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BOZICH | Louisville surges into Elite Eight, defeating North Carolina State

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WDRB) -- With 14 minutes to play on Valentine's Day, the University of Louisville basketball team led North Carolina State, 43-41.

The Cards looked good – and finished awful.

The visitors outscored U of L 33-22 down the stretch and exited the KFC Yum! Center with a 74-65 victory.

Friday night at the Carrier Dome, Louisville led North Carolina State, 42-41, with 14 minutes to play in the East Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.

There was not another Wolfpack frenzy this time. Anton Gill made certain of that.

After scoring zero points in Louisville's last four games, Gill scored seven in a 2 ½ minute flurry late in the second half to carry the Cardinals to a 75-65 victory over N.C. State. He did it in relief of Wayne Blackshear, after the senior went to the bench with four fouls.

Talk about bragging rights. Gill, a sophomore, is a native of Raleigh, who grew up within a three-point shot of the North Carolina State campus. He made all three of his field-goal attempts, distributed one assist and also contributed a steal

Of course, Gill had plenty of help.

Quentin Snider, Louisville's freshman guard, played a remarkable game. After scoring only five points in 11 minutes while playing as a reserve to Chris Jones in the first N.C. State game, Snider had 14 points and three assists in the game that mattered.

Terry Rozier was also everywhere. The 17 points were nice, but you expect Rozier to score. Rozier delivered most of his domination on the glass, leading Louisville with 14 rebounds.

Montrezl Harrell scored only seven points when Louisville lost that home game on Valentine's Day. N.C. State had no answer for Harrell Friday night. He punished the Wolfpack with 21 points, making 9 of 12 shots.

The Cards had a chance to take control of the game in the first half. They shot 50 percent from the field. They turned the ball over four times. Cat Barber, North Carolina State's talented sophomore guard, failed to score. And Louisville outscored the Wolfpack in the paint 20-10.

Instead Louisville trailed, 33-31. Why? Because N. C. State made half of its 10 three-point shots, while Louisville made only one of six.

But if the first half was only OK, the second half was the closing kick the Cardinals (27-8) needed to move into the East Regional final, which will be played here Sunday afternoon for a spot in the Final Four April 4 in Indianapolis.

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