RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)—Ben McCauley had 16 points and North Carolina State got a key defensive stop in the final seconds to hold off Loyola of Maryland 62-60 on Monday night.
Courtney Fells added 11 points for the Wolfpack (8-2), who twice blew double-digit leads before finally bouncing back from last week’s last-second loss to Marquette. N.C. State led by 14 points in the opening minutes and by 16 with 8 1/2 minutes left before surviving a tense final few minutes for the win.
Marquis Sullivan scored 21 points for the Greyhounds (4-8), who had a chance to win while trailing 61-60 in the final 20 seconds. But as Jamal Barney drove the left side, McCauley stepped out and forced him into a tough fadeaway shot that he missed.
Fells added a free throw with 0.3 seconds left after being fouled on the rebound, and Loyola’s final three-quarter court heave came after the horn.