The Syracuse Orange needed a couple of tune-up games in order to get back into rhythm before the ACC schedule kicked into full gear. However, Syracuse Athletics announced this morning that the next two games for the men’s basketball game between the Lehigh Mountain Hawks and the Cornell Big Red are postponed due to COVID-19 protocols. SU announced that they are trying to see if the two games can be made up later this season.
SCHEDULE UPDATE: Our games on Dec. 18 vs. Lehigh and Dec. 21 vs. Cornell have been postponed due to COVID protocols.— Syracuse Men’s Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) December 17, 2021
Now it’s important to note that it’s unclear whether Syracuse is dealing with COVID issues within its own program, COVID issues with Lehigh or Cornell, or just general COVID preventative protocols in regards to the state’s recent actions against the current uptick in COVID cases. However, Syracuse.com’s Mike Waters reported that several Syracuse players tested positive for COVID-19, according to a source.
Syracuse postpones its next two men's basketball games vs Lehigh on Saturday and vs. Cornell on Tuesday due to Covid issues within the Orange program.https://t.co/xHfWC7WUgy— Syracuse Basketball (@syrbasketball) December 17, 2021
Syracuse could have made good use of those two games against Lehigh and Cornell to establish good momentum heading into the brunt of ACC play, especially after two tough losses to former Big East foes Villanova and Georgetown. However, the Orange’s next game isn’t until December 29 against Georgia Tech.
The Syracuse women’s basketball game, scheduled for 11 am ET against UMBC, will still go on.