Syracuse setback- Orange falls on road at Wake Forest
It's just the way it goes in the ACC.
If any fan was wondering why 7-6 Wake Forest was favored over 12-2 Syracuse, this is why.
The Demon Deacons beat the Orange 73-67 in Winston-Salem, NC on Wednesday night. It's the first ACC loss of the season for Syracuse.
From the start, the Orange looked out of sorts committing rather uncharacteristic turnovers. Eventually Syracuse righted the ship and captured a 3-point halftime lead.
Eventually though, an Orange team that prides itself on defense and rebounding was slipping in those areas.
The Demon Deacons outrebounded Syracuse 38-28, which is wildly out of the ordinary for an Orange team that typically outrebounds its opponents by ten.
Defensively, a stretch in the second half saw Wake make three 3-pointers from the same corner spot on the floor that turned a five point Orange advantage into a Wake lead that was never quite squandered.
"We won't let it happen again" Frank Howard said after the game of Syracuse's defensive lapses.
Howard, for his part, drilled a career high five three-pointers en route to a game high 23 points.
Oshae Brissett scored 16 points while a foul-plagued Tyus Battle netted 13.
Syracuse is back in action Saturday when it hosts Notre Dame at 3:15 p.m. The Irish beat NC State 88-58 on Wednesday without star Bonzi Colson.