Theo Pinson scored a career-high 23 points, Berry added 18, including the tiebreaking layup with 1:36 left, and the No. 10 Tar Heels held off the Orange 78-74 on Wednesday night.
Syracuse had trailed almost the entire game until a late eight-point run knotted the score. Tyus Battle scored six of the points, his jumper with 3:05 to go tying it at 74.
The Syracuse Orange (18-9, 7-7) could use a high-quality win to really round out the NCAA Tournament resume. That’s not going to be so simple against a strong squad like the North Carolina Tar Heels (21-7, 10-5), but crazier things have happened. However, SU also hasn’t beaten UNC since 2014
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Guy made five 3-pointers and scored 22 points to help the Cavaliers beat the Orange 68-61 on Tuesday night.
”It’s about time,” the sophomore said after reaching his 15-point average for the first time in four games.
The Cavaliers’ top scorer said his confidence never wavered during the slump, and he earned some ribbing from teammates.
”They make fun of me because I keep shooting whether it goes in or not,” he said.
Frank Howard scored 18 points to lead the Orange (12-5, 1-3). Oshae Brissett added 16 points and Paschal Chukwu scored nine points and grabbed 16 rebounds, but the Orange shot under 40 percent against the nation’s top scoring defense and managed just three assists on 23 baskets. Syracuse finished 6 for 21 from 3-point territory and was just 2 of 12 after halftime, in one stretch missing nine straight.
The Virginia Cavaliers get back on the road Saturday, facing the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome. This may be the toughest game remaining for Tony Bennett’s squad. Sure, according to KenPom, road games at Florida State and Miami are slightly less probable wins, but the Hoos have struggled against the Orange, at least in recent history. And the Carrier Dome isn’t an easy place to play.
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Tournament Appearances: 20
Final Fours: 1
Tournament Appearances: 38
Final Fours: 6
Championships: 1 (2003)
The game turned in the first half. Syracuse led 22-21 with just under nine minutes left in the first half when starting center Rick Jackson picked up his third personal foul. Jackson was starting at center for just the second time all season because Arinze Onuaku had suffered a knee injury in a Big East tournament loss to Georgetown.
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The Syracuse Orange (1-0) will take on the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (0-1) in the second game of the 2017 football season this Saturday. Everything starts around 3:30 p.m. ET at the Carrier Dome, and you can stream all the action on ACC Network Extra if you’re not in attendance.
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