Syracuse Snaps Skid with Win over Pittsburgh
Syracuse got back to their winning ways with a 59-45 win over Pittsburgh Tuesday night.
The Orange led the Panthers 39-35 with 9:46 remaining, but used a 12-2 run over the next 7:09 to pull away from Pittsburgh for good.
Syracuse was outstanding defensively versus the Panthers. The Orange held Pittsburgh to just 35% shooting from the floor. Syracuse forced 18 turnovers, including 10 steals, and blocked four shots. The Orange held a 28-12 scoring advantage in the paint.
Parker Stewart led all scorers with 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting and 7-of-13 from three-point range. Aside from Stewart, Pittsburgh shot just 1-of-10 from distance.
Syracuse shot 43.1% from the field and 83.3% from the charity stripe in the win. The Orange were led by Frank Howard, who seemingly did it all Tuesday night. The junior stuffed the stat sheet with 18 points, a career-high 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals, and a block. Howard, who ranks second nationally in turnovers per game, committed just one turnover on the night. Limiting turnovers will be key for him if Syracuse hopes to turn it around in the ACC.
Despite dealing with an illness, Tyus Battle scored 15 points. Oshae Brissett finished with 10 points and 5 rebounds, while Paschal Chukwu added 8 points and 8 rebounds.
Coach Boeheim commented in his team’s performance in his postgame press conference. “Defensively, when there’s one guy making shots, you cannot let that guy shoot,” Boeheim said. “This has been a problem, a little bit at Florida State and here, there’s one guy that can make shots and we’re not guarding him. That’s not a good recipe, especially when we’re struggling a little bit on offense. The one good thing about this game, some other guys made plays when he [Battle] struggled early.” Boeheim added that his team needs practice and will get better as they have a week off before they host Boston College.
With the win, Syracuse improved to 13-6 overall, 2-4 in the ACC, while Pittsburgh fell to 8-11 on the season and 0-6 in conference.
The Boston College Eagles will be in town to take on the Orange at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday, January 24 at 7pm. Boston College is 13-6 overall and 3-3 in the ACC. The Eagles are coming off an 81-75 win over Florida State on Monday and will play at Louisville on Sunday. Boston College is led by Jerome Robinson who is averaging 18.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game. Last year, the two teams split the season series with each team winning at home. The Eagles won in Chestnut Hill on New Year’s Day 2017, 96-81, while the Orange won 76-53 at the Carrier Dome.