The Orange pick up their first home conference win.
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Syracuse, N.Y. — On Wednesday night, the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team beat the Boston College Eagles 76-50.
Both teams were cold in the first few minutes until Boston College opened the scoring at the 17:24 mark when CJ Felder made one of two free throws after being fouled by Elijah Hughes. Joe Girard III converted an and-one lay-in on the next possession to put the Orange up 3-1. At the first media timeout at the 15:47 mark, the score was still 3-1.
BC missed its first nine field goals of the game. During that time, Buddy Boeheim hit a three-pointer and Elijah Hughes left the game at the 13:12 mark after a bad fall on a shot attempt that was called a charging foul. He would later return, but Quincy Guerrier replaced Hughes with the Orange leading 6-1.
The Eagles’ first made field goal of the game came on a two-point jumper by Steffon Mitchell at the 12:03, making the score 6-3 in favor of Syracuse.
Hughes returned to the game with 8:15 left in the half and the Orange up 11-7. Syracuse closed the half on a 27-6 run led by Buddy Boeheim, who had 15 points in the first half, and Hughes, who scored all nine of his first-half points, including a steal and slam in transition, after re-entering the game.
The Orange shot 46.4 percent from the field in the first half while the Eagles shot just 18.5 percent (including 0-14 from three-point range). Syracuse went into the half with a 32-12 lead over Boston College.
Orange finish the half on a 27-6 run in the final eight minutes (since Hughes re-entered the game) and lead 38-13 at the half. Sorry, BC fans, but Ky Bowman isn’t walking through that tunnel. @NunesMagician pic.twitter.com/lf7dtbItem— Austin Lamb (@AustinCLamb) January 16, 2020
Syracuse and BC traded buckets for the second half, with the Orange scoring 38 and the Eagles 37. Julian Rishwain hit the Eagles’ first three-pointer of the game at the 13:43 mark. BC had missed its previous 18 attempts.
At a media timeout with 10:38 left in the game, each team had scored 19 points in the second frame, and the Orange led 57-32.
For the latter part of the contest, Boston College started to pick up from three-point range, hitting four more of them. But SU had a response as well from inside and outside, and maintained its large lead.
The Orange brought ticket holders Taco Time when Brycen Goodine, clad in a headband and face mask for his broken nose, scored a lay-in and was fouled with 4:32 left in the game. He made his free throw, putting SU up 72-45. Shortly after, Jay Heath hit a two-point jumper in response, Goodine scored again on a layup, and Jairus Hamilton hit a three-pointer.
At a media timeout with 2:37 left and SU up 74-50, fans filed for the exits. The four walk-ons entered the game with 1:21 left, and SU got its first home conference win of the season.
The Orange shot 51.9 percent from the field, including 44.4 percent from three-point range, and out-rebounded the Eagles 40-28 . BC shot 32.8 percent from the field, and 20 percent from three-point range.
Marek Dolezaj finished with a double-double by posting 10 points and 11 rebounds. Joe Girard scored 12 points on 3-4 shooting from distance.
The Orange travel to Blacksburg, Virginia, on Saturday for a rematch against Virginia Tech. That game tips at noon and will be available for streaming on ACCNX.