|Posted on December 22, 2018 at 4:10 PM|
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.