SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) –
For the second time in three games, Syracuse held a late lead, only to see it slip away and lose at home to North Carolina, 72-68.
Playing at 1:23, Joe Girard’s three-pointer gave Syracuse a 68-66 lead. Pete Nance would regain the lead for the Tar Heels 69-68, scoring his own missed free throw with 19 seconds remaining. SU freshman Judah Mintz has been called out on a next possession charge. Mintz also received a flagrant foul. Caleb Love made three free throws in the last 12 seconds, sealing the win for UNC.
Joe Girard advanced SU with 18 points, five assists and four rebounds. Judah Mintz added 17 points and 3 steals. Chris Bell finished the game 3-5 behind the arc, scoring 15 points in 36 minutes.
Pete Nance and Armando Bacot combined for 39 points for the Tar Heels.
SU out recovered UNC 35-30. The ‘Cuse shot almost 51% from the floor (29-57) and held North Carolina at under 45% (26-58) from the field. North Carolina finished the night 14-23 from the free throw line, Syracuse was only 2-3 at the charity strip.
Syracuse falls to 13-8 overall (6-4 in the ACC). North Carolina improves to 15-6 overall (7-3 in ACC). The Tar Heels have won 16 of the 21 encounters against the Orange.
SU returns to action Saturday at Virginia Tech. There will be a 7:00 p.m. tip from Blacksburg, VA and you can watch the game on the ACC Network.