With seven minutes to play, things looked bleak. Syracuse (14-9, 6-4) trailed NC State (14-9, 3-7) by 13 and had been thoroughly outplayed in the second half. Then, four consecutive three-pointers including three by John Gillon, brought the Orange within just one less than two minutes later.
That was just one critical part of Gillon's epic 43-point, nine assist performance that led Syracuse to a 100-93 overtime win. It was their first road victory of the season.
Gillon made nine three-pointers in the game, tying a Syracuse single-game record. It was also the first 40-plus point outing since Gerry McNamara scored 43 back in 2004.
The game was forced into overtime after Gillon drilled an off balanced three-pointer with 1.1 seconds left. In the extra frame, Syracuse pulled away early behind a 9-2 run. All nine Syracuse points came from Andrew White. White finished with 28 points of his own.
Maybe the most impressive part of Gillon's performance was scoring those 43 points on just 13 shots. He was 10-13 overall from the floor, including 9-10 from beyond the arc. The senior point guard was also a perfect 14-14 from the free-throw line.
Syracuse started strong and pulled out to seven or nine point leads multiple times in the first half. But after intermission, the Orange defense became far more passive. That led to open threes, dunks and layups for the Wolfpack. Once they tightened things up, they got back into the game.
The win was Jim Boeheim's 999th of his career, setting up a showdown with Virginia on Saturday in the Carrier Dome for potentially his 1,000th victory.