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

Posted on January 24, 2019 at 9:55 PM

  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.

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

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