Syracuse's inability to get out and defend NC State's 3-point shooters is what will sting the most about their Wednesday night loss to the Wolfpack.
North Carolina State was a blistering 7-of-13 from beyond the arc in the second half (53 percent). The Wolfpack finished 10-of-23 overall (43 percent) from distance.
Continuing the tradition of "random guy who kills the Orange," Wolfpack guard Sam Hunt came off the bench to drain four of NC State's seven second-half three's. Hunt was averaging just 4.6 points per game entering Wednesday night's contest at the Carrier Dome.
Hunt's three with 2:48 to go put the Wolfpack up 70-62, but the Orange were able to rally to tie the game at 70 with 1:02 to go behind two Oshae Brissett 3-pointers and a Tyus Battle score.
The backbreaker came when North Carolina State regained a 73-70 lead on Markell Johnson's 3-pointer from the top of the key with 33.4 seconds remaining.
Brissett couldn't answer this time, missing a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left.
Wake Forest (10-of-23) and NC State (10-of-23) have combined to shoot 20-of-46 (43 percent) against Syracuse in the last two games.
In the second half alone, the Demon Deacons and Wolfpack combined to shoot 16-of-26 (61 percent) from beyond the arc.
"First half I thought we did a much better job covering the 3-point line, second half we didn’t," Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. "I thought that was really the difference in the game. Similar to the last game (Wake Forest), we covered the 3-point line pretty good in the first half and we didn’t in the second half but were able to overcome it in the last game.”
“You know I think we moved them around a lot," NC State head coach Kevin Keatts said. "When you’re playing the Syracuse zone, you have to give them different looks because they are good and they become used to one play. So we ran a lot of different plays. We wanted to get the ball down the middle, we wanted to drive it sometimes and screen the zone. We kind of moved them around and moved them through the corners.”