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NCAA Game Summary - North Carolina State vs. Syracuse



(Friday, March 14th)

Final Score: North Carolina State 66, (11) Syracuse 63

Greensboro, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - T.J. Warren and North Carolina State got its revenge against Syracuse, with the conference Player of the Year depositing 28 points to lead the Wolfpack to a profile-building 66-63 win over the 11th-ranked Orange in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament.

Nearly a month after dropping a 56-55 heartbreaker to the then-unbeaten Orange in the Carrier Dome, a Wolfpack team squarely on the NCAA bubble enhanced their credentials and advanced to a third straight ACC semifinal behind a sound defensive effort and clutch shooting down the stretch.

Ralston Turner's 3-pointer with 2:28 remaining snapped a 59-59 tie, and N.C. State (21-12) survived a frantic sequence in the final seconds in which Syracuse missed six consecutive shots on its last possession.

Warren added eight rebounds and Jordan Vanderberg scored 10 points for the seventh-seeded Wolfpack, who will face seventh-ranked Duke in Saturday's semis. The No. 3 seed Blue Devils moved on with a 63-62 decision over Clemson in Friday's last quarterfinal.

"I don't know if I could be more proud of a group than I am of my team," said Wolfpack head coach Mark Gottfried. "Obviously, Syracuse is a great team. They're so long and athletic and can score the ball. Their zone gives you so many problems, but our guys just seemed to stay the course, not get frustrated, just stay with it and stay with it. And we had answers because of our resiliency."

Playing its first-ever conference tournament game other than the Big East, Syracuse (27-5) had its fate sealed by poor shooting. The Orange made good on just 32.7 percent of its field goal attempts in its fifth defeat in seven outings since beginning the season 25-0.

"I think we shot the ball badly and it's hard to recover when you're not shooting the ball well," Orange head coach Jim Boeheim remarked. "It's very difficult to win."

Tyler Ennis nearly led the Orange back from a 10-point deficit in the second half, netting 15 of his 21 points after the break while dishing out seven assists. Jerami Grant finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Syracuse briefly overcame its offensive woes by excelling on the defensive end while putting together a 12-2 run to claim a 59-57 lead with under four minutes left. After a pair of Anthony Barber free throws drew the Wolfpack even, Turner banked in a long three off the glass to break the deadlock with 2:28 left.

N.C. State still led by three entering the final minute, but the Orange's Rakeem Christmas altered Barber's shot while driving to the hoop and Michael Gbinije scored on the other end to cut Syracuse's deficit to 64-63 with 26.4 seconds to go. Warren then made both free throws after being immediately sent to the line, setting the stage for the wild finish.

Ennis misfired from inside the arc and Grant couldn't finish in close after grabbing the rebound, but Syracuse kept maintaining possession and got off four more attempts -- two from Trevor Cooney and one each from Ennis and C.J. Fair -- from 3-point range.

All missed the mark, with Cooney's desperation heave with time winding down coming up an air-ball and landing out of bounds to seal the outcome.

"I was saying to myself, 'can we just get a rebound, just somebody grab the ball?," Gottfried said. "We escaped on that one, obviously, right there. But, you know, sometimes those kind of things balance out in life. You know, you have a tough one earlier in the year where we didn't finish the game. Today, maybe fate was on your side on that last possession."

The Wolfpack appeared on their way to an easier victory after embarking on a 13-3 tear that snapped a 37-37 deadlock early in the second half. Turner began the surge with a trey and Warren ended it with a midrange jumper that staked N.C. State to a 50-40 lead with 11 minutes left.

A 7-2 spurt by the Orange quickly trimmed the margin to five. Turner then drained another three to shortly reverse the momentum, though Syracuse scored the next seven points to pull within 55-54 with 5:23 remaining on Christmas' dunk off a Grant feed.

N.C. State didn't make a basket for over five minutes after Turner's aforementioned trey, allowing Syracuse to continue move ahead for the first time since three minutes were left in the opening half. Three straight trips to the foul line resulted in five straight Orange points, with Fair going 1- of-2 from the stripe to put Syracuse up by a 59-57 count with 3:41 to play.

