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Anya last-second leaner lifts NC State rally past LSU

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    North Carolina State's Anthony Barber, bottom, tries to bring the ball past LSU's Jalyn Patterson (15) during the second half of an NCAA tournament second round college basketball game, Thursday, March 19, 2015, in Pittsburgh.
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PITTSBURGH » BeeJay Anya’s hook shot rolled around and in with a second to play, lifting North CarolinaState to a stunning 66-65 victory over LSU in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.

The eighth-seeded Wolfpack (21-13) trailed by as much as 16 but rallied to earn a date with top-seeded Villanova in the round of 32 on Saturday.

Cat Barber led N.C. State with 17 points and Abdul-Malik Abu added 13, but Anya came up with the biggest play of the game. Senior Trevor Lacey tried to work for a shot with the clock winding down before giving up and feeding Anya in the block. The burly sophomore got off a left-handed hook and it caromed in.

Tim Quarterman scored 17 points, but the Tigers (22-11) collapsed late. LSU missed its last 12 field goals and six crucial free throws in the final 4 minutes.

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