|Posted on December 3, 2019 at 8:55 PM|
Article by Dan Tortora
The Syracuse Orange would return home to the Dome after losing both of their "NIT Season Tip-off" games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, versus the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Penn State Nittany Lions to host the Iowa Hawkeyes for the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Syracuse would take the early advantage and hold onto the lead or be tied for the 4:10 of play until Joe Wieskamp connected from long range to make it 10-7 Iowa at the 15:49 mark.
There were five ties and nine lead changes before the break.
Syracuse's last lead was 26-25 at the 2:45 mark off of a three by sophomore guard Buddy Boeheim.
Iowa took a 30-29 edge into halftime after both squads failed to score in the final 1:28 of play.
Early on in the second half, the Orange failed to protect the rim at a time where the Hawkeyes went cashing in from deep as well, resulting in the Hawkeyes staving off the Orange and moving out to a 42-36 lead with a little over four minutes played in the half.
That lead would balloon to double-digits for Iowa, 49-38, just before the 12-minute mark of the second half.
Syracuse would go on a drought that lasted seven minutes and 24 seconds from the 16:10 mark where junior forward/center Bourama Sidibe made a layup to 8:46 remaining when redshirt-junior forward Elijah Hughes connected from beyond the arc. That three by Hughes got the Orange to within 15, down 56-41.
After being down a mere one point at halftime, the Orange would be out-scored 38-25 in the second half.
One of the rare highlights of the second half for Syracuse was the play of junior guard Howard Washington, Jr., who knocked down a three and then stole the ball and elevated for the transition layup shortly after.
The loss moved the Orange to .500 on the season at 4-4, riding a three-game losing streak, to the aforementioned Oklahoma State and Penn State, and now Iowa.
Iowa, on the other hand, improved to 6-2, with this being their first true road win of the season.
Three Hawkeyes ended in double-figures, with junior center Luka Garza leading the way with 23 points, followed by senior guard Jordan Bohannon with 17 and sophomore guard Joe Wiescamp with 13.
Syracuse junior forward Marek Dolezaj led the Orange with 12, followed by Hughes with 10.