Despite a late comeback and 17 points from senior Michael Gbinije, the Syracuse dropped at #8 North Carolina 75-70 last night. Malachi Richardson had 10 points, Trevor Cooney had 14, and Tyler Lydon dropped in 12 points and 6 points off the bench. Despite playing well in the first half, UNC’s depth was to much to overcome. Carolina had five players in double digits scoring wise, with four of them coming off the bench. ACC Player of the Year candidate Brice Johnson had 14 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double on his senior night. Marcus Paige led the Heels with eight assists. For Syracuse, Gbinije led the team in scoring and assists (7), while Tyler Roberson busted out of his recent slump with 11 rebounds to go with nine points. Syracuse trailed by as many as 13 in the second half, but made a strong comeback, and Gbinije’s three with 2:28 to play cut the Tar Heels lead to just one. With under a minute to play, Gbinije missed a layup that could of cut the lead to one again. UNC made free throws late, and hung on for the victory. Syracuse shot a dismal 25% from three point range, and 41% from the field. UNC wasn’t better from three, shooting 24%.
The Cuse drop to 19-10 and 9-8 in the ACC. Their final regular season game is at Florida State on Saturday. This game becomes almost a must-win if Syracuse wants to make the NCAA Tournament.