A 27-point performance from Buddy Boeheim led Syracuse (16-8) to an 89-68 victory against NC State (13-10) in the second round of the ACC Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. The Orange advance to face top-seeded Virginia in the quarterfinals Thursday at noon.
The Orangemen emphatically opened the second half with 10 unanswered points on a trio of 3-pointers from Quincy Guerrier, Alan Griffin, and Joseph Girard III, as well as a free-throw make from Girard III. The Syracuse lead never fell below 12 for the remainder of the contest as the Orange secured a 21-point victory, 89-68.
Boeheim’s 27 points were one shy of the program record for points in an ACC Tournament game behind Frank Howard’s 28-point effort versus Duke on March 14, Boeheim was joined in double figures by Girard III (14 points), Griffin (12 points), Guerrier (12 points), and Robert Braswell (11 points). Griffin also tied Boeheim for the team-lead in assists (5) and tied with Jesse Edwards for the team-lead in rebounds (8).
“We really moved the ball well to start the second half” said Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim. “Our defense also played really well to start the second half. We got
some stops and they couldn’t stop us. It was a really good offensive game. One of our best all year.”
The teams scored five points apiece during the first two minutes of the contest before Guerrier tallied five of the next eight Orange points to give Syracuse a 10-9
advantage with four minutes gone.
Down 12-11 after a Wolfpack basket by Manny Bates, the Orangemen rattled off a 12-1 scoring run that was kick-started by five-straight points from Girard III. The surge
provided Syracuse with a 10-point lead, 22-12, with 12 minutes left in the half.
Boeheim capped the Orange scoring stretch with a 3-pointer that incited a two-minute period in which he scored Syracuse’s next nine points, all on three triples. The
Wolfpack answered back with six-straight points to cut the Orange lead to five, but a jumper from Marek Dolezaj made the Orange advantage 30-23 with eight minutes
to play in the opening frame.
Syracuse scored seven unanswered points, five of which came from Boeheim, over a two-minute stretch to claim a 37-25 lead with 4:41 left on the clock. The Wolfpack
outscored the Orange 13-6 over the remainder of the half to cut the Syracuse lead to five, 43-38, at the break.
The Orangemen offense erupted out of the gate to start the second stanza. Syracuse scored the first 10 points of the half, four of which came from Girard III, to take a 15-
point lead, 53-38. Dereon Seabron secured a three-point play to put the Wolfpack on the board, but Boeheim answered back quickly by making his fifth 3-point attempt
of the game through contact. He converted at the line to increase the Orange cushion to 16, 57-41, with four minutes gone in the half.
Jim Boeheim postgame vs. NC State Each side tallied 11 points over the ensuing seven minutes before the Orange extended their advantage to 18 with an emphatic Slovakian slam from Dolezaj. The dunk made the score 70-52 with 9:22 left on the clock.
The Orangemen edged the Wolfpack 19-16 over the final nine minutes of the game. The ‘Cuse increased their lead to as many as 24 points down the stretch. Braswel tallied eight of his 11 points during the stretch to help secure the Syracuse victory, 89-68.