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Syracuse’s Tyus Battle limited vs. Pitt due to illness

Tough break.

NCAA Basketball: Syracuse at Pittsburgh
Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) dribbles the ball against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the first half at the Petersen Events Center. 
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Syracuse Orange freshman Tyus Battle was limited in Saturday’s loss to Pittsburgh due to illness, Jim Boeheim confirmed after the game.

News broke on Twitter that Battle had posted cold medicine on his Snapchat story on Friday night, leaving many to believe he’s been battling sickness all week.

Boeheim told Matt Park after the 80-75 loss that Battle had been under the weather since the Clemson game.

And during his postgame press conference, Boeheim addressed it again.

Battle played just five second-half minutes and went 0-for-2 from the field. He played 11 minutes in the first half, where he scored three points and grabbed two rebounds.

On Tuesday, with Battle presumably beginning to feel under the weather, the freshman hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to defeat the Tigers, 82-81.

While rebounding was a significant part of the loss on Saturday, it’s hard not to equate Battle’s illness to some of it too. Improved guard play has been key for the Orange during its recent resurgence. Battle’s been a huge portion of that improvement.

Syracuse (16-10, 8-5) returns home to host No. 4 Louisville on Monday at 7 p.m. on ESPN.