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North Carolina Edges Syracuse, 72-68

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North Carolina (15-6, 7-3) scored the game’s final six points to turn away a strong Syracuse (13-8, 6-4), 72-68, in front of the 20,761 in the JMA Wireless Dome on Tuesday night.

Joseph Girard III, who had given the Orange a 68-66 lead on a 3-pointer with 1:23 left, finished with a squad-best 18 points. Judah Mintz (17 points) and Chris Bell (15 points) rounded out the Orange performers in double-digits. Jesse Edwards accumulated eight points, seven rebounds and five blocks before foulling out. 



In the final 21 seconds of action, North Carolina made 3-of-5 shots at the foul line with a layup by Pete Nance in between. Mintz committed a flagrant one-foul, sending Caleb Love to the line in the final 10 seconds of action.  Love connected on three of four shots to secure the Orange loss.


Both squads connected four three-pointers in the opening frame. Caleb Love (3-for-3) and Girard (2-for-2)  each shot 100% from beyond the arc.


In addition to Girard, two other Orange performers made three-point field goals in the first 20 minutes. Halfway through the opening frame, Chris Bell used his first 3-pointer of the night to slice the Tar Heel’s advantage to three points, 24-21. Later on with 2:06 remaining in the opening frame, Mintz connected on his first shot from beyond the arc. Mintz’s three-pointer closed the Orange deficit to two points,…

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