RALEIGH, N.C. -- T.J. Worley banked in a 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left and New Orleans became the latest mid-major to spring an upset by beating No. 21 North Carolina State 65-63 on Sunday night.
In a wild finish that had three lead changes in the final 15 seconds, New Orleans erased a late seven-point deficit by scoring eight straight points in the final 1:48, taking a 62-61 lead with 14.9 seconds left on two free throws by Bo McCalebb.
Gavin Grant hit a layup over Jaroslav Tyrna to put N.C. State up 63-62 with 8.3 seconds left, and the Privateers frantically inbounded it and worked it to Worley, whose 3-pointer from about 25 feet kissed off the glass.
Worley then broke up Brandon Costner's desperation pass to Grant as time expired and the Privateers celebrated a victory over the coach who recruited many of them to New Orleans.