On the heels of a 20-point performance against Seton Hall, James Southerland scored another 20 in a 62-59 victory over No. 17 Pittsburgh
After beating Seton Hall just a day earlier, it was unclear how No. 19 Syracuse (25-8) would fare against the extremely physical No. 17 Pittsburgh Panthers. The last time the two teams met, the Orange was without James Southerland, leading to an Orange loss. But Southerland’s presence played a major role in Thursday afternoon's 62-59 victory.
Despite a horrid first half, the Orange rallied to beat Seton Hall, 75-63, and move on to play Pittsburgh.
After an incredibly slow start, Syracuse pulled out the victory over Seton Hall in the second round of the final Big East tournament.
The No. 19 Orange (24-8) won 75-63, but were down by as many as 10 in the first half, before mounting a comeback to tie the game up at halftime. The tie allowed for a reset for the second half, which turned out to be all Syracuse.
In the Orange's final tournament as a member of the Big East conference, Syracuse looks to end its recent woes.
When the Syracuse Orange men's basketball team takes the court at Madison Square Garden this Wednesday, they will begin their final Big East tournament. After this season, the Orange will call the Atlantic Coast Conference home, and play their conference championship at the Greensboro Coliseum.
Three throughs on the last regular season match-up between the Hoyas and the Orange.
Syracuse shooting woes continue
The Orange came out flat once more on the offensive side of the court Saturday against Georgetown. Syracuse shot just 32.6-percent (15-of-46) from the field and 9.1-percent (1-of-11) from the beyond the arc. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said his team’s been having trouble shooting the ball its last few games after playing DePaul Wednesday.
No. 15 Syracuse snapped its three-game losing streak in 78-57 thrashing of DePaul. The win marked the final Big East game in the Carrier Dome.
The No. 17 Syracuse (23-7, 11-6) snapped a three-game losing streak, defeating the DePaul Blue Demons (11-19, 2-15) 78-57. Wednesday night’s victory also marked the final home game for seniors Brandon Triche and James Southerland.
“I didn’t think I was going to be this excited just because we had lost three straight games,” guard Triche said. “I didn’t care who we were playing; we had to win.”
Another poor shooting night for No. 12 Orange lead to the team's third straight loss in Saturday's game against No. 10 Louisville.
The losing streak continues.
No. 12 Syracuse (22-7, 10-6) lost its third game in a row, this time to No. 10 Louisville (24-5, 12-4) on Saturday afternoon, 58-53. This marked the last game between the two in Big East play. Turnovers and a poor offensive start put SU in a hole that they weren’t able to fight out of.
“You can’t make those types of mistakes in tournament type games,” said head coach Jim Boeheim. “It’s difficult to win against zone defenses when you don’t make many shots from the perimeter.”
In front of a record crowd, No. 11 Georgetown controlled most of the game, en route to a 57-46 upset victory over No. 11 Syracuse.
Otto Porter single-handedly took over the game with the flick of his wrist.
In a game where neither team shot particularly well, the Georgetown forward scored 33 points and the No. 11 Hoyas (21-4, 11-3) upset No. 8 Syracuse (22-5, 10-4) 57-46 Saturday. Both teams shot below 36-percent from the field, and neither team could find its shot from behind the arc.