Recap: Syracuse vs. Wake Forest

Syracuse, NY ( - Led by a career-high 35 points from Rakeem Christmas, the Syracuse Orange outlasted the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in overtime, 86-83, in an Atlantic Coast Conference thriller at the Carrier Dome.


For the Orange (13-4, 4-0 ACC), Trevor Cooney added 21 points, Michael Gbinije finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists and Tyler Roberson grabbed 10 rebounds.


Dinos Mitoglou led the Demon Deacons (9-9, 1-4) with 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the floor, while Codi Miller-McIntyre scored 21, pulled down six rebounds and dished out six assists. Devin Thomas posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out.


Wake Forest finished the first half on a 7-3 run, capped by a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Miller-McIntyre, as the Demon Deacons took the slimmest of leads into intermission, 37-36. They shot 43.8 percent from the field in the half, but only 3-of-12 from 3-point distance. Syracuse shot a similar 42.9 percent from the field but that included a more efficient 3-of-5 from beyond the arc.


With Wake Forest holding a four-point lead with just under four minutes to play in regulation, Syracuse ran off six straight points to take a 67-65 advantage just a minute later. The Orange still clung to a three-point advantage when Cornelius Hudson knocked down a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left to knot the score at 71-71 and send the meeting to overtime.


After the squads traded leads early in the bonus session, Syracuse moved out to an 85-80 lead with nine seconds to play before Miller-McIntire drained a 3- pointer just four seconds later. Cooney made 1-of-2 free throws to give the Orange a 86-83 lead with three seconds to play. Hudson's half-court shot at the buzzer caught iron but rattled out, allowing the Orange to escape with the victory.


In a game that featured nine ties and 14 lead changes, the Orange were able to capitalize on miscues by the Demon Deacons, converting 13 Wake Forest turnovers into 18 points.



Original Document:
Display Section: 
Event ID:

More Stories: