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Syracuse Grabs 8th Win in ACC, Topping BC

Posted on February 9, 2019 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

  Article by Dan Tortora

  In their 75th meeting all-time, the Syracuse Orange and Boston College Eagles started out slow.


  After two made free throws following Sidibe's first foul just 18 seconds into the game, the score was 4-3 Orange.


  Ky Bowman came off the bench and connected on back-to-back jumpers, the second from beyond the arc, giving Boston College the lead back, at 8-7.


  But redshirt-junior guard/forward Elijah Hughes answered right back with a three of his own, grabbing the advantage back immediately, at 10-8 Syracuse.


  Battle would rattle one home shortly after, giving him six of the first 12 points scored by the Orange, ahead 12-8.


  The Eagles would fight their way to a tie at 12-12, with junior forward Nik Popvic accounting for both buckets.


  Sophomore forward Marek Dolezaj's layup would break the tie, but senior guard Jordan Chatman would tie and take the lead with three free throws after getting fouled beyond the arc, taking the lead at the 7:22 mark, at 17-16.


  True freshman shooting guard Buddy Boeheim would take the lead back on the very next Syracuse possession, knocking down a three, his first points of the game, followed by a three by Dolezaj.

  Later on in the first half, Boeheim would account for eight straight points scored by the Orange, making two free throws followed by two shots from beyond the arc, giving the Orange a 30-21 advantage. He would end the first half with 11 points. 

  Sophomore forward Oshae Brissett would give Syracuse their first double-digit lead of the contest, at 31-21, resulting from a 1-for-2 trip to the line.

  At the half, the Orange led the Eagles 31-24.

  Boston College was the first to score coming out of the break, with Popovic making both of his freebies, making it a two-possession game, 31-26.

  Hughes would account for Syracuse's first field goal and points of the second half, going to the rim for two at the 18:51 mark.

  Senior point guard Frank Howard would follow with his first points of the match-up, a three that would roll the Orange back out to a double-digit lead, at 36-26.

  At the 14:06 mark of the second half, Boeheim had achieved a new single-game, career-high in scoring, with 14 points, out-doing his previous high of 13 points. He rose to 14 points on a three in the second half, after scoring his 11 aforementioned points in the first half of play.

  Boeheim's original single-game, career-high of 13 points was accumulated at home versus the PIttsburgh Panthers and on the road against the Boston College Eagles, giving him his best and second-best totals both versus Boston College.

  It was a 10-point game again at 47-37 after the three in the corner from Bowman, but Battle quickly answered by attacking the rim and completing the old-fashioned three-point play to elevate the Orange up to a 50-37 lead.

  Battle and Brissett would combine to account for 17 straight Syracuse points that would bring the Orange out to a 20-point advantage, 60-40, with 7:58 to play.

  True freshman point guard Jalen Carey would check in at the 7:58 mark with the Orange ahead by 20. In one minute and 42 seconds of play, he amounted one turnover and no other stats.

  Boston College would go on a 14-0 run, with four total players accumulating points, bringing the Syracuse 20-point lead down to six, 60-54, with 3:54 to play.

  The Orange would end their scoring drought when Battle went 1-for-2 at the charity stripe at the 3:39 mark, giving Syracuse their first points in almost five minutes.

  Boeheim got the Orange back to a double-digit lead, at 67-56, when he made both of his attempts from the line, at the 1:17 mark. His new single-career high rose to 16 points after these free throws.

  Syracuse did not make a field goal from the 8:14 on, with their final seven points coming at the charity stripe.

  They would hold on for the win, 67-56.

  Battle would lead all in Orange with 21, followed by Boeheim's career-high of 16, and Brissett's 12.

  Boyman would equal Battle, leading the Eagles with 21, followed by Chatman's 12, and Popovic's 10.

  Syracuse improved to 17-7 on the season, 8-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

  Boston College moved down to .500, with an 11-11 overall record, and is now 2-8 in the ACC.

  Syracuse now leads the all-time series 49-26 over Boston College, including two wins in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regualr-season play here in the 2018-19 campaign.

Seminoles Spear the Orange

Posted on February 5, 2019 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

  Article by Dan Tortora

  The Syracuse Orange hosted the 22nd-ranked Florida State Seminoles inside the Carrier Dome coming off of a 2-1 stint on the road, with wins over the Boston College Eagles and Pittsburgh Panthers.

  Florida State struck first, with a three on their first possession coming from sophomore guard M.J. Walker.

  Walker would connect on another three shortly after to break a 3-3 tie that was created from a three by Syracuse redshirt-junior guard/forward Elijah Hughes on the team's second possession.

  Down 6-3, the Orange heard from junior shooting guard Tyus Battle who made two jumpers to get Syracuse out ahead for the first time in the contest, 7-6.

  But their lead was short-lived as the Seminoles went on a shooting spree that led to an 13-2 run, which moved the Seminoles back in front, at 19-9, the first double-digit advantage by either team in the game. During this run, Florida State was 5-for-6 from the field, including three made three-pointers in succession.

  The Seminoles would begin the match-up 6-for-8 from beyond the arc, getting out to a 26-10 advantage before the nine-minute mark.

  True freshman point guard Jalen Carey, who had been held out of multiple games, came in at the 8:43 mark of the first half and lost the handle on the ball shortly after, turning the ball over.

  Two consecutive buckets by Battle got the Orange halfway to the Seminoles, down 36-18.

  Sophomore forward Oshae Brissett would muscle up a tough shot at the rim right after and connect on the old-fashined three-point play to lower the Florida State advantage to 15, 36-21.

  The Orange would follow being ahead 7-6 by being on the wrong side of a 27-7 run.

  Syracuse would respond, however, with a run of their own, 12-3, which brought their deficit to 10, 36-26.

  The run by the Orange would ultimately be 17-6 before the half, getting Syracuse within single digits at the break, down 39-31. Syracuse fought from down by as many as 22 to within eight at the half.

  Syracuse would begin the second half by being the first to score, with Brissett connecting on a straight-on jumper on the team's second possession of the second half, within the first minute, bringing the Orange to within two possessions, down 39-33.

  An old-fashioned three-point play by Oshae followed by a three and lay-in by Battle had Syracuse within four, 42-38.

  Inside the 15-minute mark, Hughes made his third deep ball of the game, getting the Orange to within three, 46-43.

  Brissett was at it again underneath, grabbing an offensive rebound off of the miss by Battle, and putting it back up, moving Syracuse to down by a mere point, 46-45.

