Syracuse’s road woes continue, as the Orange (11-8, 3-3) fell to No.9 North Carolina (17-3, 5-1), 85-68, in Chapel Hill on Monday night. The win for North Carolina marked Roy Williams' 800th career victory.
Tyler Lydon provided 26 points on 11-of-14 (3-of-5 from three) shooting, while Andrew White III finished with 15. Syracuse fell to 11-8, 3-3 in conference play. North Carolina improved to 17-3, 5-1 in the ACC.
The Orange was outmatched against a bigger, better rebounding Tar Heels team. While Syracuse looked good in spurts, it wasn’t enough to contain North Carolina’s skilled frontcourt. Forwards Kennedy Meeks and Isaiah Hicks combined for 35 points and 20 rebounds for the Tar Heels. North Carolina dominated the boards all game and finished with 39 boards – 17 of which were offensive rebounds that turned into 20 second-chance points.
North Carolina started off strong, building to a 12-2 edge over the Orange. Tyler Roberson provided much-needed energy off the bench while Syracuse answered North Carolina’s run. He notched six points and grabbed two rebounds during the Orange’s 12-2 run to pull the Orange within two.
After North Carolina built a comfortable 42-30 lead in the first half, Syracuse didn’t allow the Tar Heels to increase its lead after the break. The Orange went on an impressive 12-0 run to cut a 12-point deficit, capped by Tyus Battle’s (13 points) transition layup that trimmed the lead to 45-42 early in the second half but it was the closest the Orange would get. Despite hot shooting in the second half, Syracuse was unable to close the gap.
Syracuse will look for its first road win of the season when they visit No.15 Notre Dame on Saturday.