Number 7 ranked in the Nation Syracuse Orange beat North Carolina State Decemeber 4th 2010
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Five made free throws in the last 2:08 of regulation lifted #8/7 Syracuse to its eighth consecutive win, 65-59, against North Carolina State on Saturday. Junior guard Scoop Jardine led the Orange with 23 points and six assists.
Senior forward Rick Jackson had an all-around solid performance, finishing with 16 points, eight rebounds and four steals.
The Orange jumped out to an early 14-8 lead on the Wolfpack through the first 4:17 minutes of play, courtesy of five points by freshman center Fab Melo and four by Jackson.
Syracuse used a 10-3 scoring spurt to take its largest lead of the half, 31-18, but the Wolfpack answered, using a 12-1 run to pull within a field goal, 32-30, with 5:25 remaining in the half. The Orange maintained its advantage through the break to go into the half with a 38-34 lead.
The Wolkpack went on an 8-0 run to take the lead, 42-38, less than three minutes into the second half. N.C. State led by as much as six points before SU went on a 10-3 run and regained the lead, 57-56, with 7:36 to play. The next minute and a half featured three lead changes and the Orange held a 60-58 advantage. The next four minutes passed with just one free throw netted by N.C. State.
A free throw with 43 seconds remaining by Joseph put Syracuse up three and Brandon Triche’s shot from the charity stripe increased the Orange lead to 63-59 with 17 seconds on the clock. Freshman Dion Waiters sank a pair of free throws to produce the final score of 65-59.
Syracuse’s transition game proved to be the difference in the game as the Orange converted N.C. State’s 19 turnovers into 28 points. SU committed just five turnovers, which is its fewest since a matchup with Notre Dame during the 2005-06 season.
The Orange will travel to New York, N.Y. to take on No. 6 Michigan State in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, December 7. Fans can watch the Orange against the Spartans on ESPN and tune into the Syracuse ISP Sports Network for a live broadcast of the matchup. Tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, or through Ticketmaster (866-448-7849).