  Redshirt-senior forward Phil Cofer would respond immediately for Florida State, and when Syracuse got within two shortly after, 51-49, it was senior guard Terance Mann who had an immediate bucket, as the Seminoles worked to keep the lead that they had had since the 15:31 mark of the first half off of a dunk by Cofer.

  Hughes would be fouled in the process of attempting a three and would knock down all three of his freebies to bring the Orange once again within one possession, down 55-52.

  Add in another immediate response when redshirt-sophomore forward Mfiondu Kabengele grabbed an offensive rebound and placed the ball in following Hughes' three free throws and the Seminoles were back ahead by two possessions.

  On the very next Syracuse possession, junior guard Trent Forrest would steal it away from Hughes and Mann would throw down a soft slam, followed by a shot from beyond the arc by Kabengale and Florida State had once again extended out to a double-digit advantage, 62-52, giving Florida State three straight buckets on three straight possessions.

  The Seminoles would ultimately score on six straight possessions, moving upward to a 69-56 advantage.

  Mann would literally rock the rim on a dunk that made it 71-57 followed by an old-fashioned three-point play by Mann that gave Florida State a 73-60 lead.

  After Syracuse began the second half on an 18-12 run, Florida State responded with an even larger run, 29-13, to close out the contest with an 80-62 victory.

  The win moves the Seminoles to 17-5 overall and a winning record in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), at 5-4.

  Conversely, the Orange roll down to 16-7 overall and 7-3 in the ACC.

  Battle led all scorers on both teams with 23 points, going 8-for-15 from the field.

  Mann ended atop all Florida State players with 22 points, making eight of his nine attempts in the game.

Syracuse Strikes & Swats Their Way to 5-1 in the ACC

Posted on January 24, 2019 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

  Article by Dan Tortora

  The Syracuse Orange began this game trailing the Miami Hurricanes 

  Syracuse tied Miami three times in the first half, the third coming at the 6:34 mark off of a three by true freshman shooting guard Buddy Boeheim.

  The Orange took their first lead of the game just inside 5:20 before the break on a three from Boeheim that made it 23-22 Syracuse.

  Miami would respond instantly and there would be two lead changes to follow before Syracuse took the lead for the remainder of the first half when redshirt-junior guard/forward Elijah Hughes connected from long range at the 4:39 mark to bring the score to 26-24 Syracuse.

  Hughes and sophomore forward Oshae Brissett would swat a pair of shot attempts away on the same defensive stance, but the Orange would allow an offensive rebound that led to points, making it 31-27 Orange.

  Boeheim knocked down three shots from beyond the arc in total from the 6:34 mark of the first half, going 3-for-5 from deep to go with one free throw, placing him in double-digits at the break, with 10 points.

  The Hurricanes began the second half 4-for-6 from the field, closing in to within three of the Orange, 42-39, at the 15:09 mark. Senior center Ebuka Izundu's dunk brought Miami to this score, preceded by junior guard D.J. Vasiljevic's 2-for-3 run from long distance.

  Junior shooting guard Tyus Battle would accumulate his first points of the game at the 17-minute mark of the second half off of a three-pointer after going scoreless in the first half.

  Senior center Paschal Chukwu would block away two consecutive Hurricane possessions and as a result of a technical foul on Hurricanes' head coach Jim Larranaga, Battle cashed in from the charity stripe to give Syracuse their first double-digit lead of the game, 52-41.

  Redshirt-senior guard Zach Johnson would be met by an opposite and stronger force when he tried to throw down in transition, with Hughes silencing the attempt on a clean swat.   

  With 8:06 left on the game clock, Hughes knocked down his sixth three of the game, making him 6-for-9 from beyond the arc, giving Syracuse a 61-44 advantage. This deep make followed another block by Chukwu on the defensive end. With over six minutes to play in the contest, the Orange had nine blocks.

  The Hurricanes had none.

   Syracuse would make 14 three-pointers in this game as a team. They were 14-for-30 (46.7%).

  Hughes led the way with 22 points as the Orange rolled over the Hurricanes by 20, 73-53. Boeheim ended in double-digits in scoring for the second game in a row, attaining 12 points in this match-up to follow his single-game, career-high 13 points at home in a win over the Pittsburgh Panthers a game ago. Battle was the third Syracuse player to amount double-figures, concluding the contest with 10, to go with his nine assists.

  Syracuse would end the game with 11 blocks, while Miami would not amount a single swat in the entire 40 minutes of play.

  Vasiljevic was the lone Hurricane in double-figures, accumulating 11 points on the night.

  With the win, Syracuse improves to 5-1 in conference play inside the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), and moves to 14-5 overall.

  Miami, conversely, fell to 1-5 in ACC play, moving to 9-9 on the season.

  The Orange have now won three straight games, and seven of their last eight overall.

Syracuse Downs Rival Pitt, Boeheim Shines from Deep

Posted on January 19, 2019 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

  Article by Dan Tortora

  The Syracuse Orange opened the Dome to a match-up with longtime rival, the Pittsburgh Panthers, coming in with a record of 68-45 against them.


  It took the Orange just 12 seconds into the game to score when redshirt-junior guard/forward Elijah Hughes launched from outside for three to make it 3-0 Syracuse at the 19:48 mark.


  Pittsburgh sophomore forward/center Terrell Brown would respond immediately with a three of his own to tie the game.


  A layup by sophomore forward Oshae Brissett would move the lead back to the Orange, at 5-3.


  Syracuse would hold the lead for three minutes and 49 seconds until freshman guard Xavier Johnson's three that made it 8-7 Pittsburgh at the 15:06 mark.

  Thanks to five straight points from Brissett, the Orange took the lead back at 12-11 at the 12:46 mark of the first half.


  Syracuse would go on an 11-0 run before a putback at the rim by Pittsburgh that brought the game to 18-13 Orange.


  Coming off of the bench, true freshman and son of head coach Jim Boeheim, Buddy Boeheim, would knock down both of his beyond-the-arc tries.


  Junior shooting guard Tyus Battle's five points of the first half would come back-to-back with a three followed by a deep two from straight on which game the Orange their first double-digit lead of the game, at 26-15.


  All of Battle's seven first-half points would come inside 5:05 before the break.


  A blunder by senior center Paschal Chukwu would be followed by a 5-0 run by the Panthers that made it 28-24 Orange. It began when Brissett swatted away an attempt by Pittsburgh and Syracuse senior center Paschal Chukwu got the rebound on the defensive end. In the corner still on the Panthers' end, Chukwu did not pass off to teammates nearby, but instead through across court. The pass was intercepted by Pittsburgh senior guard/forward Jared Wilson-Frame who knocked down a three. Xavier Johnson would make the layup that followed.


  At the break, the Orange led by a mere possession, 28-25.


