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Monday / July 24.
  • Syracuse Overcomes 16-Point Deficit at NC State For 1st Road Win of Season

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    By MIKE McCURRY

    Dennis Smith Jr. messed around and got a triple-double–his second already this season–and still wasn’t the best player on the PNC Arena floor on Wednesday.

    That distinction belongs to Syracuse grad-transfer John Gillon, who went off for 43 points–the first 40-plus point performance by an Orange player since Gerry McNamara in 2004–while leading Syracuse to a come-from-behind, 100-93 victory at NC State in overtime.

    Syracuse, 0-7 away from the Carrier Dome this year entering Wednesday, trailed 75-59 with 8:44 to play, as Smith Jr. (13 points, 11 rebounds, 15 assists) and Maverick Rowan (career-high 31 points) were having field days.

    The Orange quickly clawed back, however, as NC State reverted to its lackadaisical defensive tendencies.

    White, who made 9-of-10 from behind the arc and 14-of-14 at the charity stripe, sent the affair into overtime on a frantic end-of-game sequence usually reserved for March.

    Andrew White added 28 points for Syracuse. Tyler Lydon dropped 15 to go along with 7 rebounds.

    Don’t look now, but Syracuse has suddenly won three straight contests. The Orange have a major opportunity on Saturday when they host Virginia.

    Meantime, DSJ made some ACC history in a losing effort, as the freshman became the first player in league history to collect multiple triple-doubles in conference play in a single season.

    Photo: @Cuse_MBB

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