Syracuse Stumbles in Loss to Virginia
Syracuse suffered a 59-44 defeat at the hands of #2 Virginia on Saturday.
The 44 points were the fewest points the Orange has scored in the Carrier Dome since it began playing its home games there in 1980.
Syracuse trailed 31-21 at the half and would get no closer than nine in the final stanza as the Cavaliers ran away with it down the stretch.
Virginia’s defense held Syracuse to just 33.3% shooting from the field, while the Cavaliers connected on 48.9% of their shot attempts. Virginia also outrebounded the Orange by a 35-26 margin and held a 27-0 advantage in bench points.
De’Andre Hunter led the Cavaliers with 15 points off the bench. The freshman also dished out 6 assists. Kyle Guy fell short of his season average for points, scoring just 14 points on an inefficient 5-for-15 from the floor. Guy also grabbed 4 rebounds.
Syracuse was led by Tyus Battle’s 15 points. Frank Howard scored 11 points. Marek Dolezaj finished with 9 points on 4-of-6 shooting and grabbed 7 rebounds. Oshae Brissett added 9 points and 6 rebounds.
Battle, Howard, and Brissett played all 40 minutes as only one reserve (Matthew Moyer) checked in for the Orange. Syracuse plays Louisville on Monday where fatigue hopefully won’t be a factor in that one.
Jim Boeheim commented on his team’s performance in his postgame press conference. “We rely on our two guards to score and make plays and when they don’t we have a problem offensively,” Boeheim said. “That’s really the bottom line the last three games.”
Bourama Sidibe was inactive versus Virginia as the freshman center was suffering from discomfort due to tendinitis that has lingered and impacted him all season.
Syracuse dropped to 15-8 overall, 4-6 in the ACC, while Virginia improved to 22-1 on the season and 11-0 in conference play.
The Orange return to action on Monday night when they travel to the Bluegrass State to take on Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center at 7pm. The Cardinals are 16-7 overall and 6-4 in the ACC. Louisville is coming off an 80-76 loss to Florida State at home on Saturday. The Cardinals are led by Deng Adel who is averaging 15.7 points and 5 rebounds per game. Last year, Louisville swept the season series over Syracuse. The Cardinals won 76-72 in overtime in the Dome and 88-68 at the Yum! Center.