Syracuse Stumbles in Road Loss to Georgia Tech
Syracuse suffered a 55-51 loss at the hands of Georgia Tech on Wednesday night.
The Orange offense struggled to get anything going. Syracuse used its full court press to speed up the Yellow Jackets and climb within three points with 8:52 left. The Orange would get no closer as Georgia Tech was able to solve the press and hang on for a win at home.
Georgia Tech’s defense frustrated Syracuse all night, holding the Orange to just 30% shooting for the game. The Yellow Jackets also forced Syracuse into 15 turnovers on the night. The Orange kept themselves in the game by keeping Georgia Tech to just 33.3% shooting. Syracuse stayed out of foul trouble. In contrast the Yellow Jackets sent the Orange to the free throw line 20 times—Syracuse converted on 16 of their attempts, but their dominance at the line was not enough to make up for their abysmal performance from the floor.
Georgia Tech was led by Josh Okogie who scored 20 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and came away with 4 steals.
The Orange were led by Tyus Battle who scored 19 points, corralled a career-high 9 rebounds, and dished out 4 assists. Oshae Brissett finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds, while Frank Howard recorded 11 points and 4 rebounds. Marek Dolezaj added 5 points and 8 rebounds in his second career start.
Matthew Moyer returned from his one game absence due to an ankle injury. The redshirt freshman was ineffective, recording just one rebound in two minutes off the bench. Moyer was clearly uncomfortable, unable to contribute and was pulled by Coach Boeheim after his short stint.
Syracuse will be without freshman guard Howard Washington for the rest of the year due to a right leg injury. Although Washington was only averaging 1.1 points per game, his absence leaves the Orange with just two scholarship guards (Howard and Battle) available for the rest of the season.
Jim Boeheim discussed his team’s performance in his postgame press conference. “We just struggled on offense,” Boehiem said. “They made it hard for us. We just didn’t convert.”
Syracuse fell to 15-7 overall, 4-5 in the ACC, while Georgia Tech improved to 11-11 on the season and 4-5 in conference play.
Syracuse will host #2 Virginia on Saturday at 4pm. The Orange are in need of a big win if they hope to crawl onto the right side of the bubble. A win over the Cavaliers would go a long way to help them achieve such a feat. Second-ranked Virginia (21-1, 10-0 ACC) is coming off a 74-64 victory over Louisville on Wednesday. Syracuse will hope to split the season series with the Cavaliers. The Orange lost the first meeting between the two teams as they fell 68-61 in Charlottesville on January 9. Howard led the Orange with 18 points in the loss, while Kyle Guy poured in a game high 22 points to lead Virginia to the victory.