Final: Georgia Tech 57, NC State 54

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Quick postgame thoughts from Georgia Tech 57, NC State 54.

  • 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.