NCAAB Game Recap - Pittsburgh at Syracuse
Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:00 PM EST

Baylor
72
Fla
61
F
Pacif
59
Gonz
92
F
Tenn
68
Kansas
74
F
ND
84
FlaSt
85
F
Clem
62
Lou
80
F
Dayt
87
Rich
79
F
Vill
64
Prov
60
F
Mizzu
51
WVU
74
F
KY
76
TxTch
74
F(OT)
IaSt
76
Aub
80
F
SMU
74
Mem
70
F
Ill
64
Mich
62
F
Ariz
65
AzSt
66
F
Wash
62
Colora
76
F
Nebras
72
Rut
75
F
Pitt
61
Syr
69
F
Del
76
NE
74
F
Mia-FL
71
UNC
94
F
Lafy
74
Leh
56
F
VACom
76
LaSal
65
F
Mercer
69
VMI
66
F
Maine
53
UMBC
63
F
IL-C
69
Detr
70
F
Furm
78
Citad
54
F
Army
73
Navy
66
F
LSU
69
Tex
67
F
MisSt
62
Okla
63
F
StJon
79
DeP
66
F
VaTec
56
BC
61
F
WIGB
94
YSU
98
F(OT)
Presb
57
Winth
72
F
Temp
59
Penn
66
F
E MI
68
MiaO
73
F
Duques
64
UMass
73
F
Brad
53
IndSt
61
F
App
78
CoCar
58
F
Colg
79
Amer
69
F
Boston
79
HolyC
64
F
Denv
70
NDSt
82
F
UNCG
70
Samf
63
F
SIU
58
IlSt
55
F
LaTec
72
UAB
58
F
Hartfo
62
Albany
48
F
URI
81
StBon
75
F
IUPUI
89
Oakl
85
F(OT)
WIMil
53
Clev
70
F
FaDi
60
SacHr
77
F
Akr
88
Ohio
86
F
Wagn
76
CenCT
86
F
FlaAM
87
How
83
F
NCSU
58
GaTec
64
F
StJos
69
GrgWas
85
F
OkSt
73
TexAM
62
F
TCU
67
Ark
78
F
UNH
77
Bingha
69
F
UNCA
63
USC-Up
80
F
Tows
70
W&M
58
F
Lib
43
Stetsn
48
F
StFPA
79
StFNY
86
F
Hamp
79
Radf
83
F
FlInt
49
Charl
75
F
Drex
59
Hof
72
F
JMU
73
Elon
82
F
Chat
64
ETSU
75
F
Colum
50
Corn
62
F
UNCW
72
Charl
70
F
SEMO
59
E IL
61
F
BethC
95
NCAT
98
F
DelSt
45
NCC
72
F
Morg
50
Copp
48
F
Oral
80
SDak
91
F
SeLA
84
NWSt
81
F(OT)
HBU
89
McNee
102
F
ChaSo
92
GWebb
83
F(2OT)
RobM
71
LongI
66
F
Ball
66
CenMI
71
F
W MI
52
NIU
58
F
AbCh
70
CenAR
69
F(OT)
Jacksn
83
KennSt
64
F
Belm
78
APSU
86
F
NFla
73
Lipsco
85
F
AF
81
SJSU
90
F
BYU
82
USF
83
F
USC
75
OrSt
55
F
N CO
74
Ida
53
F
TexAr
64
TxSt
62
F
MorSt
51
JacSt
72
F
Bry
76
MtStM
79
F
GASt
82
GaSo
77
F
S UT
78
E WA
81
F(OT)
TXAMC
68
InWor
47
F
TN-M
79
SIU-E
76
F
SFA
70
Lamar
62
F
Miss
70
UGA
60
F
ArkSt
78
Troy
62
F
Tul
62
ECU
81
F
SCla
65
USD
52
F
PorSt
82
NoAZ
84
F
UTEP
57
N TX
67
F
SoMis
63
MidTN
65
F
KansSt
74
Alab
77
F
GMas
53
David
68
F
ArkPB
54
PVAM
67
F
AlSt
71
South
80
F
Gram
53
JackSt
71
F
SCSt
62
Norf
73
F
AlaAM
58
Alc
59
F
NJIT
56
FlGlf
54
F
WaSt
64
Utah
76
F
Longw
72
HiPt
62
F
Woff
72
WCU
81
F
UMassL
62
Vermt
92
F
BGSU
85
Toled
79
F
FlAtl
55
OlDom
65
F
Harv
70
Dart
66
F
LoyMD
83
Buck
98
F
Nich
77
NOrl
72
F
Marsh
84
W Ky
91
F
UCF
79
WichSt
87
F
Portl
69
Pepp
80
F
NM
74
Nev
96
F
Bois
87
Fres
53
F
NMSt
67
TexPA
62
F
UtVal
73
GrCan
69
F
IPFW
71
NebOm
75
F
W IL
77
N DA
83
F
ULMo
60
ULLa
81
F
TexSA
90
Rice
88
F
Vand
64
SCar
90
F
TNSt
64
Murr
76
F
StMar
73
LoyMa
62
F
Mont
85
Web
87
F(OT)
MTSt
75
IdaSt
64
F
MsVl
67
TXSo
80
F
ArkLR
73
SthAL
71
F
E KY
80
TNTec
74
F
UCRiv
63
UCSB
65
F
Seatt
86
CSBak
79
F
UMKC
67
CBap
57
F
CAPoly
67
UCIrv
74
F
ColSt
61
UtSt
77
F
CSNor
75
CS-Ful
82
F
UCDav
75
HI
76
F

Jan 25, 2020, 12:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Pittsburgh (13-7)

21

40

61

Syracuse (13-7)

32

37

69

Boeheim scores 21, Syracuse beats Pittsburgh 69-61
Sat Jan 25, 2020 3:59 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) When the game was on the line, Marek Dolezaj stood tall for Syracuse.

