GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Markeisha Gatling scored a career-high 28 points before leaving with a second-half knee injury, helping No. 14 North Carolina State rally past Syracuse 79-63 in Friday’s Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals.
Kody Burke added 21 points and a career-high 16 rebounds for the fourth-seeded Wolfpack (25-6), who trailed 48-39 before going on a 25-1 run fueled by Gatling’s 14 points.
The 6-foot-5 senior left with 8:19 left after injuring her left knee and was helped to the locker room.
Brittney Sykes scored 14 points for the fifth-seeded Orange (22-9), who missed 16 straight shots at one point during N.C. State’s decisive run.
Syracuse, in its first ACC tournament, shot 10-for-38 (26 percent) after halftime.
The game was delayed three times in the second half due to lights and shot-clock outages amid a winter storm that caused numerous power outages in the area.
N.C. State advanced to Saturday’s semifinals.
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