Syracuse exceeded many people’s expectations by wrapping up their non-conference schedule on Wednesday with an 11-2 record. Let’s take a look back at the Orange’s non-conference games before conference play starts tomorrow against Virginia Tech:
Cornell at Syracuse (November 10)
Result: 77 – 45 win
This one wasn’t close as the Orange held Cornell to 25% shooting from the field and 15% shooting from the 3 line. Ironically, the season started with Cornell freshman Jimmy Boeheim hitting a 3 pointer in front of the Syracuse bench during the first possession of the game. Jimmy is Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim’s oldest son.Embed from Getty Images
Iona at Syracuse (November 14)
Result: 71 – 62 win
A decent Iona team gave Syracuse a bit of a scare until the Orange pulled away and had a comfortable lead for the last 4 minutes of the game. Sophomore guard Tyus Battle logged one of his best performances of the season with 28 points, 23 of which came in the second half.
Texas Southern at Syracuse (November 18)
Result: 80 – 67 win
The Texas Southern game was highlighted by Tyus Battle’s baseline spin and thunderous dunk as well as graduate transfer Geno Thorpe’s 13 point career high with the Orange. Texas Southern currently sits at 0-13 on the season and it would be easy to think that Syracuse should have beaten this team by more than 13. That being said, Texas Southern has played all of their games on the road this season including match ups against Kansas, Gonzaga, Ohio State, Baylor, Oregon, Clemson and TCU. Chalk this up to coach Mike Davis and his belief in scheduling hard. Mission accomplished.
Oakland at Syracuse (November 20)
Result: 74 – 50 win
Center Paschal Chukwu was 2 blocks shy of a triple double with 12 points, 11 rebounds and 8 blocks as the Orange overpowered Oakland. The Oakland game marked the end of a very effective 3 game stretch for Tyus Battle. Over the course of the Iona, Texas Southern and Oakland games, Battle averaged 24.7 points on 57% shooting.
Toledo at Syracuse (November 22)
Result: 72 – 64 win
This was a scary game for Orange fans as Tyus Battle fell badly on his back early in the second half and didn’t play the last 15 minutes or so. Sophomore guard Frank Howard lead the way with 25 points, 4 assists and most importantly 0 turnovers. Freshman forward Oshae Brissett contributed 17 points and 14 boards. Toledo didn’t go away easily though as they led by 2 early in the second half and made 12 threes.
Maryland at Syracuse (November 27)
Result: 72 – 70 win
Syracuse picked up its biggest win of the season against Maryland in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Despite Maryland guard Kevin Huerter hitting 7 three pointers, a few of which were from 25 feet+, the Orange pulled out the victory. Tyus Battle hit a huge three with 1 minute left and finished with 18 points on the day. Sadly enough, this marked Geno Thorpe’s last game with the Orange. He only played 4 minutes in the game and announced he was leaving the program for personal reasons on December 1.Embed from Getty Images
Syracuse vs. Kansas in Miami (December 2)
Result: 60 – 76 loss
The HoopHall Miami Invitational is one of the coolest events Syracuse has played in recently solely for the reason that it pitted Syracuse against powerhouse Kansas for the second time ever. We all remember the first time the Orange played Kansas 🙂 Unfortunately, Kansas dominated the game behind Devonte’ Graham’s 35 points and 7 three pointers while Syracuse shot 22% from three and 32% from the field.
Syracuse vs. UConn at Madison Square Garden (December 5)
Result: 72 – 63 win
The Orange played rival UConn for the second straight year at Madison Square Garden. UConn won last year’s match up 52 – 50 in an ugly game. Syracuse avenged last year’s loss behind a surprising performance from redshirt freshman forward Matthew Moyer. Moyer contributed 18 points and 8 rebounds. In year’s past, beating UConn would be a tournament resume booster but the Huskies are 7 – 6 on the year and likely in for another mediocre season.
Colgate at Syracuse (December 9)
Result: 72 – 58 win
Syracuse cruised to its fifty-second straight win over Colgate which ties the all-time record for most consecutive wins against one opponent. Tyus Battle made 4 threes on the game and Battle, Oshae Brissett and Frank Howard all played 40 minutes which is becoming a theme this season.
Syracuse at Georgetown (December 16)
Result: 86 – 79 OT win
This one meant a lot after losing to Georgetown the past two seasons. Georgetown was in control much of the second half and even had a 7 point lead with 3:19 left to play. Oshae Brissett came up huge with 24 points after halftime and 4 threes to help chip away at the lead. The Hoyas crumbled down the stretch and didn’t score during the last 2:46 of the second half. Tyus Battle scored 8 points in overtime and led the Orange to the win.
Buffalo at Syracuse (December 19)
Result: 81 – 74 win
Buffalo is a solid team this year and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them earn a tournament bid in March. Buffalo gave the Orange all they could handle and carried a 1 point lead with 3:16 left in the contest. Syracuse found a way to pull out the victory behind 25 points and 16-16 free throw shooting from Oshae Brissett. Paschal Chukwu logged his second 8 block performance of the season.
St. Bonaventure at Syracuse (December 22)
Result: 57 – 60 OT loss
St. Bonaventure jumped out of the gates quickly behind 21 first half points from guard Jaylen Adams. The Bonnies kept the momentum going in the second half and led by 13 with 12:59 to play. The Orange went on a 15 – 2 run and the Bonnies didn’t score during the final 7:17 of the contest. Syracuse tied the game and forced overtime only to fall short down the stretch. This was St. Bonaventure’s first win ever at the Carrier Dome. Luckily, the loss won’t hurt the Orange’s tournament resume as the Bonnies are 29 in the RPI rankings and beat Maryland back in November.Embed from Getty Images
Eastern Michigan at Syracuse (December 27)
Result: 62 – 47 win
Shots starting falling in the second half and the Orange pulled away for an easy victory. Tyus Battle had 16 second half points and Paschal Chukwu contributed 15 points, 12 rebounds and 5 blocks. Syracuse is now 5 – 0 against Eastern Michigan head coach Rob Murphy. Murphy was an assistant under Jim Boeheim for 8 seasons.
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