The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team concluded its foreign tour in Italy by staying undefeated on Sunday, handling Virtus Roma by a final score of 84-42. Hats off to Syracuse.com for keeping score there as stats were not taken during the game.
Quincy Guerrier finished with a double-double by scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds while Elijah Hughes was the high-point man with 20. Bourama Sidibe led the team in rebounding by hauling in 17 while also scoring 6 points.
With that, the Orange are set to return home tomorrow and look forward to the season ahead. Here are our takeaways from yesterday’s game.
Slicin’ and no Dyson
Perhaps Syracuse fans will remember the name Jerome Dyson. The former UConn guard now plays for Virtus Roma, but decided not to suit up in this game. Dyson also missed the 6OT game in 2009 due to a knee injury.
Not sure about you guys but I’m convinced Dyson doesn’t want this smoke.
Quick start for Jalen Carey
For the second game in a row, Jalen Carey jumped out to a quick start and scored seven of Syracuse’s first eight points.
He looked good throughout and earned the praise of his head coach after the game. He finished his night with 9 points, 3 rebounds and a steal.
“I thought the guards played well, particularly Jalen Carey,” Jim Boeheim said after the game. “Jalen was really good with the ball, smart. Moved the ball.”
What kind of gym was that?
The Virtus Roma gym offered a giant open window facing a courtyard, lawn chairs for seats, two-toned colored walls and outdoor basketball hoops (inside) in the corners of the gym as well as one of the actual basketball hoops having a slanted rim.
I’m not sure what kind of program that is, but I haven’t seen anything quite like that in summer basketball since the local high school summer league runs at McChesney in Syracuse.
Elijah Hughes returned to 3-point form in this game with shades of his 3⁄4 court buzzer beater inside Cameron Indoor Stadium against Duke. With the third quarter coming to a close, Hughes dribbled across the timeline before time expired and launched a shot that hit the backboard and found that bottom of the net.
Elijah Hughes officially gets the ball each and every time the shot or game clock is expiring and you can’t argue otherwise.
See what Jim Boeheim had to say after game below.