  In the first half, Syracuse shot 6-for-11 from three-point range (54.5%).

  The Orange would open up the second half not scoring until the 16:03 mark, but they still had the lead, with a three from Hughes moving them out to a 31-27 advantage.

  Battle's first points of the second half come right by the 14:30 mark from a jumper in the lane, making it 36-27 Syracuse.

  A layup by Battle would come shortly after followed by Battle feeding Chukwu for a wide open dunk to bring the score to 40-27 Orange. The throwdown by Chukwu would have a baseline, one-handed slam from Hughes coming on its heels.

  With 11:12 to go in the second half, Battle had already equaled his first-half scoring, with seven points, after a three that extended the Orange out to a 45-30 lead. Battle surpassed his first-half scoring when he cashed in from long range and then stole the ball and skied for a one-handed dunk right after, giving him 12 points at this time in the second half. His 19 total points were registered with Syracuse ahead 19, 50-31, in the game.

  Sophomore forward Marek Dolezaj would take the ball on the baseline, fake a shot, and dribble down toward the basket, timing his shot, and making it off the glass to put the Orange ahead 52-35 with 8:32 to go.

  With 7:41 to play, Syracuse had gotten out to a 20-point advantage, 59-39, thanks to Buddy Boeheim's third three of the game, on his third try, giving him nine points in 12 minutes on 3-for-3 shooting.

  The Panthers would go on a 10-0 run from there, however, to shrink the Orange lead to 59-49.

  Brissett would look to take some of that Pittsburgh momentum away when he dunked home his attempt at the rim with a body on him to give Syracuse a 61-49 advantage.

  Buddy Boeheim would make his fourth three of the contest immediately after to move the Orange up to a 64-49 lead with 4:31 to play. He would miss his following attempt, giving Boeheim a 4-for-5 outing from beyond the arc.

   With the Panthers threatening once again within 10, Dolezaj would see a cutting Battle and send the ball from the top of the key inside, with Battle finishing at the rim, giving Dolezaj his fifth assist of the game and Syracuse a 67-55 lead.

  At the 1:14 mark of the second half, Pittsburgh was back within 10 points after freshman guard Au'Diese Toney stole the ball from Brissett and laid it in, making it 67-57 Syracuse.

  Despite missing 11 free throws as a team, the Orange would go 7-for-8 from about a minute to play, winning 74-63 over the rival Panthers, their 69th all-time win over the Panthers.

  Speaking of fouls, Battle played the final 4:06 with four fouls, never fouling out of the game.

  With the victory, Syracuse is now 13-5 on the season and 4-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play.

  Pittsburgh falls to 12-6 overall and 2-3 in the ACC.

  Wilson-Frame and Xavier Johnson were the two Panthers to finish in double-figures, with 19 and 17, respectively.

  Battle led all Orange and all teams overall with 22, followed on the Syracuse roster by Boeheim with 13 and Brissett with 11. The 13 points scored by Buddy Boeheim are a single-game personal career high.

  The Orange finished the game 46.3% from the field, including a 46.2% performance from three-point range, making 12 of their 26 tries.

Syracuse Outlasts Clemson to Stay Unbeaten in ACC Play

Posted on January 9, 2019 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

  Article by Dan Tortora

  The scoring began with Syracuse junior shooting guard Tyus Battle's jumper from the left side to give the Orange the first lead of the game, 2-0.

  But Clemson would respond immediately with a three to take their first lead of the game, 3-2.

  The Tigers would go on a 5-0 run out to a 5-2 lead, but sophomore forward Marek Dolezaj would knock down a three to tie the game at 5-5.

  Sophomore center Bourama Sidibe would make up for a turnover by Battle when he blocked Clemson's try at the other end. That block would lead to an Orange possession that concluded with redshirt-junior guard/forward Elijah Hughes getting a tough two at the rim to give Syracuse their second lead of the game, at 7-5.

  After helping to get the Orange two, Sidibe would get two of his own when he fought in the paint and elevated up.

  Dolezaj would impress offensively once again when he almost lost the ball but stayed with it, went toward the basket, and rose up for a one-handed jumper that would give the Orange a 17-9 advantage.

  Syracuse attained their first double-digit lead of the game when true freshman point guard Jalen Carey fed sophomore forward Oshae Brissett who ran over to bail him out; Brissett's tough take under the basket made it 19-9 Orange.

  Clemson, down by as many as 12 in the first half, would get within two possessions, down six, with 4:27 to play, 23-17, thanks to a 6-0 run. That run was broken by Howard's jumper, but a three by sophomore forward Aamir Simms right after would get the Tigers to a five-point deficit, 25-20.

  Two physical plays made back-to-back by Brissett and then Battle extended the Orange out to a nine-point advantage, 29-20, with about two minutes before the break. The make by Battle was a one-handed jumper from the baseline that fell through the nylon.

  Syracuse would take a 30-22 lead into halftime, shooting 50% from the field (13-for-26) while Clemson made 32% of their first-half tries (8-for-25).

  Neither team shot well from behind the arc in the first 20 minutes of play: Syracuse was 3-for-14 (21.4%) and Clemson was 2-for-8 (25%).

  The Orange had no offensive rebounds in the first half until Dolezaj pulled one down with 26 seconds before the break.

  The first two points of the second half went to the same team as in the first, when Hughes made both free throws by the 19-minute mark to get the Orange back to a double-digit advantage, 32-22.

  Senior point guard Frank Howard would obtain the first made field goal by either team in the second half when he connected on a baseline jumper at the 18:40 mark, bringing the score to 34-22 Orange.

  Two made three's early in the second half shrunk Syracuse's lead to two possessions, 34-28, with 16:11 to play. Sophomore guard Clyde Trapp and gradduate guard Marcquise Reed accounted for the deep makes.

  Dolezaj, however, would elevate the Orange back to a double-digit lead with his second three of the game, this from straight on, to give Syracuse a 38-28 advantage, making him 3-for-5 from the field and 2-for-4 from long range.

  With eight points, four assists, three rebounds, two steals, one block, and no turnovers in 25 minutes, Dolezaj was met with a round of applause and cheers from the fans as well as his coaches and teammates standing to greet him at the bench when he took a breather with 13:01 to play.

  Clemson would match Syracuse 11 to 11 in points to bring the score to 54-43 Orange before Reed would's jumper in the paint lowered the Tigers' deficit back down to single-digtis, 54-45.

  With the inclusion of the following three, Reed scored seven straight points for Clemson, making it a two-possession game at 54-48 Syracuse.

  In three minutes and change, starting at the 7:10 mark of the second half, the Orange had four turnovers, only taking two shots, and missing them both, in that span of time.

