The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team picked up its second straight win by taking down the Boston College Eagles 76-50 at home. The win moved Syracuse to 10-7 on the season and 3-3 in the conference.
Buddy Boeheim led all scorers with 22 points on 4-7 shooting from distance. Elijah Hughes scored 19 points for Syracuse and Marek Dolezaj finished with a double-double by posting 10 points and 11 rebounds. No Boston College player scored in double-figures.
The Orange will now head to down to Virginia Tech on Saturday to take on the Hokies, but before we turn the page, see our takeaways below.
First ACC win at home
Oddly enough, Syracuse was 0-3 in ACC home games, yet 2-0 on the road in conference prior to Wednesday night. Syracuse lost the season-opener to Virginia and fell to Notre Dame and Virginia Tech earlier this month. The Orange won at Georgia Tech and at Virginia before handling BC at home.
The win over Boston College is the first P5 and ACC win inside the Carrier Dome for Syracuse.
Where’s my man Brent Axe at?
While it might not have made a difference in the final outcome, Syracuse shot 12-12 from the free throw line against Boston College. Marek Dolezaj went 6-6, Elijah Hughes connected on 4-4 from the charity stripe, Joe Girard made 1-1 and Brycen Goodine went 1-1 as well.
If only Boston College could improve upon it’s free-throw line defense.
This begets this question:
When was last time SU was perfect from FT line?— Mike Lopinski (@Mikeleelop) January 16, 2020
I’m way too lazy to actually look that up, so I’ll serve that question up to the rest of the Syracuse fan base.
Cold shooting for BC
Boston College made as many 3s in the first half against SU as Final Fours its made in program history. That’s right, Jim Christian’s squad made zero 3s in the first 20 minutes of action against SU.
The Eagles finished 6-30 (20 percent) from distance against the 2-3 zone. That’s not going to get it done in ACC play.
2-3 zone rounding into form?
I have no idea whether or not Syracuse is getting better on defense. But the Orange have held back to back opponents under 60 points and under 35 percent shooting in both games.
This could all be for naught and just mean that Virginia and Boston College are bad teams on the offensive end. Or it could mean that Syracuse is starting to turn the corner defensively.
What do you think though? Let us know in the comments below.