Syracuse Holds Off Buffalo
Syracuse was able to fend off a late rally by Buffalo to come away with an 81-74 win at the Carrier Dome Tuesday night. Buffalo was tough and physical all night. The game featured eight lead changes in the last nine minutes of the game. Syracuse used a 14-6 run in the final 3 minutes to seal the victory.
The Orange defense was solid, holding the Bulls to just 37.7% shooting, but Syracuse struggled to keep Buffalo off the offensive glass as the Bulls came down with 16 offensive rebounds. Syracuse had an 8-3 advantage in blocked shots, all of which were swatted away by Paschal Chukwu.
Nick Perkins led the way for Buffalo as he scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, six of which came of the offensive end.
Offensively, Syracuse used a balanced attack and shot 50% from the field to come away with the win. The Orange converted on 83% of their free throw attempts. Oshae Brissett led the Orange with 25 points and 8 rebounds. The freshman forward tallied a career-high 25 points for the second straight game and set the Dome record for free throws made by a Syracuse player. Brissett was 16-for-16 from the charity stripe on the night.
Frank Howard finished with 18 points and 4 assists; Matthew Moyer recorded 12 points and 9 rebounds in the win.
Buffalo face-guarded Tyus Battle continuously and made it tough for him to get into a rhythm, but he still managed to finished with 13 points, 3 assists, and 4 steals.
Throughout the game, Brissett, Howard, Moyer, Battle, and Marek Dolezaj were all seen grimacing in pain due to the physical play. The Orange will need to recover quickly from the bumps and bruises they suffered in this game, as they are set to take on St. Bonaventure on Friday at the Carrier Dome. Tip-off is set for 7pm.