NCS Overcomes Girard's Record 30-Pt Effort
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Eleven three pointers for North Carolina State (16-8, 7-6 ACC) spoiled Joseph Girard III's career night, as the Wolfpack outlasted Syracuse (14-10, 7-6 ACC), 79-74, Tuesday evening in the Carrier Dome. Girard set a Syracuse Dome record for points by a freshman (30). Classmate Quincy Guerrier also posted a career-high 16 points and his second double-double of the season with 10 boards. INJURY SIDELINES HUGHES After just 2:33 of action, Orange leading scorer Elijah Hughes was sidelined with an injury and did not return. The redshirt junior entered the game ranked fifth nationally in average minutes played (38.17) and as the second-leading scorer in the ACC (19.4 ppg.). EARLY WOLFPACK ATTACK An 8-0 scoring run put the visiting Wolfpack ahead of the Orange, 12-7, 7:34 into the contest and forced oCach Jim Boeheim to call an early timeout. Syracuse converted only two of its first 13 attempts from the field, while NC State knocked down four of its first nine field goals. It was a defensive tilt in the early-going, as the Orange came up with four steals, but turned the ball over four times in the first 10 minutes. GIRARD AND GUERRIER GET GOING Trailing 20-11, 'Cuse cut the deficit to two points thanks to buckets from Guerrier and Marek Dolezaj, as well as a successful 3-point play from Girard. NC State redshirt senior C.J. Bryce hit a shot from beyond the arc on the next possession, but Girard answered with a 3-ball and a 2-point jumper, giving him 12 points and tying the score at 23 with 6:40 remaining in the first half. A layup from Bourama Sidibe and a made free throw by Guerrier capped the Orange run at 8-0, before Wolfpack graduate student Pat Andree drilled a 3-pointer to even the score at 26. NC State went to the intermission with a 39-35 advantage, paced by 12 points and three 3-pointers from Bryce. Twenty-three of Syracuse's 35 points came from Girard and Guerrier, who finished the opening half with 14 and nine, respectively. FEED THE FRESHMEN Six points for Guerrier and five for Girard in the first 3:39 of the second half erased the four-point halftime deficit and leveled the score at 46. Classmate Jesse Edwards checked in after four minutes of play, following Sidibe's fourth foul. His layup with 10:37 to go in regulation gave Syracuse a 58-56 lead. Two free throws from Girard increased the Orange cushion to six and gave him a new career-high of 26 points. NC State redshirt junior Devon Daniels responded with seven consecutive points for his squad, giving the Wolfpack a 69-68 edge with 4:25 remaining in regulation and setting up another tight finish. PACK PULL AWAY LATE Senior Markell Johnson and Bryce hit two of NC State's 11 3-balls to push the Pack's advantage to 77-70 with 2:35 on the clock. A pair of Girard free throws brought 'Cuse back to within four, but the visitors hung on for their seventh ACC win of the 2019-20 campaign. NOTABLE NUMBERS
Boeheim eclipsed 600 points for his Syracuse career with a 3-pointer 18 seconds into the contest. Dolezaj also reached the milestone with a layup with 3:05 to play in the opening half.Girard's 30 points set a new Dome record for points by a 'Cuse freshman and tied Dwayne "Pearl" Washington for second most points by a freshman in program history. The only 'Cuse freshman with more points was Carmelo Anthony, who finished with 33 on April 5, 2003 in the Final Four against Texas.The Wolfpack finished with 11 shots made from the perimeter, compared to a season-low three from Syracuse. C.J. Bryce accounted for four of those makes and Devon Daniels paced NC State with 23 points.Edwards gave the Orange 13 minutes, the most he's played since a 14-minute effort against Bucknell on November 23. He recorded three points and four rebounds. Saturday's hero, Brycen Goodine, snatched a career-high three boards.Guerrier's 10 rebounds tied his career high. Syracuse won the battle on the glass, 37-32, including 14 offensive boards.The Orange swiped the ball from Wolfpack 11 times and forced 19 turnovers by the opposition.UP NEXT The Orange hit the road for two straight games against top-10 teams, beginning with #8 Florida State on Saturday, February 15. The game is tips off at noon and will be televised on ESPN2. Syracuse next Dome game is on Saturday, February 22, to take on Georgia Tech. Tickets for all regular-season home games are on sale now online (Cuse.com/tickets), by phone (888-DOME-TIX) and at the Dome Box Office located in the Ensley Athletic Center. For complete coverage of Syracuse men's basketball, follow us on Twitter (@Cuse_MBB), Instagram (cuse_mbb) and like us on Facebook (SyracuseOrange).