After trailing 47-35 at half and then 53-42 with 18:09 to play, Wake trounced State with an aggressive, efficient 40-19 surge over the next 14:19 and led 82-72 at the under four-minute TV timeout. State had multiple opportunities to tie (and even win) in the final minute, but missed three-of-four free throws and then missed two field goals (on one of which Leslie was clearly fouled, no call).
This just hasn’t been a good team since beating Duke (and it certainly hasn’t played with any consistency). Blame the officials if you want, but Wake was clearly the better team tonight and deserved to win. And that’s damn tragic.
Box Score (ESPN).