Tech advances to a Sunday final against Duke, where it will play its fourth game in four days. The Yellow Jackets did manage a split of the season series, winning by two in Atlanta and losing by 19 in Durham.
NC State gave the tourney a thrill with its run to this point and refused to relent until the last second here, coming back from a 10-point deficit to take a lead for much of the second half. Another good show by Sidney Lowe, who only seems to coach well in this tournament.
The intentional foul by Javier Gonzalez an absolute killer for the Wolfpack. It was a shocking loss of composure, pulling Derrick Favors around and down by his shirt tail, and it nearly sparked a fight. It also led to three Tech points at a key juncture in the final 90 seconds.
Tech won this game with its size on the defensive end, using its tall guards to limit State's three-point shooters and with big men Derrick favors and Gani Lawal making it very difficult to score inside.