|Posted on February 19, 2022 at 1:55 PM|
Article by Dan Tortora
Olivia de Havilland would know all about this day in Central New York, as many as us tried to not be "Gone with the Wind" as we walked against the breath of Mother Nature en route to the Carrier Dome to see the Syracuse Orange men's basketball team take on the visiting Boston College Eagles.
Syracuse came into the match-up even in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) at 7-7, and above .500 overall at 13-12.
Boston College entered the new-look Carrier Dome at 4-10 in the ACC and 9-15 overall.
The Orange would get out to their first double-digit lead, 18-8, off of a layup by graduate center Bourama Sidibe at the 10:24 mark.
There was a lull in scoring, with the board frozen at 21-13 Orange for almost two minutes, from 9:29 to the 7:35 mark.
Syracuse would thaw out that ice with a 13-2 run that would extend them out to a 34-15 advantage with 3:33 to go before halftime.
The stat line that could not have been more clear is the one that showed both teams taking 29 shots, with Syracuse making double that of Boston College, 15-for-29 to Boston College's 7-for-29.
Sidibe grabbed an offensive rebound by a minute left in the first half and had four of five defenders around him as he fought inside. He ended the opening half with three rebounds, two steals, one block, and one turnover in 10 minutes.
The Orange would head into the locker room ahead by 15, 36-21, on the Eagles. They led by as many as 21 in the first half, while the Eagles never held the advantage for the entire 20 minutes of the opening half of play.
Boston College would go on a 10-0 run in the second half to shrink a 22-point deficit to 12, 48-36, with 11:47 to play in the contest.
With 8:22 to play in the game, graduate forward Jimmy Boeheim grabbed an offensive rebound to give him nine total to go with his 10 points, leaving him one rebound away from a double-double on the day.
A three by Jimmy Boeheim at the 5:52 mark would make him the fourth player on the Orange to connect from beyond the arc in the game, joining brother Buddy Boeheim, a senior shooting guard, as well as senior forward Cole Swider and junior guard Joe Girard, III.
Jimmy Boeheim would attain a double-double when he pulled down a defensive rebound at the 5:27 mark of the second half, giving him 10 total rebounds to go with his 13 points.
Syracuse would benefit from strong shooting performances by numerous players, with Buddy Boeheim going 7-for-14, Cole Swider 7-for-13, and Jimmy Boeheim 6-for-9.
As in the first half, the Orange would never be behind, going all 40 minutes without playing from behind.
Junior point guard and Central New York native, Symir Torrence, would steal the ball from the Eagles' freshman guard Kanye Jones and send it down the court to graduate guard Paddy Casey from Scranton, Pennsylvania, who would elevate for a layup and connect on the free throw that came with it, giving the Orange their final score of the game and aiding them to a 20-point victory, 76-56.
The win moves Syracuse above the equator line in the ACC at 8-7 and to 14-12 overall.
Boston College falls to 4-11 in ACC play, and 9-16 overall.
Buddy Boeheim and Swider led all players on both teams, with 18 points apiece, Buddy going 2-for-8 from deep and Swider going 3-for-5. Girard followed with 16 on 6-for-13 shooting and 4-for-8 from the three-point line and Jimmy Boeheim with 13.
Senior forward/center James Karnik led all Eagles with 11, followed by sophomore guard Demarr Langford, Jr., and junior forward Quinten Post, each with 10.