No raucous celebration to end this season. North Carolina State finished it with a dud.
The Wolfpack couldn't stop injured Khalif Wyatt, who scored 31 points despite a sore thumb and made six decisive free throws in the final 32 seconds Friday, leading Temple to a 76-72 victory in the second round of the East Regional.
The Wolfpack (24-11) returned four starters from a team that went to the round of 16 last season, but couldn't get past the opener this year. They never were able to get over slow starts - a slow start to their season, slow starts in their March games.
''The whole year became this struggle to reach higher than we were, and we just kept reaching and couldn't get there,'' coach Mark Gottfried said. ''You just seem to always be falling short. And today's disappointing, no question.''
Richard Howell had 14 points and 15 rebounds for N.C. State, which failed to fully take advantage of its advantage inside.
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