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Gerry Broome, Associated Press
Syracuse's Kris Joseph, left, and Scoop Jardine celebrate a play during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. Syracuse won 88-72.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Dion Waiters scored a career-high 22 points to help No. 1 Syracuse beat North Carolina State 88-72 on Saturday.

Scoop Jardine added 16 points for the Orange (11-0), including a pair of 3-pointers during an 11-2 spurt that finally gave them some cushion after the Wolfpack fought back from a 17-point deficit late in the first half. Waiters also came up big during that run, starting it by knocking down his own 3-pointer to answer one by Scott Wood that brought N.C. State (6-4) within 63-61.

Waiters also jumped a pass and raced in for a dunk, then Jardine closed the spurt with another 3 to push the lead to 74-63 with 6:41 left.

It was a good road test for Syracuse, which was playing for the first time as No. 1 this season — as well as its first game outside its home state.