Griffin, Boeheim lead Syracuse rally, 76-73 over N.C. State
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP)– Alan Griffin made two clutch complimentary throws with 4 seconds remaining and Syracuse rallied previous short-handed N.C. State 76-73 on Sunday night.
Griffin scored 19 points, Pal Boeheim added 17 and the pair combined for seven 3-pointers. Kadary Richmond included 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including a pair of baskets in the last 5 minutes.
Richmond struck a tie-breaking jumper at the 5:02 mark as Syracuse (10-5, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) proceeded 67-65 for a lead it would not give up. Boeheim followed with a 3 on a help from Griffin.
Marek Dolezaj included 11 points and Quincy Guerrier 10 points and 10 rebounds.
N.C. State (7-6, 3-5) was playing without scoring leader Devon Daniels (16.5 ppg), who tore his ACL on Wednesday, and D.J. Funderburk (11.9 ppg), who did not wear for what the school called “university policies.”
Jericole Hellems scored a game-high 24 points, 14 after halftime, with 9 rebounds for N.C. State. Manny Bates added 17 with 14 rebounds and Braxton Beverly 11 points.
Thomas Allen, fouled on a 3-point effort, made all three complimentary tosses with 6 seconds left, cutting the space to 74-73. After Griffin’s two totally free throws pushed the Syracuse cause 3 a couple of seconds later, N.C. State missed on a last-second 3-pointer.
In spite of playing short-handed, the Wolfpack built a 47-38 halftime lead with Bates scoring 12 on 5-for-5 shooting, Hellems adding 10 and Beverly nine on 3-for-4 shooting from range.
Syracuse roared into 58-56 lead midway through the second half after starting the period on a 20-9 run
After near 72-70 on a Hellems free toss, N.C. State fouled 5 times to get the Orange to the line by the 17-second mark. Dolezaj and Griffin closed the scoring with four straight complimentary tosses.
The Wolfpack play host to No. 8 Virginia on Wednesday, a game delayed from Jan. 20 by COVID-19 concerns. Syracuse plays host to No. 25 Louisville on Wednesday.
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