  There was a span of five minutes and 21 seconds between Syracuse field goals, with Brissett's jumper at the 2:39 mark of the second half being the first made field goal for the Orange since Howard's jumper at the 8:16 mark.

  With 1:11 to play, Clemson had fought to a 58-51 deficit, shooting 10-for-26 to get there, while Syracuse went 7-for-21 in the second half with a little over a minute to go.

  A flagrant 1 was called on Reed with 1:01 to play, resulting in the Tigers' leading scorer fouling out; he had 16 points in 37 minutes.

  Howard would make both free throws coming from the flagrant on Reed and  garduate guard Shelton Mitchell would account for the final field goal of the game with 20 seconds left, bringing the end score to 61-53, advantage Orange.    

  With the victory, Syracuse improved to 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), while Clemson went the opposite way, falling to 0-2 in conference play.

  The Orange played eight, and six of them scored with Hughes leading the way, amounting 14, followed by Howard and Battle each with 12, Dolezaj with 10, Brissett with nine, and Sidibe with four. Carey and fellow freshman guard Buddy Boeheim ended scoreless on the night.

  Dolezaj would end with 10 points, four rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks, and no turnovers in 30 minutes of action.

  Syracuse and Clemson both came in 10-4, with the Orange elevating to 11-4 and the Tigers moving to 10-5.

Long Time Coming: Syracuse Gets 10 Wins, Thwarts Rival

Posted on December 28, 2018 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

  Article by Dan Tortora

  The Camping World Bowl served as a place where the rivalry could be renewed between the Syracuse Orange and West Virginia Mountaineers.

  Syracuse leads the all-time head-to-head record, 33 wins to 28 wins, and are currently on a three-game winning streak versus West Virginia, with their last victory over the Mountaineers coming in the Pinstripe Bowl of 2012.

  The Orange began the game by gaining two yards before punting the ball away on a quick three-and-out, but the defense would aid the Orange in getting the ball right back after forcing the Mountaineers to their own three-and-out.

  But Syracuse's offense would have another three-and-out after senior quarterback Eric Dungey was sacked by redshirt-junior cornerback Keith Washington, Jr., on third down.

  On their first two drives of the game, the Orange combined to have -11 yards of offense.

  With just over 10 minutes remaining in the first quarter, the Mountaineers would attain the initial first down of the contest by either team. when redshirt-sophomore quarterback Jack Allison found senior wide receiver David Sills, V.

  Sophomore wide receiver Tevin Bush would take a handoff from Allison, coming across shortly after, and head upfield for a 20-yard gain to the Syracuse 16-yard line.

  A sack by senior linebacker Ryan Guthrie would move the Mountaineers back six yards.

  Redshirt-sophomore wide receiver T.J. Simmons would get West Virginia back in the Syracuse redzone on a 17-yard play that began with his reception, and the Mountaineers would send a 28-yard attempt through the uprights on fourth down, courtesy of redshirt-sophomore kicker Evan Staley. With 6:42 remaining in the first quarter, West Virginia had struck first, ahead 3-0.

  The Orange would gain three first downs on the first five plays of their third drive after not recording a single first down on their first two drives. Redshirt-senior wide receiver Jamal Custis would reel in a pass for the team's initial first down of the game, followed by junior running back Abdul Adams' carry for a first down and then true freshman wide receiver Taj Harris' 19-yard catch-and-run that rolled the Orange to the Mountaineers' 49-yard line. 

  Dungey would air it out downfield to Custis in single-coverage for a 44-yard gain on a heave that moved Syracuse to the West Virginia 3-yard line.


  Adams would be given the ball on three straight carries to follow, with Adams gaining his first touchdown as a member of the Orange on 3rd-&-goal from four yards out; he ran straight forward and fell onto his defender. Due to the fact that his knees never touched the ground, Adams was still alive and had the wherewithal to reach forward for the final yard. At the 3:01 mark of the first half, three minutes and 41 seconds after the Mountainners gained the first lead, the Orange got theirs, ahead 7-3.

  West Virginia would punt the ball away for the second time in three drives, giving Syracuse another opportunity at points, now late in the first quarter. However, the Orange offense would gather back-to-back penalties to start the drive and Dungey would be intercepted by sophomore safety Kenny Robinson to end the first quarter.

  The Mountaineers, coming off of the interception, began the second quarter on the 16-yard line of the Orange.

  Junior running back Kennedy McKoy would make the most of this drive that began on an interception by darting toward and into the end zone from three yards out on a play that featured a lot of moving parts to create disruption. With 13:52 left in the first half, West Virginia had regained the lead, now ahead 9-7 after Staley bounced his extra point attempt off of the right goal-post.

  Following junior running back Moe Neal's first carry of the game, which went two yards, Dungey would be sacked for a loss of 12 yards, courtesy of redshirt-junior linebacker Shea Campbell. On 3rd-&-20, Dungey would find Custis but offsetting penalties would negate the catch and instead replay the 3rd-&-20 down. Dungey would scramble on 3rd-&-20, gaining three yards to his own 18-yard line before the Orange punted for the third time on their first five drives of the first half.  

  The Mountaineers would elect to go for it on 4th-&-3. Allison would complete the pass to Simmons, but the officials' measurement would show that West Virginia was about a football's length away, giving the Orange the ball at their own 38-yard line.

  Dungey would gain nine yards on a keeper to begin the team's sixth drive of the game, and a roughing the passer penalty would follow immediately to move the Orange to the Mountaineers' 38-yard line.

  A targeting penalty on Kenny Robinson, Jr., would result in his ejection with a little over nine minutes before the break. Robinson had lowered his head and angled it downward to the helmet of Harris who was on the ground. Harris' reception on the play ended in an 8-yard gain and the targeting penlaty tacked on another five yards to put Syracuse on the West Virginia 5-yard line.

  Back-to-back runs by Adams would do it, with Adams gaining four on the first and the one remaining yard on his next carry, placing the lead back in the hands of Syracuse, 14-9, with 8:30 before half.

  On the first play of their sixth drive of the contest, Mountaineers' junior running back Martell Pettaway ran through a wide-open lane and showed his speed, going 51 yards, shedding a defender in the process, moving to the 24-yard line of the Orange after beginning the drive on his own 25. 

  Staley ended this drive with a 36-yard field goal, at almost the exact same time as when he connected on a field goal in the first quarter (6:33 mark of the second as opposed to the 6:42 mark of the first), bringing West Virginia within two, 14-12.

  Syracuse's next drive would end in a punt, their third in four drives, giving West Virginia the ball back down 14-12, but West Virginia would punt it back to them on their third punt of the first half.

