Marshall's drive to the basket with 10 seconds left concluded with a short jumper, and N.C. State's Alex Johnson flat on his back near the baseline. Marshall's shot sealed UNC's 69-67 win in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals and put the Tar Heels in the championship game for the fourth time in the last six years.
Immediately after the shot, Gottfried screamed Marshall should've been called for a charge. No call was made.
"I feel like in the game of basketball in that situation I don't think they're going to call a ticky-tack foul," said Marshall, who finished with 12 points and 10 assists, becoming the first player in UNC history to finish with double digits in both points and assists in three consecutive games.
Gottfried let his thoughts regarding the officiating be known by saying nothing at all.
"You can't talk about that," said Gottfried, whose team was considered to be on the
N.C. State (22-12), which shot 44.8 percent from the floor for the game, had two more chances. UNC, which was led by
On N.C. State's next quick trip up the floor, Scott Wood appeared to spot Norfolk native DeShawn Painter alone under the basket, but Justin Watts jumped in front of the pass and flipped it all the way back up the court before falling out-of-bounds.
"We had a mix-up and Painter was underneath the basket wide-open," said UNC coach Roy Williams, whose team shot 44.4 percent from the floor. "I'm screaming, 'Go get him' to one of our guys. It was not (Watts') man. J. Watts heard me, or saw it I can't tell you which one, and went scrambling down there and saved us."
Johnson ran the ball down with sixth-tenths of a second left and N.C. State called timeout. After the timeout, N.C. State's Richard Howell tried to gather in a near full-length court pass from CJ Williams in the lane, but Howell bobbled it and the clock expired.
Foul trouble plagued both teams down the stretch. Zeller fouled out with 1:08 remaining and the game tied 66-66.