|Posted on November 27, 2020 at 5:20 PM|
Article by Dan Tortora
Syracuse Orange men's basketball opened up their 2020-21 season with their first game under the new roof of the Dome. They barely got out of it with a win, though.
The Bryant Bulldogs got on the board first and Central New York native Charles Pride would be a part of their 6-0 start when he knocked down a three-pointer at the 19:16 mark of the first half.
Bryant, overall, would make their first six fied-goal attempts of the contest.
They would start the game on a 9-1 run on Syracuse.
Despite multiple times and one-possession moments, the Orange did not take the lead within the first 15 minutes of play.
Back-to-back jumpers by senior forward Marek Dolezaj would move the Orange to a tie with the Bulldogs at 34 apiece at the 5:24 mark of the first half.
A shot from beyond the arc by junior guard Buddy Boeheim gave Syracuse their first lead of the game at the 4:56 mark of the first half, which made it 37-34.
If not for a three before the halftime-buzzer by Boeheim, Syracuse would have taken a double-digit deficit to the locker room. Instead, they went to recharge down seven at home, 51-44, to Bryant.
The Orange had six layup attempts in the first half, making only one of those attempts.
Conversely, the Bulldogs had 10 attempted layups and made eight of them. On top of that, they attempted three dunks to none by the Orange, making one of them.
Syracuse took 23 deep shots in the first half, making seven of them.
Bryant attempted nine less shots than Syracuse, and went 52.8% from the field as opposed to Syracuse's 31.1%.
Pride, who started the game for the Bulldogs, had eight points in 15 minutes on 3-of-5 shooting. He had four rebounds, all defensive, one assist, and no turnovers in the first half.
Bryant began the second half as they did the opening half, being the first to score, and by a layup once again, this time coming from redshirt-junior guard Peter Kiss; redshirt-senior forward Hall Elisias accounted for the layup that began the first-half scoring for either side.
Orange head coach Jim Boeheim would call a timeout at the 16:55 mark of the second half following Pride's putback lay-in that gave the Bulldogs a 12-point advantage, 60-48. That make by Pride gave him double-figures in scoring on the day, with 10 points at this time.
Syracuse would be on the wrong side of a 13-point advantage in the second half, 63-50, but would respond by going on a 12-2 run that shrunk the Bryant lead to a mere three points, 65-62, with 11:58 to play.
Almost four minutes later, at the 8:11 mark, the Orange were back within one possession, this time down one, 73-72, following back-to-back three-point makes by Boeheim.
Sophomore guard Joe Girard, III, would get Syracuse over the hump with a three of his own that gave the Orange their first lead of the second half, and first lead since 37-34, when his deep shot moved the Orange ahead 75-73.
The Bulldogs would respond with a 5-2 run where Pride would knock down his attempt from beyond the arc, moving Bryant back out ahead, 78-77.
Down two, Girard saw transfer junior forward Alan Griffin heading toward the hoop and sent him a pass that Griffin somehow grabbed with his right hand and inserted into the rim, tying the game at 80 with 3:#4 left on the game clock.
Junior guard Chris Childs purposely fouled Dolezaj with 22 second remaining.
Dolezaj responded by going 2-for-2 to extend the Orange out to a three-point lead, 85-82.
Sophomore guard Michael Green, III's, jumper placed Bryant behind by one once again, this time at 85-84.
The Bulldogs would take two shots in their final time on the offensive end, but neither would fall, getting Syracuse out of this one by the skin of the Orange.
Syracuse had four players total double-digits in scoring, with two players accumulating at least 20 points. Boeheim had 23, followed by Dolezaj with 20, Guerrier with 15, and Griffin, in his Orange debut, with 14.
Bryant had five players finish in double-figures in scoring; Childs led the way with 18, followed by Pride and Green each with 15, Kiss with 12, and Elisias with 11.