Syracuse Earns Key Road Win
Syracuse defeated Miami 62-55 on Saturday.
With 1:52 left in the contest, a layup by Chris Lykes narrowed Syracuse’s advantage to 54-51. Tyus Battle answered on the next possession with a 3-pointer. Two free throws by Sam Waardenburg with 25 seconds left pulled the Hurricanes within three again, 58-55. The hosts fouled Marek Dolezaj and he drained two free throws with 19 seconds remaining. Battle iced the contest with two more from the charity stripe with nine seconds remaining.
A 7-0 run by Miami gave the Hurricanes a 21-20 with 2:06 left in the opening stanza. The teams went to the break tied at 25. After Miami scored the first bucket of the second half, Syracuse rattled off a 15-0 run to take a 40-28 lead. A layup by Oshae Brissett with 8:42 to go ended a 15-3 Miami run and gave the Orange the lead for good.
The Hurricanes were led by Lykes who scored 14 points and dished out 4 assists.
Syracuse was led by Frank Howard who tallied a game high 18 points, to go along with 6 assists on only one turnover. Brissett recorded his tenth double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Battle added 13 points and 4 rebounds. Dolezaj finished with a career-high 11 points.
Jim Boeheim commented on his team’s play in his postgame press conference. “Everybody in this league is good,” Boeheim said. “It doesn’t matter where you play or who you play, it’s a tough game. To come on the road and win, obviously, is big. I thought Oshae was great tonight and Frank. Tyus had an off game, but he’s going to make that shot at the end—he’s made them all year—and that was the game, I thought. Between Marek’s two and then that three.”
The Orange improved to 18-9 overall, 7-7 in the ACC, while Miami fell to 18-7 on the season, 7-7 in conference play.
Syracuse will look to secure another key win on their resume when they host North Carolina on Wednesday at 7pm. The Tar Heels are 21-7 overall, 10-5 in the ACC, and are coming off a 93-76 win at Louisville on Saturday. North Carolina is led by Luke Maye who is averaging 18.4 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Last year, the Tar Heels beat the Orange 85-68 in Chapel Hill, NC in the lone meeting between the two teams.