  Dungey would get a first down after back-to-back runs to start their next drive, followed by Neal bursting through a hole in the line for 22 yards, placing the Orange on their own 44-yard line.

  However, Dungey would continue to focus on calling his own number and run two more times on the drive, a total of four keepers, with the last two combining for a loss of three yards and resulting in the team's fifth punt of the first half.

  A sack by junior defensive end Kendell Coleman would amount to a loss of nine yards for Allison and the Mountaineers who would eventually punt on this drive, giving Syracuse the ball ahead 14-12 with 59 seconds before half.

  Both teams combined for a total of nine punts in the first half, West Virginia with four and Syracuse with five. Each team would have at least one turnover in the first half as well, the Mountaineers on downs and the Orange on two interceptions thrown by Dungey.

  The last Orange possession of the first half ended due to Dungey's second interception of the game.

  At the break, it remained 14-12 Syracuse.

  West Virginia began the second half with a nine-play scoring drive that concluded with a 44-yard field goal by Staley to give the Mountaineers a one-point lead on the Orange, 15-14, with 10:11 left in the third quarter. Kennedy McKoy ran the ball five times on this drive for a total of three yards, while Allison went 3-for-3 for 45 yards, including a 34-yard pass play to Bush.

  Saving the day on 3rd-&-2 of Syracuse's first drive of the second half was redshirt-freshman tight end Aaron Hackett, who caught a pass that ended in a 26-yard gain to the West Virginia 41-yard line. It was only his second collegiate catch, with his first being for a touchdown in the 44-37 overtime loss on the road to rival Pittsburgh Panthers earlier this season.

  The Orange would get as far as the West Virginia 21-yard line on this drive, bringing in Lou Groza Award Winner, redshirt-freshman kicker Andre Szmyt, in for a 39-yard attempt. The nation's top kicker would boot it through, giving the lead back to the Orange, 17-15, with 6:16 left in the third quarter. 

  Staley would hit the right upright on the Mountaineers' next drive, just as he did in the first half. But unlike that first-half extra-point attempt that fell outside, this bounce off the right upright placed the ball inside the goal-posts, giving West Virginia an 18-17 lead with 3:23 to go in the third quarter.

  At the start of the fourth quarter, Syracuse continued their drive from the West Virginia 13-yard line. Junior wide receiver Trishton Jackson, who had transferred from the Michigan State Spartans, caught a pass from Dungey in single-coverage in the end zone for his first touchdown in orange. With the score, the Orange regained the lead, 24-18, with 14:54 remaining in the game.

  Sophomore defensive back Allen Stritzinger attained his first collegiate inteception on a ball that went off the arm of a Mountaineer on a reception attempt, giving Syracuse the ball right back on West Virginia's first play of the drive that followed Syracuse taking back the lead. Stritzinger returned the interception 20 yards to the West Virginia 18-yard line and Szmyt sent a 34-yard field goal in between the yellow goal-posts to extend the Orange out to a 27-18 advantage with 12:55 to go in the game.

  Following consecutive scores by the Orange, Coleman would get his second sack of the game, this forcing a punt by the Mountaineers that gave the possession back to the Orange with 11:36 to play. This, like his first sack on Allison, was also for a nine-yard loss.

  The Orange would capitalize on the forced punt, with Dungey eluding a sack attempt and tossing it up on a prayer that was answered by Neal who reeled the ball in, made moves in traffic, regained his balance, and ran for what ended as a 42-yard catch-and-run. True freshman running back Jordan Howard would grab the four yards needed on the very next play, elevating the Orange to a 34-18 advantage with 9:59 to go.

  West Virginia would take nine plays all the way to inside the Syracuse 10-yard line, but the Orange would thwart their plans at getting a score when Guthrie wrapped up redshirt-senior tight end/fullback Trevon Wesco on fourth down to take over possession with 6:12 to play, ahead by 16.

  With around two minutes to play, Coleman amounted his third sack of the game, and this paralleled the first two, with all three sacks being for a loss of nine yards.

  Four straight incompletions by Allison gave the ball back to the Orange with under a minute to go and they would kneel down and rise up for a win over the rival Mountaineers, 34-18.

  Syracuse is now 34-28 in head-to-head match-ups with West Virginia and have won the last four consecutive contests.

  In the game, Harris would reach and pass Syracuse wide receiver alum Shelby Hill for most receiving yards in a season by a Syracuse true freshman, moving ahead of Hill's previous record of 558 receiving yards as a freshman.

  Dungey would become Syracuse's all-time career passing leader, moving past alum Ryan Nassib's 9,190 career passing yards.

  The Orange have now won all of the last four bowl games they have competed in (2010 Pinstripe Bowl, 2012 Pinstripe Bowl, 2013 Texas Bowl, and 2018 Camping World Bowl).

  Syracuse finishes with 10 wins for the first time since 2001, equaling the Orange record of 17 years ago at 10-3.

Syracuse Second-Half Surges Over Arkansas State

Posted on December 22, 2018 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)

  Article by Dan Tortora

  The Syracuse Orange men's basketball squad came onto the floor in this match-up with the Arkansas State Red Wolves following a loss at home versus the Buffalo Bulls where head coach Jim Boeheim had little positives to say after noting that the team also had two bad practices going into that game.


  An Orange team that had begun the season 6-0 inside the Dome followed with two straight losses, the first to the Old Dominion Monarchs and the second to Buffalo. Old Dominion had not played Syracuse in 37 years, with Syracuse winning that contest in their first season inside the Dome, back in 1981.


  Syracuse began the game by going 2-for-4 at the line, with junior shooting guard Tyus Battle and sophomore forward Oshae Brissett each mssing one.


  Arkansas State would get their first points of the game at the 17:44 mark when senior guard Grantham Gillard connected from beyond the arc, giving the Red Wolves their first lead of the game as well, at 3-2.


  The Red Wolves would go 4-for-7 from the field to start the game.


  With 12:42 to play before the break, Boeheim took sophomore forward Oshae Brissett out, who had gone wildly to the basket on more than one occasion, replacing him with sophomore center Bourama Sidibe.

  Shortly after, true freshman guard Buddy Boeheim entered the game after not playing a moment of the previous contest, a home loss to the Buffalo Bulls.


  Sidibe made the old-fashioned three-point play inside 12 minutes to give the Orange double-digits, down 16-11.


  Arkansas State got out to a double-digit advantage inside 10 minutes before half, up 25-15.


  Senior center Paschal Chukwu would shorten the Red Wolves' lead to single-digits, making both of his free throws to get the score to 26-17 Red Wolves.

