Brissett finishes with double-double in SU’s fourth straight win

Brissett finishes with double-double in SU's fourth straight win

Sophomore forward has his best game of the young season with 21 points and 14 boards, dominating Northeastern 72-49.
Published: December 4, 2018
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Forward Oshae Brissett scores another basket on his way to a season-high 21 points against Northeastern Tuesday.

Syracuse continued their hot stretch by winning their fourth game in a row, taking down Northeastern by a commanding 72-49 score Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse dominated from the start scoring the game’s first seven points in less than two minutes while pushing to a 10-2 lead. But Northeastern reacted, scoring 10 points in four straight possessions (in only a minute) and take a 12-10 lead. Sophomore Oshae Brissett managed to score in the next possession with a nice assist by junior guard Tyus Battle to tie the score.

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim had positive things to say about Brissett’s game.

“He was really good in there,” Boeheim said. “Against the zone there’s no block out guys, so he’s good inside, he gets position, gets up quick and gets it.”

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Sophomore Oshae Brissett prepares to win the jump ball.

After that, junior Elijah Hughes was on fire, scoring the Orange next 8 points. Syracuse ended up getting a 21-14 lead with 12:50 remaining with a three-pointer by Brissett.

In that moment, the game had a bizarre change of events where both defenses tightened up and teams started missing shots. For almost seven minutes, the only bucket was a three-pointer by Northeastern’s Donnell Gresham. Even though it took ‘Cuse over seven minutes to find the rim again, they still held a 23-19 lead.

“We just didn’t play good offensively,” Boeheim said. “We really changed the game around with our defense.”

The Orange reacted in the final minutes of the first half to take a 35-23 lead at the break.

In the second half, both teams’ offenses struggled. Syracuse scored only nine points in the first six minutes, and Northeastern scored only eight. That’s when the Orange started getting in the zone, going on an 11-4 run to take a 55-37 lead and put the game away.

This was the second game of the season that the Orange defense was able to hold the opposition to less than 50 points,

Syracuse is now 5-0 at home in the Carrier Dome this season, outscoring their opponents by an average of 72 to 53.

Syracuse’s next game will be Saturday in the Carrier Dome at 3:30 p.m. against 6-1 Georgetown.

“It’s a big game, it’s a good game, it’s an important game,” Boeheim said regarding the upcoming game with its former Big East rival.