"I thought we really made some unbelievable steals to get back in it," Boeheim said. They had the game pretty much under control. We made a couple of really good steals in our traps and got down and gave ourselves an opportunity to win the game. But we made some bad plays down the stretch."

Both teams struggled to shoot the ball for the majority of the opening half, with N.C. State missing 12 of its first 14 attempts and the Orange starting out a cold 3-of-18 from the field. The Wolfpack began to find some success against Syracuse's patented zone over the latter stages of the period, however, to take a slim lead at the break.

Tyler Lewis knocked down an open look from 3-point range with 2:05 left in the half and Warren hit a jumper on the Wolfpack's next possession, with the basket giving N.C. State a 27-23 edge entering the final minute.

The Wolfpack entered the intermission with a 28-25 advantage, having limited the Orange to a 25.9 percent shooting percentage for the first half.

Game Notes

Fair, Syracuse's leading scorer on the season, was held to nine points on 3- of-16 shooting, while Cooney managed just five while going 1-of-6 on 3-point tries ... The Orange outrebounded N.C. State by a 36-33 margin, marking only the second time this season they lost when winning the battle on the glass ... Warren finished with 23 points in the Wolfpack's narrow loss at the Carrier Dome on Feb. 15.

03/15 00:57:40 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCSU 24
GASO 23
Final
DUKE 52
ELON 13
 
Final
UNC 56
LBRTY 29
7:05pm Saturday
NOR 4
DUR 1
 
Final
ECU 52
NCCU 7
 
5:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
TOR 2
NYY 0
Final
CWS 6
DET 3
Final
STL 1
CHC 5
Final
PIT 3
CIN 2
Final
BAL 3
MIN 2
Final
TAM 7
BOS 0
Final
KAN 2
CLE 3
Final
CWS 4
DET 8
Final
ATL 0
MIA 4
Final
NYM 2
PHI 7
Final
HOU 2
TEX 0
Final
ARI 0
COL 2
Final
STL 13
CHC 2
Final
SDP 2
LOS 1
 
Final
SFG 3
MIL 1
 
Final
ANA 2
OAK 0
 
Final
SEA 1
WAS 3
 
1:07pm Today
TOR
NYY
 
1:10pm Today
NYM
PHI
 
1:35pm Today
PIT
CIN
 
1:35pm Today
BAL
MIN
 
1:40pm Today
TAM
BOS
 
2:10pm Today
CWS
DET
 
2:10pm Today
HOU
TEX
 
2:15pm Today
STL
CHC
 
3:35pm Today
ANA
OAK
 
4:05pm Today
SFG
MIL
 
4:10pm Today
ARI
COL
 
4:10pm Today
SDP
LOS
 
4:10pm Today
SEA
WAS
 
5:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
8:07pm Tonight
KAN
CLE
 
Final
MICH 52
APPST 14
Final
NAVY 17
OSU 34
Final
UAB 48
TROY 10
Final
UVA 20
UCLA 28
Final
PURD 43
WMICH 34
Final
NCSU 24
GASO 23
Final
UMASS 7
BC 30
Final
NW 24
CAL 31
Final
NEB 55
FATL 7
Final
UMO 27
MARS 42
Final
ND 48
RICE 17
Final
MIZZ 38
SDST 18
Final
ALA 33
WVU 23
Final
AUB 45
ARK 21
Final
STAN 45
UCD 0
Final
UGA 45
CLEM 21
Final
UNC 56
LBRTY 29
Final
KSU 14
OHIO 17
Final
OKLA 48
LATU 16
Final
KST 55
SAUST 16
Final
USC 52
FRES 13
Final
MSST 49
SMISS 0
 
Final
OKST 31
FSU 37
 
Final
TEX 38
UNT 7
Final
NMU 24
UTEP 31
8:05pm Saturday
UF 0
IDAHO 0
4th
LSU 28
WISC 24
 
2nd
OREG 35
SD 13
 
Half
HAW 10
WASH 17
 
7:00pm Tonight
TENN
UTST
7:30pm Tonight
BAY
SMU
Final
DUKE 52
ELON 13
 
Final
ECU 52
NCCU 7
 
7:05pm Saturday
NOR 4
DUR 1
 
5:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR