NCAAB Game Recap - Boston College at Syracuse
Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:30 PM EST

IaSt
55
Baylor
68
F
Aub
64
Alab
83
F
Seton
78
Butl
70
F
UVA
50
FlaSt
54
F
KY
78
SCar
81
F
WichSt
53
Temp
65
F
Crei
80
GTown
83
F
Colg
67
Lafy
71
F
StFPA
100
FaDi
85
F
CenCT
55
SacHr
66
F
BC
50
Syr
76
F
Samf
63
ETSU
88
F
Tuls
65
ECU
49
F
Mia-FL
63
NCSU
80
F
GMas
67
GrgWas
73
F
Ford
56
Duques
58
F(OT)
Bry
67
(N/A)
71
F
Vermt
72
Bingha
53
F
Woff
59
Chat
72
F
LongI
69
StFNY
66
F
UMass
61
StBon
74
F
Ind
50
Rut
59
F
Albany
76
UNH
73
F(OT)
VMI
62
Mercer
73
F
UMassL
98
Maine
104
F(OT)
Navy
88
Leh
83
F
Evans
42
IndSt
65
F
Stony
65
Hartfo
68
F
Tenn
63
UGA
80
F
WCU
79
Furm
83
F
StPet
51
Fairf
61
F
UNCG
79
Citad
69
F
Buck
60
Amer
61
F
InWor
56
McNee
72
F
URI
71
StJos
61
F
Tex
76
OkSt
64
F
Xav
65
Marq
85
F
N DA
66
SDSt
87
F
SDak
70
NDSt
72
F
SFA
77
CenAR
76
F
Brad
91
MOSt
78
F
TXAMC
56
SeLA
62
F
Valpa
78
NrthIA
88
F
NWSt
73
Nich
72
F
SamH
80
Lamar
75
F(OT)
NOrl
106
HBU
98
F
ND
78
GaTec
74
F
Vand
55
Ark
75
F
StJon
58
Prov
63
F
SMU
62
Hou
71
F
TexSA
77
UTEP
80
F(OT)
NM
72
ColSt
105
F
Bois
78
AF
85
F
PSU
69
Minn
75
F
UCIrv
74
CS-Ful
61
F
Stan
74
UCLA
59
F
SJSU
87
UNLV
98
F
Army
HolyC
PPD

Jan 15, 2020, 6:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Boston College (9-8)

13

37

50

Syracuse (10-7)

38

38

76

Syracuse defense stymies Boston College to rout the Eagles
Wed Jan 15, 2020 10:23 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) It was way back in the 20th century, the 1996-97 season to be precise, when Syracuse lost its first three conference games at home as a member of the Big East.

The Orange was in no mood to make history Wednesday night, routing Boston College 76-50 for its first Atlantic Coast Conference win in four tries in the Carrier Dome.

Buddy Boeheim scored 22 points, Marek Dolezaj had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds and the Syracuse defense held Boston College to 33% from the field en route to the easy win.

"We didn't talk about it (not winning at home)," Dolezaj said. "We just want to win. We didn't think about it. That's just how it is. We just need to focus a little better at home and win here. It's frustrating, 100%, not defending your home court. You want to win every single game at home."

Syracuse (10-7, 3-3 ACC) went on a 29-8 run over the final 10 minutes of the first half to take control of the game.

Boeheim scored 15 of his points in the first half, outscoring the entire BC team. Syracuse, not normally a running team, scored 24 fast-break points in the game.

Elijah Hughes had 19 points and five assists for the Orange. Joe Girard chipped in with 12.

"I thought our offense was good, our movement was good," said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, who had the rare luxury of giving his bench significant minutes. "I thought our defense was really good the first half. We were able to get the defense going and that was the difference. Overall, I thought it was a solid game for us."

The Eagles (9-8, 3-3 ACC) were just 5 of 27 from the field in the first half and 0 for 14 from beyond the arc. BC, who shoots just 30% from 3-point range, missed its first 18 3s until Julian Rishwain connected from long range with 13:43 remaining in the game.

"We're not shooting the ball, man. I think we're 3 for our last 32 from 3 in our last two games (2 for 24), something crazy like that, going into halftime," BC coach Jim Christian said. "There's not much you can do if you can't put the ball in the basket. We just have to get out of it.

"We're not a good shooting team and they're a good defensive team. We knew what they were doing. It's not like they came out and surprised us. We had some shots you've got to make. We didn't," Christian added.

BC was 20 of 61 for the game and 6 for 30 from 3.

C.J. Felder and Jairus Hamilton each scored nine for the Eagles. Felder had nine rebounds.

Hughes, who took a hard fall in the first half but returned to have his usual solid game, said the Orange is picking up a bit of steam with two straight wins after two tough losses.

"We had two rough losses at home and that hurt," he said. "It seems like a roller coaster, just up and down. Our confidence is up and we're feeling good."

The Eagles missed their first nine shots of the game and didn't hit their first field goal until Jared Hamilton scored on a jumper eight minutes in. But they trailed just 6-3 as the Orange was almost as cold, opening the contest going 2 of 9.

"I thought it was real important to win at home," Buddy Boeheim said. "The three losses we've had here really hurt. We want to be able to defend the home court because I feel the Dome is the best place to play in college basketball."

A Jay Heath layup brought the Eagles to within four at 9-5 with 10:22 to go in the first 20 minutes but then the Orange got hot, outscoring the Eagles 29-8 the rest of the first half to take a 38-13 lead into intermission, Syracuse's largest halftime lead since joining the ACC.

RUSTY:

Derryck Thornton, BC's leading scorer, returned to the starting lineup after missing the last two games. He was just 2 of 7 and 0 for 4 from 3.

HEY, GOOD BUDDY:

Boeheim was 9 of 17 from the field and 4 for 7 from 3, another solid effort for the sophomore guard.

ONE STEP FORWARD, TWO STEPS BACK:

After upsetting Virginia, BC has suffered consecutive big losses.

SURVIVING THE FALL:

Elijah Hughes, who came out midway through the first half, said he didn't think his injury was "anything major, just a hard fall." Syracuse better hope so.

BIG PICTURE

Boston College: Coach Jim Christian said he didn't think his team "has competed as hard as we're capable of competing" in the last two games. With consecutive road games coming up, the Eagles will have to shoot their way out of their funk.

Syracuse: The Orange has four winnable games coming up and must take advantage to have a glimmer of hope to make the NCAA Tournament. Right now, it's still a long shot.

UP NEXT

The Eagles go for a season sweep Sunday at Wake Forest.

Syracuse will attempt to avenge a home loss against Virginia Tech when they meet the Hokies Saturday in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Leaders

Boston College PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Williams 0 0 0 1 0 0
L. Kraljevic 0 0 1 0 0 0
Syracuse PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Paul 0 0 0 0 0 0
C. LaValle 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

BC Syr
Points For 50 76
Field Goals 20/61-33% 28/54-52%
Three Pointers 6/30-20% 8/18-44%
Free Throws 4/8-50% 12/12-100%
Offensive Rebounds 10 8
Defensive Rebounds 18 32
Rebounds 33 44
Blocks 4 6
Steals 7 7
Turnovers 11 15
Personal Fouls 14 11
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Syr Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Jan 15 BC 50 @ Syr 76 S. Mitchell 4 B. Sidibe 2

Game Information

Stadium: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York
Attendance: 21,645
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