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Buddy Boeheim on sprained ankle from Pace exhibition: ‘I’m back’

Buddy Boehiem played 26 minutes against Le Moyne after spraining his ankle last week against Pace.

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The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team handled the Le Moyne Dolphins without much strife on Monday night, cruising to a 90-50 victory. Senior guard Buddy Boeheim started the game and finished with 11 points and 5 rebounds in 26 minutes of action.

Last week, Boeheim sprained his ankle in the exhibition game against Pace and did not return to the contest. He went back to the locker room and iced his ankle from the Syracuse bench for the remainder of the contest. If the Pace exhibition was a regular season game, he would’ve returned, he said.

Boeheim didn’t show any lingering signs of soreness from the injury against Le Moyne on Monday night.

“I’m back,” He said post-game. “I just started taping this week. So that’s the first time in my career. So I’m starting to get used to that but yeah I gotta do that from now on.”

Jim Boeheim said Syracuse gave Buddy one day last week to heal after the Pace game, but he returned to practice last week. While Buddy’s ankle held up fine, Jim thinks his son could shoot more. As if there were any doubt Buddy has the green light.

“He’s not being really aggressive,” Jim Boeheim said. “I think he’s looking to pass a little too much. He’s a scorer. That’s what he does. He’ll get there.”

Buddy finished the exhibition against Le Moyne shooting 4-10 from the field and 3-6 from outside. He agreed with his head coach’s assessment and thinks he can do a better job of taking advantage of scoring opportunities.

“I passed up one early in the second half and the coaches were getting on me saying, ‘Shoot it!’,” Buddy divulged. “But I definitely need to look for my shots more. Especially when a play is called for me. I’m not going to get a lot of clean looks this year and I need to understand that.”

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