Sweet Revenge: UofL outlasts NC State, advances into Elite 8
03/27/2015 09:39 PM
SYRACUSE, NY — The last time the Cardinals played both the Wolfpack and visited the Carrier Dome, they lost back-to-back games for the only time this season with a player suspension threatening to tear the team apart.
Now, they’re heading back to the Elite Eight.
Montrezl Harrell broke out of his scoring slump to post a game-high 24 points as No. 4 seed Louisville (27-8) claimed revenge over No. 8 seed NC State with a 75-65 victory in the Sweet 16 on Friday night.
Continuing his great NCAA tournament play, Terry Rozier posted a double-double with 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
It was a close game throughout, with NC State (22-14) claiming a slim 33-31 lead at halftime. But even with its stars playing well, it was sophomore role player Anton Gill who ignited the Cardinals’ escape in the second half.
After Trevor Lacey hit his third three-pointer to give NC State a 54-53 lead with 7:19 left in the game, UofL responded with a 14-3 run to go up double digits and seize control. It was Gill who sparked the run, scoring seven points on 3-3 shooting in just over two minutes of game time.
Lacey finished with 16 points to lead the Wolfpack but didn’t make a field goal over the final 7:19 as UofL pulled away and iced it with free throws.
Before Friday’s Sweet 16 tilt, the two ACC foes last faced each other on Valentine’s day in Louisville when the unranked Wolfpack handed then No. 9 UofL a surprising 74-65 defeat. The Cardinal next traveled to the Carrier Dome where it fell to Syracuse — its first back-to-back losses of the season — in a game from which former UofL guard Chris Jones was suspended for a violation of team rules before later being kicked of the team.
Freshman Quentin Snider, who replaced Jones in the starting lineup after his departure, continued his strong tournament showing by totaling 14 points, three assists, and zero turnovers.
Win the win, the Cardinals advance into the Elite Eight for the third time in four years and will play No. 7 seed Michigan State in the East Regional final on Sunday at 2:20 p.m. ET on CBS.