The Syracuse University men’s basketball team took a tough 73-58 loss on Wednesday, February 15 from North Carolina State on the road. Assistant Coach Allen Griffin credits NC State for forcing the Orange to abandon their identity.

“They did a really good job of keeping us from getting to the basket. They made us take some really tough shots,” Griffin said. “For us, we kind of went away from what was successful for us and that is playing with each other and making each other better.”

Buddy Boeheim cooled off from the perimeter last night. He was on fire against Boston College last Saturday, going 4-7 from range.

The Wolfpack shut him down, limiting him to just two points. Griffin is not worried about the sharpshooter though.

“I think Buddy is well prepared for everything. He’s still a Freshman … He’s going to have his ups and downs,” Griffin said. “Just recently through the stretch that he just had, he’s been phenomenal. I attest everything to practice. He has been practicing very well and he has been making his shots in practice.”

But there was a silver lining from last night. Freshman Robert Braswell logged 7 minutes for the Orange. Although he only played limited time, Griffin says that he made some nice plays when the team was struggling.

“He’s been playing really well in practice and he’s been making shots,” Griffin said. “In the first half of that game, some of the guys were struggling that we need to win, and we constantly look for for offense. Robert came in and was a spark for us.”

Syracuse has a week to regroup ahead of their home game against No. 16 Louisville.

The Orange still have a decorated resumé with eight conference wins, but Griffin says that every game is more important than the last.

You can catch Wednesday’s game at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome or on ESPN.