  Giving Battle his first break of the game, redshirt-junior guard/forward Elijah Hughes returned to the contest and quickly nailed a three from the right corner, bringing the deficit to 26-20 for the Orange.


  Hughes would aid the Orange again on a sloppy offensive outing, where the ball would be lost and he would gather it, elevate, and connect on another three, making it 29-25 Red Wolves.


  With Syracuse trying to make a run, Arkansas State responded by going 5-for-8 from the field en route to a 31-25 advantage at the 7:04 mark of the first half.


  Battle's first field goal of the game came with 5:33 to go before half. He would make his second field goal on the very next possession, another jumper, and the Orange were within two, 31-29.


  Buddy Boeheim would head to the rack in transition and get fouled, making one of two to bring Syracuse to within one, 31-30, but the Orange would allow the Red Wolves to clean up at the rim with junior forward Malik Brevard skying underneath and putting the ball up off the glass with his left hand after the miss by teammate sophomore guard Marquis Eaton, moving the Red Wolves out to a 33-30 lead.


  The 7'2" center Chukwu would help the Orange out at the line again when he went 2-for-2 for a second time in the first half, getting Syracuse within one, 33-32.

  On the very next possession, Boeheim would miss from long tange, but Hughes would get the offensive rebound and feed Battle whose check would cash from deep, placing the Orange ahead 35-33, their first lead since 3-2 at the 17:44 mark, a span of 15 minutes and 16 seconds without the lead.


  However, the Red Wolves would reply immediately, sending their own three through the nylon, courtesy of senior guard Ty Cockfield, giving the lead back to Arkansas State, 36-35.


  Syracuse would go 3-for-4 from the charity stripe shortly after, Hughes going 1-for-2 to tie the game at 36 and Battle going 2-for-2 to take the lead back for the Orange, 38-36.

  Hughes would foul senior forward Tristin Walley after Syracuse as a team allowed him an offensive rebound, putting Arkansas State on the line with 1.8 seconds before the break. Walley would miss both and the Orange would head into the locker room ahead by two, 38-36, after losing the lead for more than 75% of the first half.

  Head fake and step back jumper for Oshae Brissett gave the Orange their first points of the second half, and first points by either team, placing Syracuse ahead 40-36 at the 19:15 mark.

  Hughes would come right back and head to the rim, bringing the game to 42-38 Syracuse.

  Brissett would take contact and get the ball up with his right hand, making the basket plus the free throw to give the Orange a 45-39 lead inside 17 minutes.

  He would come back down the floor, drive, and stop, looking for help. Hughes would cut to the basket and Brissett would feed him, with Hughes making his own old-fashioned three-point play, bringing the score to 48-39 Syracuse.

  Brissett and Hughes would combine to account for 10 of the first 12 points scored by the Orange in the second half.

  Zeroing in on the glass, at the 13:04 mark of the second half, Chukwu had 12 rebounds in the game. He would finish with 13.

  More than eight minutes into the second half, Syracuse had out-scored Arkansas State 15 to three.

  About halfway through the second period, senior point guard Frank Howard found Battle in transition for the alley-oop dunk, moving the Orange out to a 57-41 lead.

  Syracuse went on a 7-0 run from there to move ahead 66-44 with 7:32 to go. The Orange had gone by down 11 in the first half to up 22 with a little over seven minutes to play in the second half.

  Buddy Boeheim would score his first points since December 4th on a three-pointer with 6:59 to play, moving Syracuse to a 69-47 advantage.

  With under six minutes to go, true freshman forward Robert Braswell would come in and, at the 3:27 mark, he would take contact and make his take to the rim.

  Braswell would slam the ball home less than two minutes later when he kept the handle in transition despite the steal attempt and then threw down with his right hand.

  By the 1:30 mark, the walk-ons would come onto the court to join Braswell who would knock down both of his free throws, giving him six points in five minutes.

  Syracuse walk-on senior guard Ky Feldman would get the shooter's role on his three attempt to score the final points from either side.

  The 82-52 win by the Orange ends a two-game losing streak at home and moves them to 8-4 on the season.

  Arkansas State falls to 5-7 following this loss.

  Battle and Hughes led the way for Syracuse with 17 points apiece, followed by Brissett with 15. All scholarship players who got minutes for the Orange in this game scored, with nine players amounting points.

  Cockfield would close the game with 17 for Arkansas State, Gillard with 10.

Buffalo Remains Unbeaten, Hands Syracuse 2nd Loss at Home

Posted on December 18, 2018 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

  Article by Dan Tortora

  The Syracuse Orange played host to the Buffalo Bulls a week before Christmas on December 18th inside the Dome.

  With fanbases close to one another with I-90 connecting them, the Dome had cheers and boos that would confuse the common game-goer, with Buffalo hopeful traveling well for this thruway rivalry.

  The Bulls came in better than the Orange overall this time around, with the Bulls at 10-0 and the Orange entering at 7-3, the Orange coming off of their first loss at home, where they fell to the visiting Old Dominion Monarchs a game ago.

  Buffalo entered ranked 14th in the Associated Press (AP) poll and 15th in the Coaches' poll, while Syracuse was left off of both.

  In the first half, Syracuse never trailed once in 20 minutes of play.

  The Orange led the Bulls in the paint, 18 points to 10, but the Bulls led the charge in fast-break points, 11 to two, and points from their bench, 11 to five.

  Syracuse out-shot Buffalo in the first half 57.1% to 35.5%, doing more from the inside as aforementioned, with both teams combining to go 6-for-24 in from three-point range in the opening half.

  Senior point guard Frank Howard was the lone Orange member in double-figures at the end of the first half, with 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting, including 2-for-3 from long range.

  Bulls' senior guard Jeremy Harris was atop all scorers on both teams with 11 points in the first half, going 4-for-9 from the field, 3-for-3 inside the arc to 1-for-6 from the outside.

  Syracuse's largest lead came with 9:29 before the break, ahead by nine, off of a dunk by junior shooting guard Tyus Battle that would place them ahead by the score of 20-11.

  At the half, the Orange were ahead by four in a closely-contested match-up, 36-32.

  Back-to-back threes from Howard and redshirt-junior guard/forward Elijah Hughes would get the Orange two possessions of separation, 44-39, inside 15 minutes to play in the game.

  Another shot from beyond the arc by Hughes elevated the Orange back to a two-possession lead, 48-42.

  With 9:40 to play, the Bulls would take their first lead of the entire game, up 50-48, off of a three-pointer by Harris, on an 8-0 run.

