Syracuse basketball bounces back from last loss with 83-57 win over Miami
SU basketball crushes Miami 83-57
Syracuse basketball ended a two game losing streak with a 83-57 win over the Miami Hurricanes. The Orange were led by a three-point barrage, with Joseph Girard III and Buddy Boeheim combining for nine made threes. Both Girard and Boeheim finished with 23 points and Quincy Guerrier did work down low with 18 points and 8 rebounds.
A slow start saw the Canes go up 11 to 2, but head coach Jim Boeheim went with an unusual lineup. With Marek Dolezaj in foul trouble and Buddy Boeheim off to an early 0-for-3 start, Syracuse had Girard, Kadary Richmond, Alan Griffin, Guerrier and Jesse Edwards as its five. Those five went on a run to tie things up and eventually gave the Orange a lead that they would not look back on.
The decision to play Girard and Richmond together stood out. In his first three minutes of action, Richmond ran the offense with some of the best tempo it’s seen all season, scoring two points, deflecting a pass on defense and dishing out three assists – all while helping Girard get into an early rhythm from deep.
After its fast start, Miami struggled to regain its footing and come back from the Syracuse run. Anthony Walker had nine points of the first quick 11 for the Canes, but only finished with 13 for the game. Isaiah Wong, who had 30 points versus Louisville, had 16 points, with many coming in the second half.
The big man for Miami was practically shut down, as Nysier Brooks only came up with six points and six rebounds, which was a big point of emphasis going into the game for the Orange.
Overall, it was one of the most complete games Syracuse has played all season long, which was needed after a few iffy games at best.
Up next will be Virginia Tech on Saturday, Jan. 23 at noon, which will be a chance for an important win for a Syracuse basketball team in need of a quality win.