Nobody quite digs itself into an early like hole like the Syracuse Orange. But, by that same token, nobody quite digs itself out of an early hole like quite like Syracuse as the Orange quickly rebounded from a nine-point deficit, took the lead and collected another road victory by a final score of 77-71.
As mentioned, Syracuse found itself trailing by 15-6 before the second media timeout after a pair of turnovers and missed shots. That is until Elijah Hughes knocked down back-to-back triples, Tyus Battle had a wild layup find the bottom of the net, Oshae Brissett had a raucous dunk followed by a strong drive and finish and Frank Howard hit a jumper to cap 14-0 Syracuse run. The Orange hopped out front by a score of 20-15 and never surrendered the lead the rest of the way.
Still, Boston College punched back and Ky Bowman found his way to the free throw line, but Buddy Boeheim got loose in the first on his way to eight first half points. Brissett picked up his third foul late in the first half, but Syracuse went into the break with a 42-35 lead.
Syracuse came out strong following the intermission, forcing Jim Christian to call a quick timeout. Jordan Chatman was able to knock down a pair threes thereafter for Boston College to get right back in it, and Bowman continued to make some incredible shots, including a fadeaway rainbow jumper from the corner in front of his bench.
But the Eagles didn’t have an answer for Battle all night. With Howard on the bench for the meat of the second half, Battle took the reigns at point guard and he buried a multitude of threes and mid-range jumpers to buoy Syracuse. Paschal Chukwu also found a way to impact the game late with a couple of important offensive rebounds and making two free throws.
The Orange Eagle Trophy is now in its proper home.
Battle led the way with 31 points and 6 helpers. The younger Boehiem tied his career high with 13 points while Hughes had 10. Brissett and Howard had 9 points each, the latter of the two scored all of his in the first half.
Syracuse shot 55.8 percent from the floor and 42.3 percent from range.
Syracuse concludes its three game road trip with a game at Pittsburgh this Saturday. That game tips at 6 pm and will air on ESPN2.