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Syracuse Drops First Game of Season to Wisconsin, 66-58

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Syracuse lost its first game of the season to Wisconsin in overtime.

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Bo Ryan and company came into the Carrier Dome and gave Jim Boeheim's Syracuse Orange all it could handle in the ACC/B1G Ten Challenge. Late threes by Syracuse got the Orange back into the game but ultimately Wisconsin prevailed in overtime, winning 66-58.

Wisconsin played solid defense in the first half -- they closed out on shooters and made Syracuse's perimeter players dribble the basketball. Wisconsin has struggled to defend ball screens this season, yet in the first half Wisconsin defended ball screens rather well.

Syracuse closed the half on a 5-0 run, making it the second game in a row the Orange carried momentum into the half without having a lead. Syracuse trailed 27-24 at the half.

In the second half, Boeheim elected to start Tyler Lydon at the center spot over DaJuan Coleman.

With 13:33 left to play in the game, Tyler Roberson picked up his fourth foul on an illegal screen. Boeheim chose to play small and inserted Kaleb Joseph into the game leaving Coleman on the bench. With Roberson on the bench Syracuse was able to space the floor. Trevor Cooney was then able to knock down two threes while Michael Gbinije knocked down one of his own to give Syracuse a  41-35 lead. Joseph assisted on two of those threes.

Wisconsin would claw its way back into the game as Bronson Koenig knocked down a three with a minute left to tie the game. Ultimately the Badgers would prevail in overtime as Syracuse failed to make shots. Syracuse has to do a better job on the boards as the Orange got out-rebounded by 25 in this one. Wisconsin is a good rebounding team but you won't win many games getting doubled on the glass. The Orange also struggled to shoot from outside, making only 7-24 shots from range.

Syracuse now travels to Georgetown this Saturday to renew the antiquated Big East rivalry. That game tips off at 1 p.m. and airs on Fox.