  True freshman point guard Jalen Carey would respond at the rim to tie the game at 50 apiece, but senior guard C.J. Massinburg would knock down a three immediately, moving Buffalo back ahead, now 53-50.

  After a turnover by Carey, Battle would connect on his own deep shot to tie the match-up once again, at 53-53.

  Off of a missed three by Harris, junior guard Davonta Jordan would gain the offensive rebound among two Orange players and put it up at the rim, giving the Bulls a 55-53 advantage.

  Massinburg would attack the paint from there, putting his body into Hughes and connecting off the glass plus the following free throw to extend Buffalo to a 58-53 lead.

  Sophomore forward Oshae Brissett's jumper with 6:15 to go would shorten the Bulls' lead to one possession, 58-55.

  Senior guard Dontay Caruthers fouled out with 4:25 to play, placing Battle on the line, where Battle would go 2-for-2 to make it a two-point deficit for the Orange, 59-57.

  After sohomore forward Marek Dolezaj missed the front end of his one-and-one opportunity, Jordan came back and nailed a deep shot to extend the Bulls' advantage out to 62-57.

  The Orange allowed an offensive rebound to the Bulls, with senior forward Nick Perkins pulling it down in the paint, leading to a layup by Massinburg to move the Bulls out to a 64-57 advantage with 2:34 to go.

  Brissett would miss two free throws, putting Syracuse at 5-for-13 from the charity stripe with 2:23 left on the game clock, the Orange missing eight free throws and being down by seven.

  Massinburg would come right down the court and cash in from beyond the arc to give the Bulls a double-digit lead for the first time in the game, ahead 67-57.  Of his 25 total points, Massinburg scored 19 of his total in the second half.

  With under two minutes to go, Buffalo had out-rebounded Syracuse 44 to 33 overall, with twice as many offensive rebounds as the Orange, 18 to nine.

  Massinburg led all Buffalo players and everyone from both teams with 25 points. Harris followed with 18 and Jordan and Perkins each had 10.




  Four Syracuse players closed the game in double-figures: Hughes with 16, Howard with 13, Battle with 11, and Brissett with 10. After scoring 10 in the first half, Howard would amount a mere three in the second.

  After going 4-for-4 from the free-throw line to end the contest, the Bulls would run the clock out on the Orange, sending the Orange their second-straight loss at home. Syracuse was 6-0 in the Dome before this two-game losing streak to Old Dominion and now Buffalo.

  The Bulls remain undefeated at 11-0, while the Orange fall to 7-4.

Jaguars Continue to Spiral on a Season Gone Awry

Posted on December 16, 2018 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

  Article by Dan Tortora

  The Jacksonville Jaguars' 2018-19 season began with a monumental victory.

  A win over the team that kept the Jaguars out of what would be their first-ever SuperBowl appearance just a few months before.

  In front of their hometown Duval crowd, Jacksonville opened the newly-named TIAA Bank Field with a defeat of the New England Patriots for the first time ever in the regular season, giving the Jaguars only their second win in 13 tries against the Patriots. This also served as Jacksonville's first win over Tom Brady.

  Then the wheels fell off.

  During this campaign, the Jaguars lost the following starters: wide receiver Marqise Lee, left tackle Cam Robinson, left guard Andrew Norwell, center Brandon Meester, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and tight end Niles Paul. Jacksonville has also been hampered by injuries that have come to their backup offensive linemen and at times to other starters, right guard A.J. Cann and right tackle Jermey Parnell. Jacksonville has also had to play without all of their special teams' returners, with wide receiver Jaydon Mickens and running back Corey Grant out for the season.

  With all of these protectors and weapons off the field, offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett was asked to do more with a whole lot less. The team would go on a seven-game losing streak and Hackett would be let go in only his second season as the official offensive coordinator of the team. Starting quarterback Blake Bortles would be benched at the same time, and the Jaguars would turn to former Cleveland Browns' quarterback Cody Kessler.

  Jacksonville had gone from winning a franchise-elevating game against New England to opening the doors to TIAA Bank Field for a home finale that saw the Jaguars already eliminated from playoff contention.

  The game between Jacksonville and the visiting Washington Redskins began with both teams trading punts before Redskins' kicker Dustin Hopkins connected from 46 yards away to put the first points of the game on the board, 3-0 Redskins, with 1:50 to go in the first quarter.

  Jacksonville began the game with a fumble by Kessler that was forced by linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and recovered by rookie nose tackle Daron Payne. The Jaguars would punt on three straight drives after that.

  Former Redskins' kicker Kai Forbath was signed this week by the Jaguars and made his first-ever field-goal try as a member of the Jaguars when he booted the ball home from 33 yards away to tie the game at 3-3 with 3:22 before half.

  Both teams combined to punt nine times in the first half of play, the Redskins with five and the Jaguars with four. 

  But Jacksonville punter Logan Cooke booted a beauty down the field on his fourth punt attempt, this from deep in his own territory to what would be the 18-yard line of Washington after punt-returner/wide receiver Maurice Harris would muff the return and recover the ball.

  The Redskins' fifth punt of the first half would go to punt-returner/wide receiver Dede Westbrook who fielded the ball and rolled out right, turning the corner and jetting forward with a final block from Greene aiding him into the end zone for a 74-yard return for a touchdown, giving the Jaguars their first lead of the game right before half, 10-7.

  Washington opened the second half by taking seven minutes and 28 seconds off the clock, capping their drive with a 33-yard field goal by Hopkins to bring the score to 10-6 Jacksonville with 7:32 to play in the third quarter.

  With under four minutes to go in the third quarter, rookie defensive end Taven Bryan, a Florida Gator, achieved his first National Football League (NFL) sack, taking down Redskins' quarterback Josh Johnson.

  Jaguars' cornerback D.J. Hayden ended the Redskins' drive when he got to Josh Johnson who was scrambling toward the first-down marker, forcing the Redskins to punt for the sixth time of the game and first time in the second half.

  With 15 minutes to play, Jacksonville had the ball on their own 42-yard line on 1st-&-15.

  During this drive, on 3rd-&-5, Kessler rushed for 21 yards for the first down and much more, getting to the Washington 27-yard line.

  Kessler would get Jacksonville to the 23-yard line and Forbath would connect on a 41-yard field goal to end the drive, placing the Jaguars ahead 13-6 with 11:16 to play.

  On the Redskins' next drive, wide receiver Jamison Crowder made an acrobatic play on the ball, tipping it up wtih his right hand and staying with it, reeling it in by the Jaguars' redzone.

  This drive would end would end by a pass from Johnson to tight end Jeremy Sprinkle who would roll out right and outrun middle linebacker Nick Deluca to the end zone for a six-yard touchdown that would tie the game at 13 all with 5:47 to go.

