's Jake O'Brien, left, is knocked out of bounds by NC State's C.J. Leslie. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

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.

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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.

About this blog
Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He takes over the Sixers beat after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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