STORRS, CONN., FEB. 16 -- Even when they're missing, great scorers keep shooting. And Rodney Monroe, who today became the greatest scorer in North Carolina State basketball history, kept firing.
After a dreadful 30 minutes on his record-setting day, Monroe dominated the last 10, scoring 15 of the Wolfpack's final 19 points in a 60-59 victory over Connecticut.
"The best player on the floor stepped up and made the big plays," Huskies Coach Jim Calhoun said of Monroe, whose 24 points moved him past David Thompson.
Chris Corchiani, whose eight assists left him 14 shy of the all-time NCAA record, hit a one-and-one with 20 seconds left to win it.
The Wolfpack (15-7) then fought off the Huskies (15-8), who did everything they wanted except score. Chris Smith's 18-footer missed, then Scott Burrell's point-blank tap bounced off the back rim.
After the Huskies bolted to a seven-point lead with seven minutes left, Monroe seized the moment. Unable to get free on the perimeter, he went down low and put on a show, hitting a variety of twisting jumpers: a quick turnaround, a fallaway, a leaning 15-footer to tie it with two minutes to go.
"I knew it had to turn around sooner or later," said Monroe, admittedly relieved to get the record out of the way. He has 2,327 points, 18 more than Thompson.