Freshman Julius Mays hit a three-pointer with 2.6 seconds left in overtime to help North Carolina State beat visiting Miami, 84-81, last night.
Courtney Fells had 24 points to lead the Wolfpack (11-7, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), which blew a 19-point lead early in the second half and a pair of leads late in regulation and the extra period before holding on to end a two-game losing streak.
Mays, a backup point guard, finished with six points, but he came up with the biggest play. With the clock winding down, Mays launched a three-pointer that looked desperate.
But the shot dropped through the net, forcing the Hurricanes (14-6, 3-4), who play Maryland on Saturday, to rely on a half-court heave from Lance Hurdle that hit the backboard and rim before falling away.
That sent the Wolfpack bench spilling onto the court to celebrate with Mays.
"It looked real good when I shot it," Mays said. "I didn't know if it was going to be long. I knew it wasn't going to be short. It was either going to be long or roll in and out."
"I knew Julius wasn't afraid to take the shot," Wolfpack coach Sidney Lowe said. "He's made big shots. That was a big shot for anybody, but for a freshman, it was pretty impressive."
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