It seems like the Signing Day excitement has calmed down a bit so it's a perfect day to travel back to February 3, 2001.
This was the day the #12 Syracuse Orange traveled to Raleigh, NC to take on the unranked North Carolina State Wolfpack. Syracuse was down by nine with under 4 minutes to go and the Wolfpack had two shots to win but could not convert. SU pulled it out and squeaked by in this non-conference battle 54-53 in front of 16,494 fans.
Syracuse improved to 18-3 while NC State fell to 10-10.
Leading the way for SU was Preston Shumpert as he poured in 25 and grabbed 9 rebounds. Damone Brown finished with 12 points and 12 boards. Allen Griffin had a solid game with 8 points, 8 assists, and 4 steals. Other highlights for 'Cuse included Jeremy McNeil with 4 rebounds and DeShaun Williams with 6 points and 4 assists.
Anyone remember James Thues (always wondered about that spelling)? He played two minutes coming off the bench. This was another pretty talented team with Shumpert leading the way! It's all about the Orange!