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Yes Jim. We all feel this way.
Syracuse was coming off a 20 point win against Cornell, one of their few blowout wins of the current season. NC State was coming off an equally bad blowout loss to Wisconsin. Syracuse should have continued their winning ways, and they did, but in a far closer fashion than they should have.

Syracuse started the game on a roll. They amassed a 13 point lead before playing an absolutely dreadful stretch to end the half, only ending up by four points. Syracuse again played poorly on offense. NC State actually managed a six point lead but then Syracuse started playing great defense the last six minutes and prevented NC State from scoring a field goal. Syracuse ended up hanging on by tough defense, a press that managed to cause some turnovers, and scoring on free throws. Syracuse hangs on 65 to 59.

Scoop was the leading scorer with 23 points, but he did it on a 7-21 shooting day. He needs to take less shots and distribute the ball more, as Boeheim and many other people noticed. However, when he sees the team in a huge scoring drought he panics. Not the best quality in a point guard.

Jackson had another solid night with 16 points and eight rebounds. He was 7-12 on the day, which is about right as he had free reign early but was double teamed and even triple teamed later.

It’s a short review as I’ve been short on time in the home office. Stay tuned for a Michigan State preview coming shortly.


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