The Syracuse Orange needed an offensive spark to get them back in the game against the Clemson Tigers, and they went to the guy who has been carrying their scoring production all year long: Tyus Battle.
Battle had a tough first half, as he shot 1-6 from the field and finished the half with just three points. However, Battle had a memorable second half, scoring the first eight points for the Orange, with the last bucket of those eight points being a pull up floater that gave him his 1,000th point as an Orangeman.
This game was full of memorable moments, from the Senior Game festivities to Lawrence Moten’s jersey retirement, but it was Battle’s historic scoring feat that gave the Orange the top 25 win they needed.
Battle’s 1,000th point made him just the fifth Syracuse player to ever reach 1000 points before the end of their sophomore season. It’s unique that Battle hit his 1,000th point during Moten’s retirement, because the legendary Syracuse player ranks number one on the all time scoring list for the Orange.
Battle is now the 62nd Syracuse player to reach 1,000 points, and he will have a chance to extend his scoring total next week in the ACC Tournament. It is still up in the air whether Battle will return for his Junior year, but it can be said with absolute certainty that Battle will be remembered as a dynamic Syracuse scorer.
Battle finished the game with 17 points on 5-of-20 shooting—not an impressive shooting performance, but Battle’s early second half scoring run was crucial to the Orange getting back in front.
The sophomore shooting guard is averaging 20.1 points per game this year, which is good for third in the ACC. It has been an impressive season, and career, so far for Tyus Battle, but don’t expect his historic moments to end here—he’s just getting started.