Bonnies Come Away with their First Win Ever at the Carrier Dome
St. Bonaventure escaped with their first win in the Carrier Dome. It was their first win over Syracuse since 1981, defeating Syracuse 60-57 in overtime Friday night.
The Bonnies won the defensive struggle and picked up a key win over the Orange that could loom large for both teams if they each find themselves on the bubble come Selection Sunday.
St. Bonaventure built a 40-33 halftime lead over Syracuse behind 21 points from Jaylen Adams and continued to play well throughout the early portion of the second half. The Bonnies took a 51-38 lead with 11:45 left in the game. With the Orange trailing by 13 for the second time in three games, Coach Boeheim decided to throw on the full-court press to see if his team could pull off another comeback.
The press made the difference throughout the remainder of the second stanza as the Orange got back in the game. Syracuse outscored St. Bonaventure 15-2 over the final 11:45, holding Adams to 0 points and forcing him into 5 turnovers over that stretch. Paschal Chukwu completed the comeback effort with an old-fashioned three-point play to tie the game at 53. Syracuse had a chance to win the game in the final seconds of regulation, but Tyus Battle missed a floater and Oshae Brissett failed to connect on the put-back attempt which sent the game to overtime.
Chukwu and Marek Dolezaj fouled out for the Orange in the extra session. Trailing by one, Brissett’s attempt at a game winning layup was waved off as he was called for a charge. The Bonnies connected on two free throws and Howard Washington’s 3-point attempt in the closing seconds was blocked to seal the 60-57 overtime win for the Bonnies.
Syracuse shot just 30% from the field and 16% from three in their second loss of the season. The trio of Frank Howard, Brissett, and Battle each played all 45 minutes. Howard led the Orange with 17 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals. Brissett recorded his sixth double-double of his freshman campaign with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Battle contributed with 11 points.
Dolezaj scored 9 points and grabbed 10 rebounds off the bench before fouling out.
Adams finished with 23 points for the Bonnies and was the only player to score in double figures for S. Bonaventure.
Friday’s loss to the Bonnies was eerily similar to Syracuse’s loss to Kansas earlier in the season, where the Orange offense looked abysmal and they only let one player, Devonte’ Graham, beat them on the opposite end.
Syracuse will look to rebound from Friday’s loss as they take on former Boeheim assistant, Rob Murphy, and Eastern Michigan on Wednesday, December 27 at the Carrier Dome in the non-conference finale. Tip-off is set for 7pm.