Anthony (Spud) Webb had three points and a steal in the last 31 seconds as No. 16 North Carolina State beat host Wake Forest, 66-64, yesterday to end the regular season in a tie for first in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Wolfpack (9-5 in the ACC) is tied with Georgia Tech and North Carolina. A drawing today will determine the tournament's top seed.

N.C. State led, 61-55, with 7:30 left, but the Deacons, sparked by Delaney Rudd and Kenny Green, pulled to a 64-61 lead with 3:04 left.

The Wolfpack closed to one at 2:50 on Bennie Bolton's 18-foot jumper, and had a chance to tie with 1:04 left, but Lorenzo Charles missed the front end of a one-and-one. Deacon freshman Charlie Thomas missed a free throw with 40 seconds left.

Webb drove the lane and hit a jumper to give N.C. State a 65-64 lead with 24 seconds left. Webb got a steal and was fouled, hitting one of two foul shots with four seconds left.

Charles' 18 points paced the Wolfpack (19-8). Green led Wake Forest (15-12, 5-9) with 2 points.