  On the first play of their following drive, Jacksonville would go to second-year running back Leonard Fournette who would fake left, drawing most of the players to that side and then switch fields for a 25-yard gain to midfield.

  Going run after run, the Jaguars then decided to throw on 3rd-&-6. Kessler, in a crowded pocket, got the ball out, finding Westbrook who went for a first down and more, but the play was negated due to an offensive pass interference penalty that made it 3rd-&-16 instead.

  Kessler would overthrow his receiver on the very next play and cornerback Fabian Moreau would intercept him, negating more than a play and instead negating the entire Jacksonville drive, giving Washington the ball on their own 45-yard line with under three minutes to go.

  Redskins' running back Adrian Peterson had 15 carries for 24 yards in the game before the Jaguars gave up 15 yards on one single carry inside 1:30 to play. Jacksonville allowed more yards on this final Redskins' drive to Peterson (27 yards) than the entire amount of time of play prior to this drive (24 yards).

  With three seconds to go, Hopkins sent his third field goal through the uprights, this from 36 yards away to win the game 16-13.

  Washington improves to 4-3 on the road and 7-7 overall, still in the hunt for a playoff berth.

  The Jaguars finish 3-4 at home and are now 4-10 on the season, a season just months removed from being four points away from a SuperBowl bid.

Revenge 37 Years in the Making

Posted on December 15, 2018 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (0)

  Article by Dan Tortora

  The Syracuse Orange men's basketball team played host to the Old Dominion Monarchs for the first time in 37 years when both teams met in the Dome for this non-conference match-up.

  Syracuse last faced Old Dominion in 1981, also in the Dome, with the Orange defeating the Monarchs 71-58. This was the first season that the Orange played in the Dome after moving from Manley Field House.

  Early on in the game, Syracuse senior point guard Frank Howard completed a four-point play that was followed by back-to-back threes by Old Dominion. Junior shooting guard Tyus Battle responded right back with a three of his own, placing the Orange ahead of the Monarchs, 10-7.

  With 12:41 remaining in the first half, the Monarchs took their first lead of the game when senior guard Ahmad Caver connected from long range to go ahead 13-12. 

  True freshman point guard Jalen Carey impressed as he has done throughout the early part of this season when he attacked the basket, making the bucket and the subsequent free throw, breaking the tie and placing the Orange ahead 16-13.

  But the Monarchs would come right back, beating the shot clock, to tie the game again, this time at 16 apiece, when freshman guard Jason Wade cashed in from long range.

  Syracuse went on a 5-0 run from there before Old Dominion senior center Elbert Robinson, III, muscled in between two Orange defenders for two and then came back down the court to fight his way to two more at the rim, bringing the score to 21-20 Orange.

  Battle would attack the rim after a Syracuse steal and then connect on a long two, followed by a three from redshirt-junior guard/forward Elijah Hughes to give the Orange a 12-0 run late in the first half.

  Sophomore guard Marquis Godwin would end that Orange run and his team's own offensive drought, making the final shot of the first half by either team, getting Old Dominion within 10 at the half, 33-23.

  Caver of Old Dominion opened the scoring of the second half for either side, with his make at the rim that brought Syracuse's lead to 33-25.

  With 18:49 to play, though, the Monarchs took a hit when Robinson picked up his fourth foul of the game.

  Just before the 16:30 mark of the second half, sophomore forward Oshae Brissett sent the ball up-court to Hughes who finished at the rim, giving the Orange a 36-28 advantage.

  Old Dominion began the second half on a 18-8 run to come from a 10-point deficit at the half to tying the contest at 41-41 with 10:19 to play. The tying bucket came from beyond the arc in the corner by Godwin.

  Conversely, the offense for the Orange was quiet, with their last field goal coming at the 13:21 mark of the second half, which was a jumper by sophomore forward Marek Dolezaj. The next field-goal make for Syracuse came on a goal-tend by Old Dominion on an attempt at the rim by Brissett with 8:53 to go, ending a drought of four minutes and 28 seconds with a field goal. Brissett's make at the rim gave the Orange a 46-43 lead.

  A three from Howard with 7:33 to play elevated the Orange to a two-possession lead, 50-46.

  Caver launched from deep and the net accepted the attempt, giving Old Dominion the lead 51-50 with 5:28 to go. With Caver's three, the Monarchs were on a 28-17 run from the open of the second half.

  Howard made one of his two shots at the free-throw line with the Orange in the double-bonus, tying the game at 51.

  Hughes would go 2-for-2 at the line shortly after to give the lead back to Syracuse, 53-51.

  Senior guard B.J. Stith was fouled by senior center Paschal Chukwu shooting a three and made all three of his free throws, giving Old Dominion the lead again, this time 54-53.

  Redshirt-sophomore Xavier Green would add to that, knocking down a three to raise the Monarchs to a 57-53 advantage with just under three minutes to go.

  Green would get another field goal on a goal-tend by Chukwu that followed Battle's 1-for-2 trip to the line, bringing the score to 59-54 Old Dominion.

  Brissett gave life to the Dome with a three that brought the Orange deficit to 59-57 with about two minutes left on the game clock.

  Stith was fouled on the inbounds that came after, making both of his free throws to give the Monarchs a 61-57 lead, followed by redshirt-junior forward Aaron Carver tacking two more on at the rim to bring the score to 63-57 Old Dominion.

  Battle's three with 1:06 to play made it a one-possession game again, this time at 63-60 Monarchs.

  Stith came through for Old Dominion on yet another crucial late-game possession on a jumper that moved the Monarchs out to a 65-60 advantage.

  Battle made both of his freebies with 41.2 seconds to go and it was back to a one-possession game, at 65-62.

  Caver went to the charity stripe on the other end and knocked down one of two.

  With 27.7 seconds to play, it was 66-62 Old Dominion.

  Stith would make another two free throws, going 10-for-11 at the line for the game.

  Syracuse would launch a plethora of shots but none would fall in the nylon.

  Old Dominion gets revenge 37 years in the making, 68-62, in the Dome over Syracuse.

  With the win, the Monarchs hand the Orange their first loss at home this season, bringing the Orange to 6-1 in the Dome.

  Old Dominion improves to 8-3 overall and Syracuse leaves the match-up at 7-3.

  Stitch led all Monarchs with 18, followed by Green with 15, and Godwin with 11. Each were an integral part of the comeback from down 10 at the break.

  Battle had 23 to lead the Orange, Hughes the lone other Syracuse player in double-figures with 15. Brissett and Howard each had nine.

  The Orange missed 12 free throws (22-for-34), and lost by six.