The Syracuse Orange traveled down to Raleigh to face off against the NC State Wolfpack in a shootout on Wednesday night. The game was close throughout sans an early second half run by NC State, but Syracuse played gritty down the stretch to force overtime. Ultimately Syracuse won 100-93 in extra time and earned its first road victory of the season.
Both teams came out firing on the offensive end to start the game. Syracuse did a good job of making shots — many of them contested — but gave up too much on the defensive end, including 18 points to Maverick Rowan. The fifth-year seniors led the way for Syracuse with 27 combined points and the Orange took a 44-41 lead into the break.
The second half turned nightmarish on Syracuse quick as it allowed NC State to go on 27-11 run. It was mostly tough sledding for the Orange but it cut the NC State lead to one late after John Gillon made three straight three-pointers. Trailing by two with one minute left, Gillon drew a foul and calmly knocked down two from the line to tie the game. Rowan made a late three but Gillon responded with less than two seconds left with a fade-away three to tie the game and send it into overtime.
Andrew White took over in extra time by scoring the first nine points for Syracuse on a lay-up, three, two free throws and another lay-up. Gillon finished things off with four made free throws in the final stretch.
The fifth-year senior tied a Syracuse record for made threes in a single game. He now shares that honor with Gerry McNamara, Andy Rautins, James Southerland and Trevor Cooney.
Dennis Smith Jr. finished the game with a triple-double with 13 points, 15 assists and 11 rebounds for NC State.
Gillon led the way for Syracuse with 43 (!) points and 9 assists. Andrew White finished with 28 points while Tyler Lydon had 15 points and 7 rebounds. The Syracuse bench combined for 0 points, 5 rebounds and 2 turnovers.
Syracuse now moves to 14-9 and 6-4 in the conference. The Orange now return home to take on Virginia on Saturday. The Elite Eight rematch tips off at noon from the Carrier Dome and will air on ESPN2.