|Posted on February 5, 2019 at 10:05 PM|
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.