SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Another day, another buzzer-beating finish for the No. 1-ranked Syracuse University Orange.
A goaltending call on North Carolina State in the final seconds gave undefeated Syracuse a 56-55 victory over the Wolfpack on Saturday night before 31,572 fans at the Carrier Dome -- the fourth crowd of more than 30,000 at the Dome this season.
Trailing 53-52, the Wolfpack regained the lead on forward Ralston Turner's three free throws. Before those shots, N.C. State was just 4-for-11 from the foul line.
Syracuse forward C.J. Fair made one of two free throws to pull within one before Wolfpack guard Desmond Lee lost the ball while dribbling on the next possession. But Syracuse guard Tyler Ennis committed an offensive foul to give the ball back to N.C. State.
N.C. State then committed a turnover that led to the goaltending call that gave the basket to Fair.
The Orange and Wolfpack traded the lead for most of the second half. After Turner's 3-pointer gave N.C. State a 44-42 lead, Ennis completed a 3-point play to give Syracuse a temporary lead. Forward T.J Warren's 3-point play and Turner's second 3-pointer boosted the Wolfpack's lead to 50-45.
Warren, the Atlantic Coast Conference's leading scorer at 23.1 points per game, had a game-high 23 points. Syracuse was led by center Rakeem Christmas, who had 14 points and 12 boards, followed by forward Jerami Grant's 12 points and 14 rebounds.
N.C. State held a 24-20 edge on the boards is the first half.
Neither team led by more than four points in the first half. Warren scored four points during a 6-0 run that gave NC State a 26-22 lead, but Fair's drive and Orange guard Trevor Cooney's dunk on a fast break tied the score at 26.
While extending its program-best winning streak to 25, the Orange remained one of only two undefeated teams in Division I. The other one is No. 4 Wichita State (25-0), which plays at Evansville Sunday.
Syracuse is the 12th team in the ACC's 61-year history to win its first 12 league games. Of the previous 11, eight of them won the ACC Tournament, five reached the Final Four and two won the national title (North Carolina in 1957 and N.C. State in 1974).
At 12-0 in league play, the Orange are bidding to become the ninth ACC team to post a perfect regular season and the first since Duke in 1999.
N.C. State, which had won five of its six previous games, dropped to 16-9 and 6-6 in the ACC. With an RPI of 51, the Wolfpack remains on the bubble for a NCAA Tournament bid.
NOTES: Saturday's game was scheduled to start at 3 p.m., but was delayed to 7 p.m. because of delays with N.C. State's chartered plane. The flight was originally scheduled to leave Raleigh on Friday night, but didn't leave until 1 p.m. Saturday and the team didn't arrive in Syracuse until about 3 p.m. ... Syracuse was also ranked No. 1 the last time the teams met in Raleigh on Dec. 17, 2011. The Orange won that game 88-72 behind Dion Waiters' 22 points. ... F TJ Warren is on track to become the first Wolfpack player to lead the ACC in scoring since Todd Fuller in 1996 (20.9 points per game). ... Third-year Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried is one of only three ACC coaches to lead his team to the NCAA Tournament in his first two years at the helm. ... Orange G Trevor Cooney entered Saturday's game with 74 3-pointers, ranking second on Syracuse's season list for sophomores. Gerry McNamara, an assistant coach for the Orange and Cooney's position coach, ranks first with 105 in 2003-04.