Boeheim Leads SU Past UNC Into Match Vs Virginia
GREENSBORO, N.C. - 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 on Wednesday afternoon at Greensboro Coliseum. The Orange advance to face top-seeded Virginia in the quarterfinals Thursday at noon.
HOW THE GAME WAS DECIDED
The Orange 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, 2019. 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).
FROM COACH BOEHEIM
"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."
ORANGE OPEN STRONG
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 Orange 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.
SYRACUSE SEALS IT IN THE SECOND
The Orange 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.
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 Orange 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. Braswell tallied eight of his 11 points during the stretch to help secure the Syracuse victory, 89-68.
The Orange made 56.7 of their attempts from the field (34-of-60) while the Wolfpack made 36.2 percent of their shots.(21-of-58)
Syracuse edged NC State in the rebounding battle, 33-31.
The Orange outscored NC State in points off turnovers (14-8), bench points (17-15), and points in the paint (32-24).
Syracuse tallied 19 assists to NC State's 11.
Buddy Boeheim secured his 20th career 20+ point game during the contest. He also passed Leo Rautins (1,031 points) and Rakeem Christmas (1,046 points) to move into 62nd place on the program career scoring list. Boeheim's career scoring total now sits at 1,054 points.
Boeheim also became the seventh player in program history to make 200 3-point field goals upon draining his fourth triple on the contest at the 6:33 mark of the first half. His third 3-point make of the contest allowed him to pass Syracuse legend Lawrence Moten (197 3-pointers) for seventh place in program history for 3-point field goals made.
Boeheim tallied 10 field goal makes during the contest, tying his previous career standard set at Virginia Tech last season and at home against Notre Dame this year. He also tied his season high for 3-point field goals with six, a mark he had previously reached in the Carrier Dome against Notre Dame and North Carolina.
Jesse Edwards matched his career high with eight rebounds, marking his third eight-rebound performance in the past four games. The sophomore previously reached the mark at Georgia Tech and at home against North Carolina.
Robert Braswell matched the career high that he set versus Pittsburgh on January 6 with four made field goals.
The Orange face off against ACC regular season champion Virginia in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals. Tip off from Greensboro Coliseum is set for noon and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN. The teams previously met on January 25 in Charlottesville, where the Cavaliers emerged victorious, 81-58.