SYRACUSE Rakeem Christmas had a key steal to set up C.J. Fairs winning layup with 6.7 seconds left, helping No. 1 Syracuse edge North Carolina State 56-55 on Saturday night to remain unbeaten.
Christmas had 14 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks as Syracuse earned its 10th single-digit win despite shooting 35.2 percent.
Jerami Grant had 12 points and 14 rebounds and Fair had 11 points on 5-of-16 shooting.
T.J. Warren had 23 points for N.C. State.