Quick Hits: Syracuse 94, Wake Forest 72

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Dec 7, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Syracuse Orange center Jesse Edwards speaks to reporters following Syracuse's 67-53 loss to the Villanova Wildcats at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Bierman, The Juice Online.

Syracuse rolled past Wake Forest 94-72 on Saturday night at the Carrier Dome. Here are some quick thoughts from the game:

  • Symir Torrence returned to action for the Orange, missing just one game after suffering a minor knee injury at Duke. He played 5:35 in the first half, making his only shot and handing out a pair of assists.
  • Frank Anselem had a night to build on, finishing with seven points and a team-high six boards in 16:55 of play. He combined with Jesse Edwards for 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting and eight rebounds.

  • The Orange registered a preposterous 1.516 points per possession, scoring on 42 of their 62 possessions. They collectively shot 59.1 percent inside the arc after failing to make half of their two-point field goal attempts in each of their last two games.
  • In the first game between the two schools, Wake Forest had 19 assists on 25 field goals. The second time around, it was only 16 helpers on 27 baskets.
  • SU shot 36 percent from the field in the first matchup, including just 27.6 percent from deep. Their 57.1 percent overall mark the second time around is their second-best effort of the season and their 52.6 percent effort from three is their third-best rate from beyond the arc.
  • The Orange gathered ten steals in the game, reaching double figures in that category for just the fifth time this season. Syracuse is undefeated in those games, winning four of them by at least a dozen points.
  • The walk-ons took advantage of a rare opportunity in ACC play. Paddy Casey made a circus lay-up, then Arthur Cordes beat the final horn with a three-pointer.

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SU’s next contest is on Wednesday when they will visit North Carolina State. The Wolfpack (10-12, 3-8) have lost four of their last five games, including a 100-80 loss at the hands of North Carolina on Saturday.

Dereon Seabron does a whole lot of everything for NC State, leading the team in scoring (18.3 points/game), rebounds (9.0/game), assists (3.4/game), and field goal percentage (52.8 percent). Terquavion Smith and Jericole Hellems combine for just over 30 points per contest and have made 110 three-pointers on the campaign.

Wednesday night’s contest is a 9:00pm Eastern start from Raleigh and the game will be televised by ESPN2.

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A 1996 graduate of Syracuse University, Jim has reported on Syracuse sports for the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Southern California on nearly a decade. He has also written a fantasy basketball column published by NBA.com. He currently resides in Syracuse.