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Daniels keys second-half surge to lead NC State by Syracuse

Daniels keys second-half surge to lead NC State by Syracuse

MARK FRANK, AP
Created: February 11, 2020 10:33 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Devon Daniels scored 23 points, including seven straight in the second half, C.J. Bryce added 19 and North Carolina State defeated shorthanded Syracuse 79-74 on Tuesday night.

Syracuse played all but three minutes without leading scorer Elijah Hughes, who suffered a lower body injury during pre-game warmups. He went out with 17:27 remaining in the first half and did not return. 

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The Wolfpack (16-8, 7-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) hit 25 of 48 from the field and 11 of 25 from beyond the arc, including 5 of 11 from 3 in the second half.

Freshman Joe Girard scored a career-high 30 points for Syracuse (14-10, 7-6). Quincy Guerrier also registered a career-best 16 points and his second double-double with 10 rebounds.

Buddy Boeheim and Girard, who took the Orange's only 3s, were a combined 3 of 18. For the game, the Orange hit just 39% from the field.

The Orange had its biggest lead of the game at 68-62 on two foul shots by Girard but Daniels scored the next seven points, giving the Wolfpack a 69-68 lead with 4:26 remaining. The Wolfpack extended it to a 77-70 margin on a 3 by Bryce with 2:34 remaining. Syracuse got within four on two foul shots by Girard with 1:37 to go.

In a first half of runs, the Wolfpack scored the final five points to take a 39-35 lead at the break. NC State was hot from 3 in the first half, going 6 of 14, and 13 of 25 overall. Bryce was 3 for 4 from deep. The Wolfpack turned the ball over 10 times in the first half, one below its average.

BIG PICTURE

NC State: The Wolfpack got the big win it needed but still has a tough road ahead with two games against Duke and one against Florida State.

Syracuse: The Orange must defeat both Florida State and Louisville, both on the road, if the team has any hope of making the NCAA Tournament.

UP NEXT

NC State concludes a three-game road trip Sunday against Boston College. 

Syracuse begins a crucial two-game road swing Saturday against No. 8 Florida State.


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