Last week I pointed out that the Syracuse Orange were getting into the paint but not getting to the rim as much as other Division I teams.
On Saturday in Washington, Syracuse took advantage of a weak Georgetown Hoyas defense and repeatedly got to the rim, especially in the second half of the game. The Orange shot 16-21 within two feet of the basket as they pulled away from the Hoyas.
Syracuse attempted 44.4% of their field goal attempts at the rim and converted 75% of them. That helps make up for the 2-8 performance in mid-range jumpers and has to make Adrian Autry happy that his team was converting fast-break and second chance opportunities.
Several of the Syracuse baskets were directly off of forced turnovers, and that’s a formula that Autry has to try and emphasize as this group finds it’s footing from the perimeter. The Orange ended the game with 20 fast-break points and their pressure on the perimeter caused problems for the Hoyas.
Both Judah Mintz and Quadir Copeland had 12 points in the paint and the pressure the Orange put on the Hoyas allowed some second-chance opportunities. This Copeland follow slam put the finishing touch on the victory.
Watch your head pic.twitter.com/Mf8yaYVyEu— Syracuse Men’s Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) December 11, 2023
There will be tougher matchups to come, but if Syracuse can continue to attack the basket, good things will follow.