Syracuse Falls to the North Carolina

The Syracuse Orange lost their second straight game, this time against the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Orange lost by 10 points, but the game was much closer than the score indicated. For UNC, it's their sixth straight win and second straight home victory.

Center Rakeem Christmas recorded another double-double by posting 22 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort. Christmas exceeded many expectations with his free throw shooting, connecting on all 10 shots from the stripe.

Guard Trevor Cooney was the Syracuse high-scorer, recording 28 points in the game. Cooney connected on four shots from beyond the arc, but turned the ball over three times with only four free throw attempts. Guard Michael Gbinije also had a solid performance, recording 16 points with five assists and four rebounds.

Tyler Roberson once again saw himself start as McCollough still remains sidelined with a knee injury. Roberson had 13 points, but he was hardly a factor on the glass with only three rebounds. UNC had three players with 17 or more points in the game, as their offense was difficult to contend.

Forwards Kennedy Meeks and Brice Johnson finished the game with 17 points each. Meeks also had eight rebounds while Johnson had 11, giving him a double-double on the night. UNC severely out rebounded Syracuse 42-27 as their other three starters had four or more rebounds each.

Guard Nate Britt gave the Tar Heels light off of the bench, scoring 17 of UNC's 25 bench points. Syracuse, again, saw little bench contribution with zero bench points and seven fouls. Syracuse did win the turnover battle however, but the UNC offense and forwards were unstoppable in the second half.

Syracuse led by five at halftime, but surrendered 58 second half points. The Orange will look to get back on the winning track when they host Virginia Tech next. The game against the Hokies is scheduled for a 9 p.m. tipoff on Feb. 3.

14-7, 5-3
Overall Record
17-4, 7-1
Jim Boehiem
Head Coach
Roy Williams
T. Cooney (28)
Points Leader
M. Paige (22)
T. Roberson & M. Gbinije (5)
Assists Leader
M. Paige (8)
R. Christmas (12)
Rebound Leader
B. Johnson (11)