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Syracuse Offense Surges in 2nd Chance vs. Wake Forest

Posted on January 29, 2022 at 10:15 PM

  Article by Dan Tortora

  The Syracuse Orange (9-11) played host on a cold Saturday night in Central New York to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (17-4) for their 12th match-up all-time, with the Orange winning nine of their 11 previous head-to-head contests.

  Syracuse had won four games in a row against Wake Forest before Wake Forest took the most recent match-up 77-74 in overtime in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

  They entered the Carrier Dome as exact opposites in conference standings, with Syracuse 3-6 and Wake Forest 6-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

  Neither team led by double-digits in the first half, with Wake Forest getting out to as much as an eight-point advantage and Syracuse extending out to a four-point lead.

  A three from Syracuse senior shooting guard Buddy Boeheim tied the game at 29 apiece.

  Buddy Boeheim would knock down his second deep shot in a row to take the lead at 32-31 late in the first half.

  Graduate forward/center Dallas Walton came right back with a jumper for the Demon Deacons to move Wake Forest back ahead, 33-32.

  There were four lead changes in total in the opening half.

  The Demon Deacons would end the first half making four-straight field goals, going into the break with a 42-39 lead.

  Syracuse would begin the second half with back-to-back jumpers, retaking the lead, 43-42.

  After a jumper by Buddy Boeheim that made it 46-45 at the 17:56 mark, the Orange would never rescind the lead.

  They would start 5-for-6 from the field to expand out to a two-possession lead, 51-45, forcing Wake Forest to take a timeout at the 16:47 mark.

  The Orange continued to pour on the offense, making 10 field goals on 12 tries to begin the second half, extending out to a 61-48 advantage.

  Syracuse continued to charge forward in the second half, elevating up to a 20-plus-point lead at the 7:58 mark when graduate forward Jimmy Boeheim went inside for a layup that brought the score to 76-55.

  With a little over a minute to play, Orange Head Coach Jim Boeheim would send out sophomore forward Chaz Owens along with walk-ons to close out the game.

  Walk-ons Paddy Casey, a graduate guard from Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Arthur Cordes, a sophomore guard from Wallingford, Connecticut, would add one field goal apiece to end the scoring for the Orange, Casey with a layup and Cordes with a three to beat the buzzer, as the Orange rolled in this one, 94-72.

  Buddy Boeheim led all scorers on both teams with 30, making six field goals outside the arc (6-for-11) and six inside the arc (6-for-10).

  Syracuse is now 8-3 this season when Buddy Boeheim scores at least 20 points.

  As a team, the Orange made 10 more field goals in the second half than in the first (23 to 13).

  With the victory, Syracuse moves to 4-6 in the ACC and 10-11 overall.

  Wake Forest is now 6-4 in the ACC and 17-5 on the season as a whole.

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

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