Syracuse Powers past Boston College
Syracuse picked up their second consecutive win in ACC play with an 81-63 victory over the Boston College Eagles Wednesday night.
Boston College connected on their first five field goal attempts and opened up an early 14-7 lead. After five straight points from Tyus Battle and a layup by Frank Howard, Syracuse to tie the game at 14. Oshae Brissett knocked down a jumper with 10:56 left in the opening stanza gave Orange a 21-20 lead—one they would never relinquish.
Syracuse shot a blistering 64.3% in the first half to take a 47-37 lead into the break.
Ky Bowman opened the second half scoring with a 3-pointer to bring the Eagles within 7. Boston College would not get any closer. Following Bowman’s trey, the Orange went on an 11-0 run to take control for good.
Syracuse shot 55% in the second half and finished with their best shooting performance of the season thus far (60.4%). The Orange placed five players in double figures and were led by Battle who scored 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Howard tallied 18 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, and dished out 6 assists on zero turnovers. Paschal Chukwu finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Brissett added 13 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals. Marek Dolezaj rounded out the offensive attack scoring a career-high 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting from both the floor and the foul line. Dolezaj recorded 8 rebounds as well.
Jim Boeheim commented on his team’s performance in his postgame press conference. “I thought the difference in this game was our offense,” Boeheim said. “We moved the ball, obviously we made shots in the first half. In the second half, we didn’t make some outside shots, but we got to the basket. We worked all week on making sure we guarded the three and we gave them four straight threes to start the game and that’s just not good basketball. When you focus on one thing for two or three days, you should do better. In the second half, we defended a little better and then we got down and got some good offensive possessions. We had good balance with everybody pitching in. It was a really good win.”
Jerome Robinson led Boston College with 21 points, while Bowman finished with 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists.
One downfall for the Orange is that their already thin bench got even thinner. Five minutes into the contest, Matthew Moyer suffered a sprained left ankle after coming down with a rebound. Dolezaj played the rest of the way, while the rest of Syracuse’s frontcourt (Brissett and Chukwu) played all 40 minutes. Battle also played the entire game. The Orange, who had not played since defeating Pittsburgh eight days ago, showed no signs of fatigue tonight. Syracuse will need to be ready for a rematch with the Panthers on Saturday.
With the win, the Orange improved to 14-6 overall, 3-4 in the ACC, while the Eagles fell to 13-8 on the season and 3-5 in conference play.
Syracuse returns to action at Pittsburgh on Saturday at 4pm. The Panthers are 8-13 overall, 0-8 in the ACC, and are coming off a 72-68 loss to North Carolina State on Wednesday night. The Orange will look to sweep the season series after they defeated Pittsburgh 59-45 in the Carrier Dome last Tuesday. Howard led Syracuse with 18 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 5 steals in the win, while Parker Stewart poured in 23 points to lead the Panthers in a losing effort.