The slender 6-foot-10 native of Slovakia had 17 points and seven rebounds, Buddy Boeheim added 21 points, and the Orange held off Pittsburgh 69-61 on Saturday.

The Orange won despite off nights for two of their leading scorers.

"I just need to try to go to the basket, make a shot, help the team," Dolezaj said.

Syracuse had surged at the start and led by as many as 20 points, but after Ryan Murphy's 3-pointer from the top of the key moved Pittsburgh within 59-54 with 3:31 remaining in the game, Dolezaj stood tall. He hit a floater in the lane, put back a miss by Elijah Hughes, blocked a lob attempt, fed Hughes for a fast-break dunk, and sank two free throws in the final seconds to frustrate the Panthers.

"I tell him every single day in practice and in games that he needs to be aggressive," Hughes said of Dolezaj. "If he is, we're a different team. Our leading scorers, they have room to have off nights."

"He's really a key player for us to be successful," added Orange coach Jim Boeheim. "It's good to have a versatile guy there. He's really a versatile player, plays center, plays forward, handles the ball, takes it out. He's a a huge key to what we do."

Syracuse (13-7, 6-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won five straight as it tries to rebound from a lackluster start to the season and build a resume for postseason consideration. That the Orange won when leading scorer Hughes and freshman point guard Joe Girard struggled to score was an important sign.

Hughes, who entered the game leading the ACC in scoring and was on a remarkable streak, matched his season low with 10 points and Girard finished with seven as the two combined to shoot 6 of 21, 1 for 11 from behind the arc.

Pittsburgh (13-7, 4-5) was coming off home wins over North Carolina and Boston College but now has lost six straight to the Orange.

"In the second half we weren't on our heels. I thought we did a better job, but we had dug ourselves a little bit too deep of a hole to get out of," Pitt coach Jeff Capel said. "We put ourselves in position ... where it's a three-point game a couple of times, but we weren't able to close it out."

Quincy Guerrier had 10 points and eight rebounds for the Orange.

Justin Champagnie led Pitt with 14 points and Terrell Brown had 11. Leading scorer Trey McGowens had seven points.

A layup by Champagnie closed the gap to 56-47 with 6:02 left as the Panthers outscored Syracuse 14-3 in a five-minute surge. A foul-line jumper by Brown pulled Pitt within 59-56 with 2:43 left, but Hughes converted a drive through the lane and Dolezaj's putback of a miss by Hughes with 1:43 helped keep the Panthers at bay.

"We did a lot of good things, and with Joe and Elijah being on their game, we survived those two having a bad game, which is a good thing for this team," coach Boeheim said.

Pitt missed 10 of its first 11 shots as the Syracuse defense swarmed, blocking five shots, three by Hughes. The Orange, who converted three three-point plays in the first half, used a 15-2 run to create some separation. Three-point plays by Dolezaj and Guerrier in less than a minute staked the Orange to a 20-7 lead just past the midpoint of the period and a putback by Bourama Sidibe boosted the margin to 30-10 with 4:59 left.

The Panthers, who were 6-of-26 shooting (23.1%) responded with an 11-0 spurt to get back in it. Au'Diese Toney and Xavier Johnson each hit 3-pointers to key the run and two free throws by Toney cut the margin to single digits in the final minute before Girard hit a layup for the Orange to give them a 32-21 halftime lead despite zero points from Hughes, who missed all five of his shots.

LUCKY 18

Boeheim scored 18 points in the first half, going 6 of 11 from the floor, including three 3-pointers. He also had 18 straight points in the first half in a win at Virginia Tech a week ago.

"When you see a couple go down, especially trying to start off inside in the lane, the court just opens up for you," Buddy said. "You want to make plays, you want to attack, you want to try to get your jumper going. Elijah and Joe were finding me and I was able to knock some down and get in a rhythm. When that happens, you just want the ball."

"We were fortunate Buddy got it going early to give us the lead," coach Boeheim said. "That enabled us to help us kind of hang in there."

BIG PICTURE

Pittsburgh: The Panthers entered the game allowing 61.7 points per game, the second-best figure in the ACC, and are 2-3 on the road, matching their win total on the road in the three previous seasons combined. Pitt still has a chance to boost its resume with road games against Duke and Florida State and home contests against Virginia and Syracuse, but it's an uphill climb.

Syracuse: The Orange have an ace in Hughes, whose steady contributions have been as impressive as it gets. Hughes entered the game averaging 19.7 and his season low was 10 points against Iowa in December. In every other game he had scored at least 14 points and in the previous eight his totals were: 18, 19, 19, 18, 18, 19, 17, 26. He also contributed 34 assists and 48 rebounds in those games and has 20 steals and 18 blocks on the season.

UP NEXT

Pittsburgh: Panthers play at No. 8 Duke on Tuesday night.

Syracuse: Orange play at Clemson on Tuesday night.

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Leaders

Pittsburgh PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
O. Ezeakudo 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Champagnie 14 0 1 9 1 0
Syracuse PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Goodine 0 0 1 1 1 0
B. Boeheim 21 0 1 2 0 0

Team Comparison

Pitt Syr
Points For 61 69
Field Goals 21/54-39% 24/55-44%
Three Pointers 5/21-24% 5/21-24%
Free Throws 14/20-70% 16/23-70%
Offensive Rebounds 8 10
Defensive Rebounds 25 29
Rebounds 34 42
Blocks 4 6
Steals 8 6
Turnovers 11 13
Personal Fouls 20 15
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Jan 25 Pitt 61 @ Syr 69 G. Drumgoole Jr. 2 B. Sidibe 4

Game Information

Stadium: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York
Attendance: 23,711
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