|Posted on January 25, 2021 at 9:05 PM|
Article by Dan Tortora
The Syracuse Orange, coming off of a win over another Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) foe based in Virginia, the Virginia Tech Hokies, who were ranked 16th in the Associated Press Poll and 14th in the Coaches' Poll at the time of play, faced off against the Virginia Cavaliers in this match-up, a team also ranked in the nation's Top 25, at eighth overall in both polls.
Syracuse began the game on a 6-2 run.
Virginia would respond with a run of their own, 12-0, getting out to a 14-6 advantage at the 12:43 mark of the first half.
The Cavaliers got out to their largest lead in the first half, 12, when redshirt-senior forward Sam Hauser connected from long range to bring the score to 30-18 with 5:34 remaining in the opening period.
Virginia never gave the advantage back after taking it at the 15:40 mark of the first half off of an offensive rebound by Hauser that led to a second attempt by junior guard Trey Murphy, III, that made it 8-6 Cavaliers, their first lead of the contest.
At the half, Virginia led 35-26 on a Syracuse team that came in on a two-game winning streak where they defeated the Miami Hurricanes by 26 and the Virginia Tech Hokies by 18.
The second half was not much prettier for the Orange, as they got within 11 on four separate occasions but never reclaimed the lead, nor even got their deficit down to single digits.
Syracuse would fall 81-58, a 23-point loss coming just a couple games after their last road contest, which was a 20-point loss, 96-76, to the Pittsburgh Panthers.
With the win, the Cavaliers remain the only undefeated team in ACC play of the 15 member schools, at 7-0, while the Orange move back below the equator line at 3-4 in the conference. Virginia got to 11-2 overall from this victory and Syracuse would pick up their fifth loss of the season, placing them at 9-5 overall.
Hauser and redshirt-senior forward Jay Huff each ended the game with 21 points to top all Cavaliers, followed by Murphy with 16 and freshman guard Reece Beekman with 10. Huff closed out the contest with a double-double, adding 12 rebounds to his 21 points in 32 minutes of play; he went 8-for-11 from the field, including making the only three he attempted and going 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.
Sophomore forward Quincy Guerrier led the way for the Orange with 15 points, followed by the only other Syracuse player to attain double-figures in scoring, junior forward Alan Griffin, with 13.