The Saint Louis Billikens erased a 16-point second half deficit and completed an incredible comeback in overtime to advance in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. SLU was down 55-39 to NC State with 8:13 remaining, but ran off an insane thirty one points to tie things up and force OT. Rob Loe, Jordair Jett and company then finished off the 83-80 win, pulling off one of the more improbable tourney comebacks in recent memory. With the victory, the A-10 now moves to 2-1 in the dance, with wins over both the ACC and the B1G.
This game was all Wolfpack in the early going, as NC State was up 30-19 with 3:08 remaining in the first half. The Billikens ran off the last seven points of the half, however, and they were in striking distance heading into the locker room.
But SLU’s offense went cold to start the second frame as NC State scored 25 points in the first 12 minutes of the half to build their 16 point lead and it looked to be all but over. Jordair Jett wasn’t having it. The A-10 Player of the Year sparked a huge outburst from the Billikens as they started to close the gap. Still, the Wolfpack held an 11 point lead with 3:09 left to play. Had to feel pretty safe, right?
Wrong. Saint Louis racked up twenty one points in the final three minutes (!!!!) as they sent the game to overtime. The Billikens actually had a chance to take the lead with 18 seconds left, but a Jett free throw rimmed out. A defensive stand later and it was time for OT.
SLU grinded out the overtime period as they took advantage of the fact that NC State played on Tuesday as part of the First Four. When the dust settled, Saint Louis walked away with an 83-80 instant classic victory. They’ll advance to play the winner of Louisville and Manhattan on Saturday.