With both the Syracuse Orange and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets sitting firmly on the NCAA Tournament bubble, today’s result from the Carrier Dome had vital implications. Ultimately it was the Orange coming out as the victor, winning 90-61 on senior day.
Syracuse got off to an auspicious start in front of a raucous crowd by knocking down its first four shots from the perimeter. The Orange built an early lead and it was able to keep GT at bay with solid defense. The 2-3 zone forced eight Tech turnovers in the first half and limited it to 22.0 percent shooting from distance. As such, Syracuse went into the break leading 38-26.
In inverse fashion, it wasn’t Syracuse who had to claw its way back in the second half. Instead Georgia Tech came out of the gate on a 9-0 run to cut the Syracuse lead to three in just a two minute stretch. Andrew White was able to respond however, keeping the Orange ahead with shots from deep.
Syracuse opened it up late with a barrage of threes. Dajuan Coleman checked into the with 3:02 remaining. It was his first game action his January.
White stole the show in the second half and concluded his last game in the Dome with a career-high 40 points on 8-of-9 shooting from deep. Tyus Battle also had a stellar game and finished with 22 points. Tyler Lydon had 7 points and 13 rebounds while John Gillon scored 10 and dished out 10 assists.
Syracuse finished shooting 54.7 percent from the field and 65.2 percent from deep. The zone forced 15 turnovers and limited tech to 25 percent shooting from three.
With the win Syracuse moves to 18-13 overall and 10-8 in the conference. The Orange will play in the No. 8/9 seed matchup this Wednesday at noon. That game tips from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as part of the ACC Tournament.