There were many things that went wrong in No. 3 Syracuse's 75-71 loss to Villanova Saturday morning, but fouls, free throws and missed lay-ups were the biggest flaws in the game.
Keita, Grant foul-outs stretched the Orange front line thin
Syracuse big men Baye Moussa Keita and Jerami Grant both fouled out before the end of regulation play, leaving Orange head coach Jim Boeheim with no choice but to plug sophomore forward Rakeem Christmas in the middle of the zone.
In the Orange's second game in three days, No. 3 Syracuse came from behind to defeat Big East rival Cincinnati on Monday.
The Syracuse Orange took a bit of their own medicine Monday afternoon in yet another close one that was decided in the last minute of play.
No. 21/20 Cincinnati (16-4, 4-3 Big East) employed a zone defense of their own en route to a tension-filled afternoon that saw the No. 3/4 Orange (18-1, 6-0 Big East) down by two with a minute and a half to play. When the snow cleared, Syracuse scrapped away a 57-55 victory.
“I hate it when teams play zone [against us],” head coach Jim Boeheim said after the win.
The Orange come out on top against rival Villanova without forward James Southerland, who was ruled out indefinitely because of eligibility issues.
The No. 7 Syracuse men’s basketball team (16-1, 4-0 Big East) held off the Villanova Wildcats (11-5, 2-1 Big East) 72-61 Saturday at the Carrier Dome. The win extended Syracuse’s home winning streak to 34, the longest in the nation.
“I thought this was our grittiest win of the year,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “Everybody just dug in defensively and we couldn’t get anything going offensively.”
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim passes Bobby Knight for sole possession of second place with 903 career men's Div. 1 wins as Syracuse wins its Big East opener against Rutgers.
Jim Boeheim keeps making history this season.
With No. 7 Syracuse (13-1, 1-0 Big East) defeating Rutgers (9-3, 0-1 Big East) 78-53 Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome, Boeheim sits only behind current Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski on the all-time Div. 1 wins list. Boeheim, who was tied with Bobby Knight, won game number 903 to take sole possession of second place.
Tuesday's victory also make the first game of Big East play for the Orange, and the continuation of longest, active home-court winning streak at 33 games....
With a 72-68 victory over Detroit Monday night, the No. 3 Orange improve to 10-0 on the season, and head Coach Jim Boeheim became the third all-time winningest coach in NCAA men's Div. 1 history with his 900th career win.
There are heroes, and there are legends. Jim Boeheim is a legend.
After Monday night's 72-68 victory over the University of Detroit Titans (6-5), Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim reached the pinnacle of 900 wins, a feat only accomplished by two other Division 1 men's basketball coaches: Bob Knight and Mike Krzyzewski. However, Boeheim is the first to do it while coaching at only one school.
James Southerland provided strong bench play to help propel the Orange past the Golden Griffins to remain undefeated on the year.
After a first half that saw the Orange trailing with less than a minute left to play, the Syracuse Orange men's basketball team turned it around in the second half, scoring 50 points en route to an 85-61 victory over Canisius.
Syracuse gets off to a fast start, pulls away from 49ers to extend Dome winning streak.
Syracuse University (9-0) poured on the points from the opening whistle, leading to an 84-53 SU win over Long Beach State (3-5) on Thursday night. Five players scored double figures for the Orange, with C.J. Fair leading the way with 16 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
No. 4 Syracuse forces 24 turnovers to counter a slow start against the Eagles and remain undefeated on the year.
Syracuse started out a bit flat against Eastern Michigan at the Carrier Dome on Monday, but forced many turnovers throughout the game and cruised to an 84-48 victory. The rout was on after coach Jim Boeheim switched to a full-court press in the first half.