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After a Hoya free throw, Wood set up on the left elbow and banged in a 3 that he saw swish through the net as he lay on the court. Nearby, Georgetown’s Greg Whittington threw up his hands in disgust as the shot fell despite skintight defense.

Brown then hit a teardrop from 10 feet out on the left baseline and later added two free throws to make it 61-54 with 1:11 left to set up the wild finish.

It was another bitter disappointment for the Hoyas. They were knocked out in their first games the last two tournaments and the players said they had finally shed the stigma of those defeats with a 74-59 victory over Belmont on Friday.

But in a close game — and with a nine-point lead late in the half — they lost their mojo and never got it back despite a strong effort.

North Carolina State had reversed an eight-point deficit by running off 12 points in a row, seven of them by Williams.