Sports SUmmary: Men’s hoops struggle with three game losing streak
Sports SUmmary: Men's hoops struggle with three game losing streak
A tough loss to the Bryant Bulldogs on Saturday included star Orange guard Judah Mintz getting ejected after smacking 2022 March Madness phenom Doug Edert in the face. Syracuse men’s basketball dropped their third straight game on Tuesday, losing to Illinois by 29 points.
The season continues to spiral downward.
For the first time this year, no one on the team scored over 10 points and the Orange shot 27.8% from the field. Head coach Jim Boeheim’s iconic 2-3 zone was exploited at times, and Illinois’ second half scoring total was one less than the Orange’s point total for the whole game.
While there were not many bright spots in the performance for Syracuse, one positive was that freshman guard Justin Taylor continued to display his shooting prowess, knocking down two three-pointers on four attempts.
Next, Jim Boeheim and crew will open ACC play and travel to Indiana for a matchup against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5-1), who defeated the Orange last year 79-69. Tip-off is set for Saturday at 12 p.m.
Syracuse football ends regular season on high note
After a five game losing skid that included blowing double digit fourth quarter leads, getting obliterated at home by opponents, and overall stagnant offense, Syracuse football was able to muster out a victory on Saturday, defeating Boston College 32-23.
It was a big win for the Orange, after starting the year winning six straight and claiming bowl eligibility, it was important that the team ended on a positive note after an underwhelming second half of the season.
The offense came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring 26 of their 32 points, all of them coming unanswered until the game had been all but decided.
Quarterback Garrett Shrader recorded his most touchdown passes (two) since October 15, and had his highest completion percentage (77.8%) since October 1.
While the team patiently waits to see who they will play in their bowl game, they can celebrate the way the regular season ended on a high note, and congratulate the eight players on the team who earned All-ACC honors including sophomore Oronde Gadsden II, who was named first-team tight end.
Full List of Syracuse ALL-ACC:
Second Team All-ACC Offense: OT Matthew Bergeron
Third Team All-ACC Offense: AP Sean Tucker
Third Team All-ACC Defense: LB Mikel Jones
Honorable Mention All-ACC: LB Marlowe Wax, CB Duce Chestnut, CB Garrett Williams & S Ja’Had Carter
Women’s basketball enjoys early season success
Felisha Legette-Jack’s tenure as head coach for the women’s team is off to a great start. The team has more than double the amount of wins it did last season through six games and is tied for 10th in the country in blocks per game.
Promising performances from seniors Dyaisha Fair and Dariauna Lewis, who is currently 23rd in the country in rebounds per game, give the team and fans hope for another appearance in the NCAA tournament after an absence last year.
Orange hoops (5-1) play today against the Purdue Boilermakers in the ACC Big Ten Challenge at 6 p.m. The Boilermakers are currently 6-1 and will be looking to protect their home court after losing their last home game against Florida State.
Men’s soccer advances to Elite Eight in national tournament
A thrilling 1-0 finish on Sunday against Cornell propelled the No. 3 Syracuse men’s soccer team to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. The team will attempt to extend this magical run on Saturday at 2 p.m. when they host unranked Vermont College.