Another double-digit deficit, and another incredible comeback.
But for the third straight game, it came up just short as the Orange fell to Georgia Tech, 71-65, in front of a sellout crowd.
"We didn't shoot well,” Jim Boeheim said after the game. “We've been a good shooting team, we depend on shooting well from the 3-point line and we don't shoot well, that hurts us. I thought John had good looks. I thought Andrew had good looks. The ball didn't go in."
Syracuse shot under 37 percent from the floor on Sunday, including under 32 percent in the second half. The Orange went just 4-of-17 from 3-point range in the latter 20 minutes, which didn’t help the cause.
Taurean Thompson, who went 6-of-12 from the field in the first half, shot just 2-of-9 in the second half and scored four points. He did, however, finish with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
In recent games, Thompson’s success has come in the second half — but it was quite the opposite on Sunday. He started hot by scoring six of SU’s first 12 points, and the Orange got out to an early lead.
But at the end of the first half and deep into the second half, Georgia Tech went on a 34-12 run that nearly ended SU’s hopes of getting its third road victory of the season.
Syracuse lead 32-23 late in the 1st half. Since then, it’s 34-12 Georgia Tech— CuseNation.com (@SyracuseOnScout) February 20, 2017
John Gillon went 2-of-7 in the second half, and said after the game that he takes complete blame for the loss.
“I just wasn't hitting open shots for myself,” Gillon told Chris Carlson of Syracuse.com. “It opens up a lot. When I don't they're more set, they don't have to run out as hard for the drive. I'll take complete blame for this one, try to get in the gym and correct things.”
Boeheim, who has been critical of Gillon, gave some much-deserved praise after his poor performance on Sunday.
“He's the only reason we've won eight games in a very difficult league,” Boeheim said. “We obviously need him to play better. But he's the guy. It's not like we have another guy that's better. He's the best point guard we've got by about 10 miles.”
Gillon did hit a corner three-pointer which got the Yellow Jackets’ lead down to three points with less than a minute left, but the Orange never fully completed the comeback as two was the closest it got.
SU fell to 16-12 (8-7) and is directly on the NCAA Tournament bubble.
We’ve seen what this team is capable of with its victories over Florida State and Virginia, but we also see the struggles it has against Georgia Tech, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Georgetown, St. John’s and UConn, among others.
Which team will show up on Wednesday against Duke? Or next Sunday at Louisville? For Syracuse’s sake, you hope it’s the team that showed up against Florida State — otherwise this team may be NIT bound.