ACC Basketball

Trevor Lacey…Yeah, Guard Him

(Photo: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Down four with :19 seconds to go in overtime, Trevor Lacey (formally of Alabama) scored the final five points of the game, including a game-winning running three at the buzzer to wrap up a 81-80 win over Georgia Tech in overtime. The victory ends a three-game losing streak for the Wolfpack, who had fallen to ninth place in the ACC.

NC State dominated early, opening up with a 9-0 run to start the game and maintained a solid 9-14 point lead for all of the first half. However, led by Marcus Georges-Hunt, the Yellow Jackets started to chip away, eventually tying it up at the 10:35 mark at 49-49 after a basket and made free throw by Georges-Hunt. From that point…game on, baby.

Neither team was able to pull away, but Tech twice had the ball with a chance to win at the very end, but coming out of a Brian Gregory timeout, Marcus Georges drove out of control into a pack of Wolfpack defenders and was called for an offensive foul with 1.8 seconds left.

Yet, in overtime, the Yellow Jackets again had the ball with a chance to wrap this baby up. Up two with 4.9 seconds left, Quinton Stephens, a sophomore who came into the game hitting over 80-percent of his free throws, missed a pair, which left the door open for Lacey to come down in nail the game winner.

The defeat sends Georgia Tech into sole possession of last place in the ACC and possibly earning the top pick in next year’s draft…oh wait, that’s the NBA. However, it certainly brings us all one game closer to Brian Gregory’s firing.

NC State fans will call this a season-saving win (because they do that a lot). Maybe, I agree with them. A loss would have been devastating that’s for sure. The Wolfpack improve to 5-5 in the ACC, 14-9 on the year, but three of their next five are against top-15 teams, two of which will be on the road. Lose all three of those and NC State will then need a ACC Tournament Championship to earn an invite into the NCAA tournament.

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