College basketball roundup: Early second-half Syracuse spurt dooms NC State at home

Gardner-Webb and Western Carolina picked up wins

Coach Kevin Keatts and NC State lost their third straight with an 89-82 defeat Wednesday to Syracuse in Raleigh. (Robert Franklin / AP Photo)

RALEIGH — Jesse Edwards and Cole Swider scored 19 points apiece and Syracuse scored the last six points of the game to top NC State 89-82 on Wednesday night.

The Wolfpack pulled within 83-82 on a pair of Dereon Seabron free throws but Syracuse quickly answered with a Swider 3-pointer from the left wing. NC State missed its next five shots, and though the Orange missed its last seven from the floor, Syracuse saved itself going 3 of 4 from the foul line in the last three minutes.

Joseph Girard III scored 18 points for the Orange (11-11, 5-6 ACC) while Buddy Boeheim added 17 and Jimmy Boeheim 16. Three reserves combined to play 20 minutes and didn’t score.

Terquavion Smith hit seven 3-pointers and scored 25 points for the Wolfpack (10-13, 3-9) and Seabron had 17. Jaylon Gibson scored a career-high 14 points filling in for Ebenezer Dowuona, and Thomas Allen added 11.

NC State hit 10 of 20 3-pointers in the first half and led 45-42 at the half. Casey Morsell promptly hit the 11th to start the second half, but Syracuse then went on a run, making its first 11 shots of the second half, four of them 3-pointers.

Edwards had a dunk to start an 11-0 run, Jimmy Boeheim scored five points in a 9-0 run and Girard’s 3 made it 66-55 with 13:15 left. NC State then made six straight shots pulling within 70-68 on an Allen 3.

But Syracuse never cooled off, making 17 of 23 in the second half (74%), including 7 of 9 3-pointers (78%).

A 3-pointer by Smith that put NC State on top 20-18 in the middle of the first half started a string where the Wolfpack put up eight-straight 3-pointers. They made five with Smith’s shot completing the run for a 32-25 lead.

Syracuse finished at 59%, making 11 of 19 3-pointers (58%). NC State was 16 of 39 behind the arc (41%) and shot 43% overall, making just 2 of its last 11 shots.

Gardner-Webb 65, High Point 59

HIGH POINT — Kareem Reid scored 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting to lead Gardner-Webb to a 65-59 victory over High Point on Wednesday night.

Ludovic Dufeal finished with 10 points and five rebounds for the Runnin’ Bulldogs (12-10, 6-3 Big South Conference), who have won three straight.

John-Michael Wright had 23 points to pace the Panthers (9-13, 3-5). Jaden House scored 14.

Western Carolina 87, East Tennessee State 84

CULLOWHEE — Western Carolina erased a 13-point first-half decifit and took its first lead with 33 seconds left on a Nicholas Robinson jumper to beat East Tennessee State 87-84 on Wednesday.

Robinson smashed his career high with 37 points on 13-of-23 shooting, including making 5 of 12 3-point attempts, and he had a team highs with 11 rebounds and six assists for the Catamounts. Cam Bacote added 21 points and Marcus Banks had 15 for WCU, which improved to 9-14 overall, 3-7 in the Southern Conference.

Jordan King had 32 points but missed a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer in the losing effort for the Buccaneers. Three others, led by Ledarrius Brewer’s 18 points, scored in double figures for East Tennessee State (12-12, 4-7 SoCon).

VMI 76, UNC Greensboro 65

GREENSBORO — Kamdyn Curfman scored 18 points and Trey Bonham added 17 as VMI got past UNC Greensboro 76-65 on Wednesday night.

Bonham added seven assists and six rebounds for the Keydets (13-10, 6-5 Southern Conference). KeJake Stephens chipped in with 15 points, four assists and three blocks. Honor Huff had 14 points.

Keyshaun Langley had 19 points for the Spartans (12-10, 4-6). Kobe Langley added 12 points.

The Keydets leveled the season series against the Spartans. UNC Greensboro defeated VMI 72-56 on Jan. 8.

Longwood 56, UNC Asheville 48

ASHEVILLE — DeShaun Wade scored 17 points and Longwood stretched its winning streak to nine games with a 56-48 victory over UNC Asheville on Wednesday night.

Wade made 4 of 6 from 3-point range for the Lancers (16-5, 8-0 Big South Conference). Zac Watson had 12 points. Isaiah Wilkins had eight rebounds.

Both teams set season lows for scoring during the game. Longwood scored 22 second-half points, the lowest of the season for the visitors, while the 15 points in the first half for UNC Asheville marked the fewest of the season for the hosts.

Coty Jude had 14 points for the Bulldogs (12-10, 4-5). Drew Pember had four blocks.

Temple 71, East Carolina 63

GREENVILLE — Damian Dunn had 26 points as Temple beat East Carolina 71-63 on Wednesday night.

Dunn shot 13 for 15 from the line.

Jeremiah Williams had 14 points and six assists for Temple (12-7, 5-3 American Athletic Conference). Jahlil White added 7 points and 10 rebounds.

Tristen Newton had 22 points for the Pirates (11-10, 2-7), whose losing streak stretched to five games. Vance Jackson added 18 points and seven rebounds. Tremont Robinson-White had 10 points.

The Owls improve to 2-0 against the Pirates this season. Temple defeated East Carolina 78-75 on Jan. 8.

Presbyterian 64, Campbell 58

CLINTON, S.C. — Rayshon Harrison had 16 points as Presbyterian got past Campbell 64-58 on Wednesday night.

Trevon Reddish-Rhone had 12 points and six rebounds for Presbyterian (10-13, 2-6 Big South Conference), which snapped its four-game home losing streak. Winston Hill added 10 rebounds.

Cedric Henderson Jr. tied a season high with 21 points and had seven rebounds for the Fighting Camels (12-8, 5-4). Ricky Clemons added 15 points.

Jordan Whitfield, who was second on the Fighting Camels in scoring coming into the contest with 12 points per game, shot only 14% for the game (1 of 7).