Well that was quick. After a week of anticipation for SU’s ACC Tournament debut, the Orange bow out after just 40 minutes of lackadaisical action against NC State. The Wolfpack win 66-63 to keep their slim NCAA Tournament hopes alive, while the Cuse head back to Central New York to lick their wounds and await their seed on Selection Sunday.
Once again the offensive numbers are disastrous for Syracuse, specifically in the first half. C.J. Fair is 2-12 from the field. The team as a whole is 7-27. Jerami Grant makes 3 shots, the rest of the team makes 4. NC State holds a 28-25 lead despite not playing well themselves.
State leads most of the second half as well, although the Orange are able to briefly take a 59-57 lead with about 3 and a half minutes remaining. A banked 3-pointer from Ralston Turner just a minute later, however, gives NC State a lead they never relinquish. A frantic final possession for the Cuse sees them go 0-6, including 0-4 from downtown, and ultimately SU is one and done in Greensboro.
NC State now plays the winner of the Duke-Clemson game tomorrow at 3:30. Syracuse has a couple days of unwanted rest before they find out how far their 5 losses in 7 games down the stretch hurt their NCAA Tournament seeding.