It's been a long time since North Carolina State was mentioned in the same breath with the elite programs in the nation—let alone its own state. Now, a new coach and a new attitude have the Wolfpack faithful harkening back to the glory days of David Thompson and Jim Valvano. Lorenzo Brown hit three free throws in the final 10.6 seconds and North Carolina State returned to the round of 16 with a 66-63 upset of third-seeded Georgetown in the NCAA tournament today.
A lowly 11th seed coming in, they had to survive a furious comeback by the Hoyas (24-9) that ended when Jason Clark's hurried 3-point attempt from the right wing was off the mark at the buzzer. "We pushed the ball up the court, tried to get a last shot," Clark said, his eyes brimming with tears. "I felt like it had a chance, but it didn't." The Wolfpack (24-12) will play Purdue or Kansas on Friday in St. Louis.