|Posted on January 18, 2022 at 11:25 PM|
Article by Dan Tortora
Donned all in Orange, we saddled up to bear the cold as we walked the hill once again to the Carrier Dome.
A win would aid the Clemson Tigers in remaining above the Syracuse Orange in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) standings, while a victory for Syracuse would leap-frog them over Clemson to #10 in the ACC leaderboard of 15 member schools.
The Tigers got out early to a 4-0 lead.
But the Orange would respond to get their first lead of the game in the initial three minutes of play when junior guard Joe Girard, III, knocked down hi first three-point attempt of the contest, putting the Orange ahead 7-6.
Graduate center Bourama Sidibe would hear love from the hometown crowd as the unfortunately injury-plagued big man came onto the floor at the 16:30 mark.
Syracuse would go on an 11-2 run following the aforementioned 4-0 Clemson lead, moving out to an 11-6 advantage.
Sidibe had his one-handed attempt bounce into the nylon, getting on the board offensively at 13-8 Orange before coming out after spending less than two minutes on the floor.
Less than seven minutes into the game, Syracuse was 4-for-5 from long range, with Girard accounting for two of them, senior shooting guard Buddy Boeheim for one, and senior forward Cole Swider with one, helping to extend the Orange out to a double-digit lead, 19-9, at the 13:43 mark.
Clemson would go on a run themselves, 9-0, to shrink their deficit to two, 23-21.
Graduate forward Jimmy Boeheim would end the Tigers' run with two inside, moving ahead by two possessions, 25-21.
A "Swider Swat" at the rim would turn into a fast-break on the other end, but Girard's basket would be waved off as a result of him being called for an offensive foul at the rim.
Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim woulod try different lineups at the 8:57 mark (Junior guard Symir Torrence in for the first time, joining Girard, Buddy Boeheim, Jimmy Boeheim, and junior center Jesse Edwards), where Clemson would out-score Syracuse 4-2, and at the 6:33 mark (True freshman forward Benny Williams and freshman center Frank Anselem would enter for the first time, Swider came back in, and Torrence and Buddy Boeheim remained on the floor), where Clemson would go on a 9-6 run to take their first lead, 34-33, since the 17:18 mark when they were ahead 6-4.
Boeheim would change the lineup two more times before halftime, switching in Edwards for Anselem, and keeping Torrence, Williams, Swider, and Buddy Boeheim with 3:17 remaining. The teams would tie 3-3 with this lineup in.
At the 1:42 mark, Boeheim went back to his starting five and the Orange went on a 4-2 run.
A three by Buddy Boeheim at the 1:14 mark, part of that 4-2 run, would be the final points scored of the opening half, and the field goal would lift the Orange above the Tigers by a single point, 40-39, as the teams headed into their respective locker rooms. Buddy Boeheim was 3-for-5 from beyond the arc in the first half.
At the half, Syracuse was 6-for-11 from long range, with Girard at 2-for-2, Swider at 1-for-3, and Torrence 0-for-1 to follow Buddy Boeheim.
Clemson went 4-for-13 from distance, with six players attempting at least one three. Sophomore guard Chase Hunter was their best shooter from three-point range in the first half, going 2-for-4.
Girard, who went scoreless in the second half a game ago, got the Orange on the board first in the second half of this match-up on a corner three less than 20 seconds into the half.
Just inside five minutes into the second half, junior guard Al-Amir Dawes would respond to Girard going 3-for-3 at the line by connecting from long range for three of his own, cutting the Orange lead to two, 52-50.
Syracuse would respond with an 11-4 run to rise up to a 64-54 lead with 12:30 left in the game.
Boeheim would keep his starting five of Girard, Buddy Boeheim, Swider, Jimmy Boeheim, and Edwards in for almost half of the second period, where the Orange out-scored the Tigers 25-21 for a score of 65-60.
The first sub for Syracuse in the second half came at the 10:15 mark, with Torrence returning to the court.
Inside six minutes remaining, the Tigers would play hot potato, moving the ball quickly all over the floor, trying to get a look, but the Orange defense got everywhere and Edwards achieved a block and takeaway to keep the Orange ahead 78-70.
In a span of less than a minute, Edwards dunked it home and then grabbed an offensive rebound that led to an old-fashioned three-point play at the rim, securing a double-double for Edwards at 13 points and 11 rebounds.
He would foul out at the 1:03 mark, ending the night with 15 points (4-for-6 from the field and 7-for-10 at the line), 11 rebounds (4 offensive and 7 defensive), four blocks, one assist, and no turnovers, playing in 34 minutes.
With 25 seconds left in the contest, Jimmy Boeheim would grab a defensive rebound, giving him 10 total rebounds to go with 13 points, as he joined teammate Edwards with a double-double of his own.
Girard responded to a scoreless second half a game ago by scoring 15 of his 23 total points in the second half of this contest.
Buddy Boeheim led the Orange with 25 points, his ninth game of at least 20 points this season. Syracuse is 7-2 when Buddy Boeheim scores 20 points or more in this 2021-22 campaign.
After scoring 40 in the first half, Syracuse upped the ante in the seocnd half, scoring 51 while allowing the same amount of points in each half (39) to Clemson, en route to a 91-78 victory.
Sophomore forward/center PJ Hall, graduate guard David Collins, and Hunter all scored in double-figures for Clemson, with 19, 18, and 11, respectively.
The win gets the Orange back to .500 at 9-9 overall and moves them above the Tigers in the ACC standings at 10th of 15 schools, with an ACC record of 3-4.
With the loss, the Tigers are now 10-8 overall and 2-5 in conference play in the ACC.