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Elijah Hughes Shines, Orange Move to 5-0 at Home

Posted on December 4, 2018 at 9:05 PM

  Article by Dan Tortora

  The Syracuse Orange men's basketball team welcomed the Northeastern Huskies to the Dome with a three on their first possession by redshirt-junior guard/forward Elijah Hughes, followed by a steal and finish by senior point guard Frank Howard.

  Hughes' three came after senior center Paschal Chukwu "Chuked-Out" the Huskies, blocking their chance at the rim.

  Syracuse would follow their 5-0 start with two alley-oops, the first from sophomore forward Oshae Brissett to Chukwu and then Howard repaid the favor by going up for Brissett who slammed it home at the rim himself.

  But Northeastern fought to a 12-10 lead thanks to their outside shooting, with both teams starting 3-for-5 from long range. The three by redshirt-junior guard Jordan Roland gave the Huskies their first lead of the game (12-10).

  Hughes received the ball from Howard in transition and attacked the rim with a tough-angle make plus the following free throw to reinstate the Orange to the leader position, at 15-12.

  Inside 12 minutes to go in the first half, Syracuse missed seven straight jump shots. The Orange dry spell would go from the 12:50 mark to 5:44 remaining in the first half, a span of seven minutes and six seconds without a single point.

  Sophomore forward Marek Dolezaj would stop the offensive drought when he picked up the offensive rebound off the ground and hit a short right-handed jumper in the lane to make it 23-19 Orange.

  At the half, Syracuse led Northeastern 35-23 after a close miss on the half-court heave by true freshman guard Jalen Carey.

  Hughes began the second half just as he did the first, with a three on the first possession for the Orange, providing a 37-23 lead. He had nine points in less than seven minutes to start the game, reaching double-digits on that first three to open the second half.

  With about nine minutes remaining in the contest, Hughes had 17 points, four rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block.

  True freshman guard Buddy Boeheim would connect from beyond the arc after a dish from fellow freshman Carey to extend the Orange out to a 20-point advantage, 55-35.

  With 7:33 left on the game clock, Syracuse had 13 offensive rebounds and 15 second-chance points.

  On his first possession of the game around the five-minute mark, true freshman forward Robert Braswell sent a three from the corner through the nylon of the net, giving all true freshman points for the Orange in the game.

  The fans asked for tacos, and Buddy Boeheim obliged, hitting a three to give Syracuse a 70-47 lead, and everyone who has a ticket a free taco thanks to the Orange reaching 70 total points.

  Nine of 10 players who were on the floor versus the Huskies scored, with the lone player not to score being sophomore forward/center Bourama Sidibe, who went 0-for-1 in five minutes.

  After leading 12-10 in the first half, as aforementioned, the Huskies never led in the game again.

  Three Syracuse players ended the match-up in double-figures, Brissett with 21, Hughes with 17, and Boeheim with 11, en route to a 72-49 victory to extend the Orange to 5-0 at home and 6-2 overall.

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

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