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Tyus Battle sets new career-high in Syracuse’s win over Boston College

The freshman continues to impress.

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Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) drives the ball past Boston College Eagles guard Jerome Robinson (1) during the second half of a game at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse won the game 76-53.
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Syracuse Orange freshman Tyus Battle took matters into his own hands on Saturday.

The 6-foot-7 guard scored a career-high 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-6 from behind-the-arc.

“It was a great atmosphere,” Battle said after the game. “The fans brought a great energy. It was great. My teammates did a great job finding me the ball. I just tried to stay aggressive the whole entire game, get to the basket and just find open shots.”

Jim Boeheim was pleased with his star freshman’s performance too.

“I thought he was really, really terrific,” the Hall of Famer said. Boeheim went on to call it Tyus’ best performance of the season.

Battle was more aggressive on Saturday, and it showed. The freshman took the most free throws he has all season (five), and made four of them.

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Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) puts the ball up for a lay up during the second half of a game against the Boston College Eagles at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse won the game 76-53.
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“I thought he was patient. I thought we were more patient. And when you’re patient, there’s more opportunities for that,” Boeheim said of Battle’s ability to drive against Boston College.

For the first time since the season opener against Colgate, Battle took more shot attempts inside the 3-point-arc than outside.

His 13 shot attempts were the most of any game this season. He also tied a career-high with three steals.

“Our defense was key for us,” Boeheim said. “I think we forced 15 turnovers in the first half. It was strictly just the defensive effort. When we play defense like that, and Miami and Pittsburgh. We did it a little bit on the road. We had some good defensive efforts against Connecticut and South Carolina for a lot of the game, but our offense was bad in those games. I think our defense is getting a little better.”

In the first matchup this season with Boston College, Battled had seven points, four rebounds and four assists. Half of his shots were 3-pointers, but today he made it a point to drive to the basket.

Battle has scored in double-figures in six games this season, including his last three.

The next two games — on the road at North Carolina and Notre Dame — will be a test for the rising star. Battle hopes to build off this career performance, and Syracuse will need every bit of it in its next two games — and the remainder of the season.