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Brycen Goodine scores game-winner to lift Syracuse over Wake Forest, 75-73 (full coverage)

A rag-tag lineup saved Syracuse’s season.

With three starters on the bench after fouling out, a lineup featuring Buddy Boeheim at small forward, freshman Brycen Goodine at guard and freshman Jesse Edwards a center, Syracuse rallied from a four-point deficit to pull out a 75-73 victory over Wake Forest at the Carrier Dome on Saturday.

The Syracuse bench reach out to Syracuse forward Elijah Hughes (33) after three pointer that led to a Wake Forest timeout during a game on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.

Goodine scored the game-winner with 1.5 seconds left. Elijah Hughes missed a jumper, but Edwards kept the ball alive with a tip. Goodine grabbed the rebound and laid the ball off the glass.

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After facing off against Duke in front of college basketball’s largest crowd of the year, Syracuse returns to Jim Boeheim Court on Saturday, Feb. 8 take on Wake Forest. Tipoff in the Carrier Dome is set for 8 p.m.

After winning two consecutive home contests against ACC rivals Boston College and Pittsburgh, the Orange (13-9) lost to the Duke Blue Devils in a high-scoring 97-88 affair. Junior Marek Dolezaj spearheaded the Orange offense with a career-high 22 points, while three other Orange players finished the game in double-figures: redshirt junior Elijah Hughes (21), freshman Joseph Girard III (17) and sophomore Buddy Boeheim (13). Syracuse is in fifth place in the ACC standings with a 6-5 record in conference play.

Wake Forest is coming off a 76-86 loss at Louisville on Wednesday. The Demon Deacons are 10-12, including a 3-9 record against ACC opponents. Wake Forest is 15th in the ACC standings and is 1-5 away from LJVM Coliseum in conference play this season.

Saturday’s game will be the 10th all-time meeting between Syracuse and Wake Forest. The Orange have won all but one of the previous nine contests between the two schools, including last year’s meeting, 79-54. Tyus Battle led the Orange in scoring with 21 points after previously establishing the record for most points by a Syracuse player against Wake Forest during the 2017-18 season (34).

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