|Posted on March 4, 2019 at 9:00 PM|
Article by Dan Tortora
On "Senior Night", the Syracuse Orange came into the Dome with a 5-6 all-time record against the visiting Virginia Cavaliers.
Syracuse's most notable win over Virginia came back in 2016 when Syracuse were down by double-figues and came all the way back to defeat then 1-seeded Virginia in Chicago, Illinois, in the Elite Eight for the right to advance to the Final Four in Houston, Texas.
Celebrating his "Senior Night", senior center Paschal Chukwu slammed home two buckets before the halfway point of the first half to go with his two free throws that began the scoring for either side in the game that had placed the Orange up 2-0.
From ahead 3-2 to up 19-17, the Cavaliers had a span where the only field goals they made were from beyond the arc, with junior guard Ty Jerome accounting for three of them, junior guard Kyle Guy had two, and redshirt-sophomore guard De'Andre Hunter with one.
Before the nine-minute mark of the first half, there were nine lead changes in the game.
True freshman shooting guard Buddy Boeheim entered the game at the 10:33 mark, and a couple minutes into his time on the court, he nailed a three to give the Orange a 22-21 lead, the 10th lead change of the first half.
Buddy Boeheim would cash in with a one-hander in the lane and a three to follow, giving Syracuse a 31-25 advantage inside five minutes before half, and giving Boeheim eight points since coming in at the 10:33 mark.
He came out of the game at the 2:53 mark, after playing almost a full eight minutes where he attained his aforementioned eight points.
The Cavaliers would go on a 7-0 run from there to regain the lead at 32-31, off of yet another three by Guy, his third of the game in four tries.
But senior point guard Frank Howard would make his own deep ball in response as the last field goal in the first half by either side, giving Syracuse the lead at 34-32 going into the locker rooms.
In total, there were 14 lead changes in the first half, seven in favor of the Cavaliers and the other seven in favor of the Orange.
Syracuse took little time to score in the second half, opening it up with a score by sophomore forward Oshae Brissett on the first possession. This bucket matched Brissett's entire total of the first half, which was two points.
Guy would make his fourth three-pointer of the game to give Virginia the lead back, at 37-36, but redshirt-junior guard/forward Elijah Hughes would answer with a tough take to the rim to get Syracuse back ahead, 38-37.
Boeheim was the first off the bench for the Orange in the second half, checking in by the 17-minute mark with Howard going out.
After a three by Battle, the Cavaliers would go on an 11-0 run that would bring them from down one to ahead by double-digits, up 10, 53-43, with under 10:30 to play.
Boeheim would break the 11-0 run with a three in the corner, the first field goal for the Orange in over five minutes (from 15:11 to the 9:44 mark), to bring the score to 53-46 Cavaliers.
Syracuse, however, would go on yet another scoring drought right after, this of over four minutes (from 9:44 to the 5:06 mark) between Boeheim's three at the 9:44 mark and Hughes deep shot at 5:06.
But at this time, the Cavaliers were ahead by 20, 69-49, having gone on a 37-15 run in the second half at this point.
The Orange would go 8-for-25 (32%) from three-point range, while the Cavaliers would finish 18-for-25 (72%).
Virginia would out-score Syracuse 47 to 19 in the second half en route to a 79-53 victory.
Guy led all scorers on either side with 25, going 8-for-10 from the field, all from beyond the arc. Hunter followed with 21, going 5-for-7 from deep and Jerome with 16, going 5-for-6 from three-point range. As a trio, they combined to go 18-for-23 from distance.
Battle and Hughes each led the Orange with 11 apiece.
Syracuse seniors Chukwu and Howard finished with eight and six, respectively.
The Cavaliers keep control of the all-time record over the Orange at 7-5.
With the win, Virginia also improves to 27-2 overall and 15-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), with their only two losses coming against the Duke Blue Devils in-conference.
Syracuse will move to 19-11 overall and 10-7 in ACC play.