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No. 7 North Carolina Dominates Syracuse 103-67 in Chapel Hill

Coming into today’s game against number seven North Carolina, there was no question that the Tar Hills were more talented than the orange, but one thing Syracuse could have done was play with more effort, intensity, dive on the floor for loose balls, to make this a game. But it wasn’t, in a 103-67 loss, the Orange followed a two and three in the ACC right here in the Dean Dome and after the game, Adrien Autry was asked you know, why such a lopsided score, and his answer was pretty simple.

“They were tougher than us, they went after it, um again you talk about that you know we all know what Bacot can do and Ingram can do and I mean again between those two, they had 21 rebounds you know. So that’s what they do. We just didn’t do a good job of keeping bodies on them, we just didn’t do a good job at all defensively, that’s the bottom line, and we didn’t do a good job in any aspect. ”

“They scored in two areas, a number of areas, but their top two is off of steals and then getting to the free throw line. So in the first half, I think they scored 30 points, 19 of them were off of free throws and off of our turnovers, okay, and so that’s something going into the game that we identified and something that we had to do well. We had to take care of the basketball and we had to defend them and not foul them into the free throw line.”

Syracuse now 0 and seven all-time in Chapel Hill whereas the Orange have won in historic ACC venues in Durham and Charlottesville has never gotten that elusive victory in the Dean Dome. The next chance for an ACC win to get back to 500 is on Tuesday in Pittsburgh, against the Panthers, a team Syracuse beat just a few weeks ago. That’s all for now, reporting in Chapel Hill, Ethan Frank, Citrus TV.