Greensboro, NC (WSYR-TV) - Syracuse University’s first appearance in the ACC Tournament was short lived after North Carolina State defeated the Orange 66-63 in Greensboro, North Carolina on Friday.
T.J. Warren and North Carolina State got their revenge against Syracuse, with the ACC Player of the Year depositing 28 points to lead the Wolfpack to a profile-building win over the 11th-ranked Orange in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament.
Nearly a month after dropping a 56-55 heartbreaker to the then-unbeaten Orange in the Carrier Dome, a Wolfpack team squarely on the NCAA bubble enhanced their credentials and advanced to a third straight ACC semifinal behind a sound defensive effort and clutch shooting down the stretch.
Ralston Turner's 3-pointer with 2:28 remaining snapped a 59-59 tie, and N.C. State (21-12) survived a frantic sequence in the final seconds in which Syracuse missed six consecutive shots on their last possession.
Warren added eight rebounds and Jordan Vanderberg scored 10 points for the Wolfpack, who will face the winner of Friday's final quarterfinal matchup between Duke and Clemson.
Playing its first-ever conference tournament game other than the Big East, Syracuse (27-5) had its fate sealed by poor shooting.
The Orange made good on just 32.7 percent of its field goal attempts in its fifth defeat in seven outings since beginning the season 25-0.
Tyler Ennis nearly led the Orange back from a 10-point deficit in the second half, netting 15 of his 21 points after the break while dishing out seven assists. Jerami Grant finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
The Wolfpack will play the winner of Duke and Clemson. That game is scheduled to be played on Saturday at 3 p.m. on ESPN.
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