SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Sorry Greensboro, you will have to wait for another day to get your revenge on Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse Orange. In the NIT opener, Syracuse knocked off the Spartans in the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night 90-77.
Andrew White picked up right where he left off the last time he was in the Carrier Dome, scoring a game-high 34 points on 11-15 shooting including 7-9 from beyond the arc. That makes him 15 of his last 18 from deep in his last two games in the friendly confines of the Dome, scoring a combined 74 points.
White set a new single season for made three-pointers at SU, passing Gerry McNamara who had 107. White now has 109 and can increase his lead throughout the NIT.
Tyus Battle has his dribble-drive game going, as he was too much for any Spartan defender to handle. The freshman guard poured in 20 points, dished out four assists and helped defensively with two steals.
UNC-Greensboro's best player, Francis Alonso, came in averaging 15 points per game and shooting 47% from three-point range. Syracuse held him to just three points on 1-9 shooting, including 1-6 from deep.
Two big runs for the Orange proved to be the difference in the game. After Greensboro took a one point lead midway through the first half, Syracuse went on a 12-0 run to gain some separation. SU then started the second half 12-2 spurt to push the game out of reach.
Syracuse will face Ole Miss in the Carrier Dome in the second round of the NIT on Saturday, March 18th at 11am.