Scores

Final OT

UNC Greensboro 93

(6-7, 3-1 Southern)

NC State 95

(10-4, 0-1 ACC)

    7:00 PM ET, January 2, 2007

    PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

    1 2 OT T
    UNCG 42 35 1693
    NCST 41 36 1895

    Top Performers

    UNC Greensboro: K. Hines 27 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 Blk

    NC State: B. McCauley 26 Pts, 10 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Blk

    N.C. State 95, UNC Greensboro 93

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- With a six-player rotation, North Carolina State has plenty of opportunities to fill up the statistics column. And few water breaks.

    Ben McCauley was an example of both Tuesday as he tallied 26 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists while never coming out of the game as N.C. State beat UNC Greensboro 95-93 in overtime.

    N.C. State (10-4) trailed by 11 in the second half until Gavin Grant hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to tie the score at 77 with 10 seconds left in regulation.

    "This was a gut-check game for us. It could have gone either way," said Grant, who scored 18 points, pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds and joined McCauley with 45 minutes played. "We do a lot of five-on-five drills and the last five minutes of the game and the overtime were just like that, five-on-five, don't get tired."

    McCauley tied career-highs in points and rebounds and set a new mark in assists and minutes played. He scored N.C. State's first six points of overtime, and his overall performance proved even more important once Brandon Costner, N.C. State's only other post player, picked up his fourth foul with 9:54 left in the game.

    "I felt like we had an advantage inside, and sure enough they got me the ball and I got some points and passed out when they collapsed on me," said McCauley, one of four N.C. State players to log 39 minutes or more in the game.

    "(McCauley) did an unbelievable job," N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe said. "I give his teammates just as much credit because they got it to him and we played off of him."

    Those teammates included Courtney Fells, who scored a career-high 19 points, including a career-best 9-for-9 performance from the free-throw line, and Costner, who finished with 18 points.

    Fells scored 13 of his points in the first half to help keep N.C. State close. UNC Greensboro (6-7) led 42-41 at the half and built a 58-47 lead with 13:48 remaining.

    Kendall Toney led UNC Greensboro with a career-high 28 points, including eight 3-pointers to set a school record for freshmen. The Spartans hit a school-record 16 3-pointers, and they got many of those open looks because of the post play of Kyle Hines, who scored 27 points before fouling out with 1:58 left in overtime.

    "We thought all week and all game that if we played hard, we could play with them and it would come down to the last shot of the game," said Hines, who scored in double-figures for the 34th consecutive game.

    Ricky Hickman, who finished with 21 points and a season-high 11 rebounds, hit a 3-pointer with 1:35 left in the game to put UNC Greensboro up 73-72. He made two free throws with 20 seconds left to give the Spartans a 77-74 edge.

    After Grant tied the game, Hickman missed an 18-foot jumper at the buzzer that would have given UNC Greensboro its first win against N.C. State in five matchups.

    "Guys just made big plays," Lowe said. "Most of the time in a ball game when you make that many plays, you have a little bit of a lead. That team wouldn't go away, and we just gutted it out."

    N.C. State's Engin Atsur missed his ninth straight game with a severe hamstring pull.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UNCG
    NCST
    Points 93 95
    FG Made-Attempted 33-71 (.465) 30-63 (.476)
    3P Made-Attempted 16-36 (.444) 4-14 (.286)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-17 (.647) 31-38 (.816)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 29 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 11 7

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