N.C. State keeps magical March Madness run alive with 67-58 win over Marquette

DALLAS — DJ Horne scored 19 factors and North Carolina State saved its magical NCAA Match run alive, beating Marquette 67-58 on Friday evening to succeed in the Elite Eight for the primary time since 1986.

Casey Morsell added 15 factors and Mohamed Diarra had 11 factors and 15 rebounds for the Wolfpack, who’ve eight consecutive victories for the reason that begin of the Atlantic Coast Convention Match, which they needed to win even to be part of March Insanity.

On the fiftieth anniversary of N.C. State’s first nationwide championship in 1974 — when the Wolfpack beat the Golden Eagles for the title — it’s starting to look quite a bit like the second in 1983.

“It’s magical, however I’m going to say we knew this from day one,” stated Horne, whose group misplaced seven of 9 to complete the common season. “We knew we have been an excellent group. It was all a matter of simply locking in and understanding our roles, and no higher time to be doing that than now.”

N.C. State (25-14), the eleventh seed within the South Area, will face top-seeded Houston or No. 4 seed Duke on Sunday for a spot within the Remaining 4.

The final time the Wolfpack went that far 41 years in the past, they needed to win the ACC Match earlier than the late Jim Valvano sprinted across the court docket looking for somebody to hug after a still-talked-about upset of high-flying Houston for the title.

The lower-key Kevin Keatts is answerable for the most recent unlikely crew, with an enormous character between the strains in 6-foot-9, 275-pound ahead DJ Burns Jr., whose spinning layup and 5 assists helped the Wolfpack construct a 13-point halftime lead.

The No. 2 seed Golden Eagles (27-10) couldn’t overcome an unpleasant capturing efficiency of their first journey to the Candy 16 since 2013. They went 4 of 31 (12.9%) from 3-point vary and shot 33.3% total.

“We talked about being very stingy defensively,” Keatts stated. “Marquette’s a very good basketball group. They do a terrific job. I believed we have been higher defensively.”

Kam Jones scored 20 factors and level guard Tyler Kolek had 17 factors and 10 rebounds as a Large East group misplaced for the primary time in eight video games on this match.

Third-year coach Shaka Good is 0-2 within the NCAA Match in Texas with Marquette — together with North Carolina’s first-round blowout two years in the past — after failing to win a match recreation in six seasons main the Longhorns.

N.C. State discovered the identical steadiness that led to 5 gamers main the group in scoring in the course of the present profitable streak. Horne did it for the third time.

Horne answered two transient Marquette runs with 3-pointers, blowing a kiss to the Golden Eagles followers behind their group’s bench after the primary and gesturing towards his supporters close to the N.C. State bench after the second.

Marquette was inside eight when Jones missed an open 3-pointer with six minutes to go. The Golden Eagles couldn’t get nearer than six after trailing by 16 early within the second half.

The end of the primary half stated all of it because the Golden Eagles completed with a season low in factors.

After Oso Ighodaro missed a dunk, Marquette acquired the rebound, just for David Joplin to overlook a 3 to drop to 0 of 5 from deep earlier than the break.

Joplin was fouled on a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds remaining within the first half, and missed all three free throws.


After the 1983 title, the Wolfpack reached the Elite Eight once more in 1985 and ’86. They misplaced to a No. 1 seed every time. St. John’s was a 69-60 winner in ’85, adopted by Kansas with a 75-67 victory.

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