|Posted on November 15, 2022 at 9:00 PM|
Article by Dan Tortora
The Syracuse Orange and Colgate Raiders squared off for their 174th overall meeting, meeting in the Dome on a snowy Tuesday night in Centrral New York.
Losing 54 games in a row versus the Orange, the Raiders were on a mission last season, winning their first game against the Orange since 1962, by a score of 100-85.
Before that game, Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim had never lost to Colgate, with the previous Raiders' head-to-head win coming back on February 24, 1962, by a score of 67-63 during the 1961-62 season in Syracuse, New York.
True freshman point guard Judah Mintz would put the ball in the nylon first, giving the Orange a 2-0 lead just nine seconds into the game.
After two ties, the Raiders would take the lead, 8-5, off of a three at the 15:50 mark off the hands of senior guard Oliver Lynch-Daniels, and not looking back for the rest of the first half.
With approximately eight minutes off the first-half clock, Colgate had doubled the offensive output of Syracuse, ahead 18-9 on the road.
The Orange would come out of this break, at the 12:09 mark, on a 7-0 run to get within one possession, down 18-16, but the Raiders would respond with their own run, 6-0, to move out to a three-possession advantage, 24-16.
Sophomore transfer center Mounir Hima would break the Colgate run with an offensive rebound and putback to get Syracuse within two possessions.
However, junior guard Chandler Baker and senior guard Tucker Richardson cashed in on back-to-back shots from beyond the arc and just like that, were ahead by their largest margin of the game at the time, 12 points, up 30-18 with exactly seven minutes to go in the first half.
With under 5:30 remaining in the opening half, the Raiders were 8-for-17 from long range, accumulating 24 of their 35 points from three-point land.
The two New York-based teams would head into the locker room with Colgate leading convincingly 44-30.
Their largest lead of the half was 18, 42-24.
Colgate went 15-for-32 in the first half, Syracuse 11-for-31. From deep, the Raiders were 11-for-21 while the Orange were 5-for-13. Five Colgate players made at least one three-pointer in the first half: Richardson was 5-for-7, Lynch-Daniels 3-for-4, Baker 2-for-4, and freshman guard Braedan Smith 1-for-4.
The Orange were out-rebounded in the first half, 21 to 19.
Colgate was the first to score out of the halftime hiatus, with senior forward Ryan Moffatt becoming the fifth player on the Raiders to make a deep shot in this contest.
After Richardon's sixth three-pointer of the night, Colgate was just shy of being ahead by 20, 57-39, at the 14:18 mark of the second half.
With 9:27 remaining in the match-up, sophomore forward Benny Williams would knock down both of his free throws to get the Orange within 12, 62-50. At this point in the game, Williams had 15 points on 5-for-10 shooting, including 1-fof-3 from deep, 4-for-4 at the charity stripe, five rebounds, one steal, and one foul. He would finish with 17 points, playing in 38 of 40 minutes, going 6-for-12, with eight rebounds, one block, one steal, and one assist.
Syracuse would not regain the lead in the entire second half, losing it with 15:50 remaining in the first half and never seeing it for the final 35+ minutes as Colgate takes down Syracuse for the second season in a row, and by double-digits once again, this time by a score of 80-68.
Colgate advances ahead to 3-1 with the victory, while Syracuse falls to .500 at 1-1.
The Raiders made 50% of their threes in the game, going 19-for-38.
Richardson ended the night 7-for-11 from long range, followed by Moffatt's 4-for-6, Lynch-Daniels' 4-for-8, Baker's 2-for-5, and Smith's 2-for-7.
The overall record is still well in favor of the Orange, 127-47, but the Raiders winning two years in a row now stings, leaving Orange fans in a place they have not been since the 1960s, the last time period where Colgate won multiple games in a row, winning twice in 1960-61 and again in the following 1961-62 season.