With the score 72-69, Javier Gonzalez missed a jumper with 33 seconds to play. He also tried an 18-footer with 6.5 seconds left with the Pack behind 73-71, and he missed that as well.
Finally, with 1 second left, Julius Mays put up a 3-point attempt for the win from the top of the key, and it missed, too. "The first one went halfway down, it looked in," Gonzalez said. "The next one, the last one I took, felt good, too."
Gonzalez let out a big sigh and leaned against a wall outside the N.C. State locker room. It was the fourth straight ACC loss for the Wolfpack (14-10, 2-7) since shocking Duke on Jan. 20.
"On offense I was too passive, I didn't do my job," Gonzalez said. "I had stupid turnovers that I should have never had, and that's the only reason we....I told the guys that was my fault. I let my guys down."
Junior point guard Javier Gonzalez played through the pain in the second half at Marquette. But his injured hamstring kept him in street clothes this past Saturday when N.C. State beat Georgia Southern. Now it's uncertain when the team's third-leading scorer will be back.
Head coach Sidney Lowe had no definitive answers on a possible return to the lineup.
The N.C. State men's basketball squad will be looking to start the season 7-1 on Saturday in an afternoon game against Georgia Southern at Reynolds Coliseum. They may be doing it without junior point guard Javier Gonzalez, who came away from the Wolfpack's last game with a sore hamstring.
"He didn't practice Tuesday, he didn't practice yesterday," Lowe said Friday at his press conference. "We're just trying to take our time with it let him get some shooting first and we'll see how he feels tomorrow."