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Wyatt, Owls Knock Off Wolfpack

By: AP
By: AP

March 22, 2013

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) - Khalif Wyatt scored 31 points, finishing the game with an injured left thumb that had him grimacing before his clinching free throws, and Temple broke with its one-and-done NCAA tournament trend Friday, beating North Carolina State 76-72 in the second round of the East Regional.

The ninth-seeded Owls (24-9) opened a 17-point lead before Wyatt - the Atlantic 10's player of the year and top scorer - hurt his left thumb and left the game briefly, returning with black tape on the non-shooting hand.

Every shot was an adventure, but he made enough - including six painful but perfect free throws in the final 32 seconds - to keep Temple around for more than one game. The Owls had lost their opener in four of their last five NCAA trips.

No. 8 NC State (24-11) trailed most of the game and came up short of a deep tournament run on the 30th anniversary of its national title.

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