Almost a week after Syracuse's improbable comeback against Virginia, the Orange again trailed big against North Carolina in the second half of Saturday's national semifinal game. Then, the lead started to vanish: a three-pointer, a dunk, a layup. When Malachi Richardson, last week's hero, hit another three-pointer, the lead was in single digits, at seven.
North Carolina was reeling. It was dominating inside, but was 0 for 13 on three-point attempts. At the other end, Marcus Paige tried another.