N.C. State vs. Syracuse Basketball: Orange Defense Steps Up to Down Wolfpack

Allen LoppCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2010

The N.C. State Wolfpack traveled to the Carrier Dome in New York to take on the seventh-ranked Syracuse Orange.

The Wolfpack looked destined to upset the Orange, but the Syracuse defense stepped up in the final minutes to defeat the Wolfpack 65-59.

The Wolfpack didn't score in the last seven minutes and 20 seconds, and they still only lost by six points to the Orange.

Scott Wood was the leading scorer for N.C. State, as he had 18 points, all on three-pointers, along with eight rebounds and two assists.

C.J. Leslie also stepped up after having a terrible game at Wisconsin and being benched for being selfish. He finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

N.C. State's defense was much improved after a terrible game at Wisconsin, as Syracuse only shot 38.3 percent from the field.

Scoop Jardine was the leading scorer for the Orange. He had 23 points along with six rebounds and six assists.

The freshman sensation Fab Melo played only 14 minutes, and scored five points along with three rebounds.

The Wolfpack played a much better game against the seventh-ranked Syracuse than against an unranked but still very solid Wisconsin team.

This game told me lot about this young N.C. State Wolfpack team—that even after they played a downright awful game against a solid Wisconsin team, they didn't hang their heads and give into a tough Syracuse team.

They have been without veteran presence Tracy Smith for a while now, and when he returns they will be a much better team.