Syracuse Suffers a Bad Loss on the Road
Coming off a big win over Virginia Tech on New Year’s Eve, the Syracuse Orange suffered a 73-67 setback against Wake Forest on the road Wednesday night.
Wake Forest used a 12-6 run in the final 1:56 to seal the win. The Demon Deacons improved to 8-6 overall and 1-1 in ACC play, while the Orange fell to 12-3 on the season and 1-1 in conference play.
Wake Forest shot 44.6% from the field and 47.4% from beyond the arc, while Syracuse shot 42% from the floor and only connected on 38.9% of their 3-point attempts on the game. The Demon Deacons gave Syracuse a taste of their own medicine as they outrebounded the Orange 38-29, including a 12-6 advantage on the offensive boards.
Bryant Crawford scored 14 of his 19 points in the second half to lead Wake Forest to the win. Crawford added 5 assists as well.
Syracuse was led by junior point guard Frank Howard who scored a game high 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting. In the last five games, Howard has shot 55.2% from 3-point range. He leads the team in 3-point field goal percentage, shooting 37.5 percent on the year. Howard added 5 assists as well.
Oshae Brissett finished with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Tyus Battle, who was limited due to foul trouble, scored 13 points.
Paschal Chukwu continued to play well, as the center dropped in 10 points, corralled 5 rebounds, and blocked 4 shots. With the four blocks Wednesday night, Chukwu has now swatted away at least two shots in 11-of-15 games this season. He has also improved his free throw shooting of late. On the days before games the Orange coaching staff requires Chukwu to make 100 free throws and within the 100, he needs to make 20 consecutive free throws, or else he starts over. The drill has worked as he has connected on 15 of his last 17 attempts from the charity stripe.
Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim commented on his team’s performance in his postgame press conference. “We didn’t do as good of a job on the boards as we needed to,” Boeheim said. “They [Wake Forest] played well down the stretch and they deserved to win.”
Syracuse will look to defeat the Demon Deacons when they meet again on Sunday, February 11 at the Carrier Dome.
Syracuse will look to rebound from Wednesday night’s loss when they host Notre Dame on Saturday, January 6 at 3:15pm at the Carrier Dome. Notre Dame will be without their senior All-American point guard who was one of two players in the country averaging at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. He suffered a broken left foot in practice earlier this week. Matt Farrell leads all active Fighting Irish players scoring 15.9 points per game and dishing out 5.1 assists per contest. The Orange fell to the Fighting Irish 84-66 on the road last year. Notre Dame enters Saturday’s game with a 12-3 overall record and are 2-0 in league play. The Fighting Irish are coming off an 88-58 drubbing of North Carolina State at home Wednesday night.