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It Just Wasn't Their Night: Orange Fall to the Bonnies

Posted on December 22, 2017 at 9:45 PM

  Article by Dan Tortora

  At Syracuse Orange men's basketball games, Orange fans do not sit down until the first field goal is scored by Syracuse.

  In this game versus the visiting St. Bonaventure Bonnies, it took all of 15 seconds before the Orange fans could sit and relax in their seats, thanks to sophomore shooting guard Tyus Battle's three-pointer at 19:45.

  Well, sit but not really relax.

  Syracuse's next nine possessions would end without a field goal, with junior center Paschal Chukwu being charged with an offensive foul off of an offensive rebound attempt, followed by four misses from the field and three turnovers.

  St. Bonaventure took advantage by taking the lead, a lead they would hold onto for all but three occasions in the first half. Syracuse would regain the lead at the 10:22 mark when true freshman forward Oshae Brissett went 2-for-3 at the line, at the 9:02 mark off of a layup by true freshman forward Marek Dolezaj, and at the 7:26 mark when Brissett went 2-for-2 at the line.

  But the Bonnies would hold the advantage for 14 minutes and 55 seconds of the 20-minute opening half, including at the half, ahead 40-33. That lead was largely aided by their 6-for-11 performance from beyond the arc, with senior guard Jaylen Adams going 4-for-5 from three-point territory in the first half. Adams had 21 points to with five rebounds in the first half, playing in all 20 minutes; 21 of his 23 points came in the first half.

  The Orange committed five turnovers in the first half, giving up seven points off of them to the Bonnies, while going 9-for-16 from the charity stripe (56.3%), two ingredients that will bring about the opposite of success.

  Then Syracuse began the second half the way that they did the first, with an early three and then blunder after blunder after blunder. Following junior point guard Frank Howard's three-pointer within the first minute, Howard would turn the ball over twice, Battle would be called for an offensive foul, and the 7'2" Chukwu would fail to complete a dunk attempt.

  During that time, just as in the early portion of the first half, St. Bonaventure would make a run, 9-0 to be exact, before Brissett's layup at the 12:12 mark would break the drought for the Orange.

  Syracuse would connect on a mere three field goals n the first 12 minutes of the second half.

  With 3:58 to play, second-half points for the Orange were split pretty evenly, with nine coming off of field goals and eight coming at the free-throw line.

  The Orange would go 5-for-21 from the field in the second half.

  At the free-throw line, however, they were 9-for-12 in the second period.

   But the somber play of the offense from the field in the second half reared its ugly head again when the Orange missed back-to-back tries at the rim before the buzzer sounded that sent the Orange and the Bonnies into overtime at the Dome after an ugly offensive outing for both in the second half of the game, where the Bonnies scored 13 and the Orange amounted 20 points.

   The offensive woes continued into the extra period, but Syracuse did not give up, grabbing three offensive rebounds to follow their opening possession of overtime, finally scoring inside thanks to Dolezaj. This 55-53 lead marked Syracuse's first advantage on the scoreboard since 7:26 remaining in the first half; the Orange never led in all 20 minutes of the second half.

  Thanks to their tenacity on the boards that ended with the aforementioned Dolezaj layup, the Orange took almost two minutes off of the overtime clock.

  With under 30 seconds to play, Brissett attacked the basket with a tough attempt that fell inside the nylon of the net. but it was waved off due to an offensive foul, a call that would take the game from a potential one-point Syracuse lead and keep it at 58-57 in favor of St. Bonaventure with 11.9 seconds to play.

  Syracuse's well-subpar shooting followed them into overtime, with the Orange going 2-for-10 before the last-second heave by Howard.

  S. Bonaventure did not have to be concerned about their field-goal percentage in the extra period, as they made all of their points in overtime from the line, going an impressive 7-for-8 to defeat the Orange inside the Dome in this New York-based contest, 60-57.

  Through two halves and the overtime, Syracuse combined to make 18 of their 60 attempts, moving to 10-2 on the season, with this their first loss at home in the 2017-18 campaign..

  It simply wasn't their night.

Categories: Syracuse Orange Men's Basketball, Atlantic Coast Conference, NCAA

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