NC State Shocks Georgetown

Lorenzo Brown sinks three free throws in final seconds

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Mar 18, 2012 4:25 PM CDT

(Newser) – 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.

Georgetown's Jason Clark, center, drives to the basket between North Carolina State's C.J. Leslie, left, and Richard Howell on Sunday, March 18, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.   (Jay LaPrete)
North Carolina State's C.J. Leslie (5) drives around Georgetown's Nate Lubick (34) on Sunday, March 18, 2012. Lubick was called for a foul.   (Tony Dejak)
North Carolina State's Richard Howell (1) and Georgetown's Henry Sims (14) battle for a loose ball in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, March 18, 2012.   (Jay LaPrete)
North Carolina State's DeShawn Painter (0) shoots over Georgetown's Mikael Hopkins (3) in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, March 18, 2012.   (Tony Dejak)
Georgetown's Jason Clark, left, tries to shoot over North Carolina State's C.J. Leslie on Sunday, March 18, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.   (Jay LaPrete)
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