Men’s basketball overtakes Boston College at home

SU men overtake Boston College at home

Buddy Boeheim finished with a career-high 16 points.
Published: February 9, 2019
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SU Sophomore Marek Dolezaj plays close defense against Ky Bowman of Boston College.

Syracuse Men’s basketball took down Boston College (11-11, 2-8) 67-56 in the Carrier Dome this afternoon.

The Orange (17-7, 8-3) improve to 12-4 at home this season. Today’s game was the largest on-campus crowd in the country with 26,011 fans in attendance at the Carrier Dome.

Tyus Battle scored 21 points which was tied for a game-high. He did most of his damage in transition and was able to get to the rim at will anytime there was a fast break opportunity.

“Tyus, you know, in the open court is really good,” said Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim.

Battle was an efficient 8-of-13 from the field and could not be stopped when he put his head down to attack the basket.

Buddy Boeheim scored a career-high 16 points, with 11 coming in the first half. He finished 4-of-5 from three-point range. He was the spark that Syracuse needed and helped get things rolling for the offense in the first half.

The best part for Buddy might have come late in the game when he made the crowd think he was going to take a three, but Jim Boeheim told him not to shoot because Syracuse had a lead and a chance to run some clock. Jim Boeheim turned around and pointed to himself, signaling to the fans to not get too excited because Buddy has to listen to what he says.

Syracuse finished 42 percent from the field and went 7-of-18 from behind the three-point line, four of those coming from Buddy Boeheim. The team did great from the line, finishing 16-of-20 from the free throw line, an efficient 80 percent.

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Sophomore Oshae Brissett scores a basket for Syracuse against Boston College.

With just under eight minutes remaining in the second half, Syracuse had a 20-point lead over the Eagles. The momentum was in SU’s favor, and it look like Boston College was well on its way to a blowout loss. But Boston College answered with a 14-0 and cut the lead to six.

“We just made bad plays,” said Jim Boeheim. “You make four bad plays — Oshae charged, we lost the ball out-of-bounds. We threw the ball away, Marek threw the ball away. We made like four or five of those plays. A 20-point lead is nothing. They make two three’s and two two’s, and now it’s a 10-point lead, so you just can’t play poorly like that.”

However, the Orange were able to close this one out by hitting clutch shots at the free throw line, where they only missed four times all game.

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Junior Elijah Hughes looks to pass the ball while being guarded by Boston College players.

Oshae Brissett had a rough start to ACC play, but he’s posted a double-double in each of the last three games. He finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds in today’s contest.

BC was led by 21 points from Ky Bowman. Bowman almost brought BC back from what was a 20-point deficit during the second half. When it seemed like the game was all but over and SU began to pull away, Bowman was the one to hit timely shots and keep the Eagles in the game until the closing minutes.

Next on the schedule for the Orange is North Carolina State (17-7, 5-6) on Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Dome.