Scores

Final

Marquette 68

(10-2, 1-0 away)

NC State 65

(7-2, 6-1 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 22, 2008

    PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

    1 2 T
    MARQ 32 3668
    NCST 35 3065

    Top Performers

    Marquette: D. James 18 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast

    NC State: B. Costner 24 Pts, 8 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    James hits game-winner at :0.4 to dash NC State's hopes

    Associated Press

    Fast Facts

    • Dominic James' 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds left gave the Golden Eagles the win, their first on the road this season.

    • Marquette outscored NC State 36-30 in the second half to win a rematch of the 1974 NCAA championship game and even the all-time series at 2-2.

    • The Wolfpack committed 18 turnovers, eight more than the Golden Eagles, en route to losing for the first time in their last four games.

    -- ESPN research

    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Dominic James' 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining lifted Marquette (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today) past North Carolina State 68-65 on Monday night.

    Jerel McNeal scored 20 points and James added 18 for the Golden Eagles (10-2).

    Brandon Costner matched a season high with 24 points on 9-of-10 shooting to lead N.C. State (7-2), which couldn't overcome 18 turnovers and had no answer down the stretch for James.

    Marquette's diminutive point guard corralled the rebound of Ben McCauley's miss in traffic with about 30 seconds left and the game tied at 65-all. The Golden Eagles called timeout and James dribbled out most of the clock before coming left off a screen and swishing his third 3 of the final 4 minutes.

    McCauley caught Costner's desperation inbounds heave, turned and hit a turnaround jumper -- but it came an instant after the horn, and the forward was a step inside the 3-point arc anyway.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MARQ
    NCST
    Points 68 65
    FG Made-Attempted 27-56 (.482) 24-47 (.511)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-16 (.438) 8-16 (.500)
    FT Made-Attempted 7-10 (.700) 9-13 (.692)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 7

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