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Ken Medlin

Lee in the right place at the right time again for Pack

Posted January 30, 2014

Desmond Lee (5) drives into the lane. NC State defeated Georgia Tech 80-78 on January 26, 2014 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC. Photo by: Jerome Carpenter

They say timing means everything. After the last four days, Desmond Lee should know.

For the second consecutive game, Lee's timing put him in position for a critical last-second follow shot to preserve an NC State win. Lee's put-back against Georgia Tech on Sunday sent the game into overtime, but Wednesday night's board-crashing moment put the game out of Florida State's reach. Both games were Wolfpack wins, with Lee's last-second heroics paving the way.

"I just try to make a play," Lee said following the Wolfpack's 74-70 win over the Seminoles. "If I can get my hand on some tip-ins, some rebounds, I'll do that."

And do that Lee has, proving lightning can strike twice with his second-straight game-saving tip-in from the same spot.

"We like to miss it to the right and have him get in there and get it," joked Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried.

Up 72-70, with star forward TJ Warren on the bench after fouling out, State got the ball with 37 seconds left. The play was designed for junior guard Ralston Turner to get free off a screen, with Lee as a secondary option if Turner's shot was defended.

As it turned out, Lee's number was called anyway. Instead of a getting pass from Turner, he was there on the boards for the critical follow with nine seconds remaining - and a serious case of deja vu after a similar play against Georgia Tech.

"Ralston probably had the best look he had all night," said Gottfried, "but Desmond made a heck of a play."

"When he shot it, I didn't care if he missed it or not," Lee said. "I was going to the basket to try to get a rebound and put it back in."

Opposing teams may want to start boxing out #5 in red - just ask Georgia Tech... and Florida State.

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  • 1waves Jan 31, 2014

    Desmond Lee is turning out to be quite the player.

  • Old Well Drinks Jan 30, 2014

    How about a pic from last night's game, instead of from the lowly team UNC played.

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