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Work on your fundamentals, kids

Raise your hand if you suck at free throws.
Raise your hand if you suck at free throws.
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At the under-4 media timeout (with 3:59 left), LSU was ahead by a score of 64-60 and heading to the line. Tim Quarterman split his free throws in that trip. After getting a defensive stop, they then turned the ball over. Another stop. After being fouled, Tim Quarterman missed the front end of a 1-and-1.

That miss led to a basket by NC State, cutting the lead to 65-62. The teams then exchanged empty possessions, leaving NC State down 3 with exactly 2:00 remaining on the clock. LSU burned the entire shot clock on that trip down the floor before drawing another foul, this time to send Jordan Mickey to the line. With 1:25 left and his team up by 3, he missed both free throws.

Another defensive stop - this time seeing NC State miss a pair of three-point attempts - gave LSU the ball back with 1:03 left and Jordan Mickey heading to the line again... where he missed them both. NC State missed a three, but Beejay Anya tipped the ball back to narrow the deficit to just one with 44 seconds left. Jordan Mickey missed a layup with 22 seconds left, setting up Beejay Anya's game-winning basket.

After the final media timeout, LSU shot 0-2/0-1/1-7 (including the front end of a 1-and-1) and turned the ball over once. NC State scored 6 points in four minutes to come from down 4 to win the game at the horn. There's no way around it: LSU left this game at the free throw line.