NCAAB Game Recap - Georgia Tech at Syracuse
Sat Feb 22, 2020 4:00 PM EST

Kansas
64
Baylor
61
F
Gonz
78
BYU
91
F
UNLV
66
SDSU
63
F
Duques
70
Dayt
80
F
VaTec
64
Duke
88
F
FlaSt
67
NCSU
61
F
Fla
59
KY
65
F
UNC
55
Lou
72
F
Vill
64
Xav
55
F
Tenn
66
Aub
73
F
Oreg
73
Ariz
72
F(OT)
WVU
60
TCU
67
F(OT)
UCLA
70
Colora
63
F
Marq
72
Prov
84
F
Hou
59
Mem
60
F
Tul
75
UCF
74
F
UVA
59
Pitt
56
F
Woff
66
Furm
67
F
MidTN
61
SoMis
53
F
Mizzu
68
Ark
78
F
Hamp
87
Winth
81
F
UNCG
71
VMI
68
F
E MI
55
Ball
64
F
CBap
95
ChiSt
53
F
Navy
75
Army
86
F(OT)
Tex
70
KansSt
59
F
NoKY
61
YSU
59
F
Toled
68
W MI
59
F
Elon
71
Tows
84
F
Mich
71
Purd
63
F
NE
77
Drex
68
F
SthAL
74
CoCar
71
F
ETSU
80
Samf
74
F
SMU
57
Tuls
79
F
Murr
59
SIU-E
58
F
NebOm
93
W IL
86
F
GaSo
81
TexAr
61
F
WriSt
81
Clev
74
F(OT)
MisSt
75
TexAM
87
F
LoyIL
62
MOSt
74
F
ULLa
77
ULMo
83
F
TNSt
63
MorSt
66
F
LaTec
73
N TX
71
F
SCSt
65
BethC
69
F(OT)
GaTec
72
Syr
79
F
Okla
66
OkSt
83
F
LaSal
72
GrgWas
62
F
Troy
59
App
68
F
GrCan
80
UtVal
92
F
SJSU
71
ColSt
78
F
Wyo
78
AF
72
F
Hartfo
75
Bingha
74
F
FlGlf
55
NJIT
39
F
W&M
78
JMU
74
F
UMass
57
Ford
49
F
Hof
78
Del
62
F
MiaO
65
Akr
75
F
IUPUI
72
IL-C
77
F
MD-ES
55
NCC
74
F
Norf
63
FlaAM
66
F
DelSt
86
Copp
98
F
StJos
55
GMas
62
F
CenMI
81
NIU
82
F(OT)
NOrl
82
McNee
77
F
Drake
53
IlSt
57
F
Mercer
85
Chat
80
F
USC-Up
60
Radf
81
F
Presb
64
UNCA
75
F
Ohio
61
BGSU
62
F
Nich
65
CenAR
84
F
How
67
NCAT
71
F
APSU
80
E IL
83
F(OT)
Lipsco
74
NFla
82
F
ArkLR
81
ArkSt
78
F
Sac
67
Ida
56
F
GASt
76
TxSt
86
F
AbCh
75
SeLA
69
F
TN-M
58
JacSt
72
F
Campbl
61
GWebb
73
F
Stetsn
49
Lib
77
F
NoAZ
70
E WA
80
F
SFA
80
InWor
56
F
URI
75
David
77
F(OT)
SEMO
62
TNTec
71
F
TXAMC
62
Lamar
79
F
TXSo
94
MsVl
92
F
KennSt
55
Jacksn
69
F
TxTch
87
IaSt
57
F
Cal
52
Wash
87
F
Pepp
61
USF
63
F(OT)
UGA
80
Vand
78
F
LSU
86
SCar
80
F
Brown
45
Corn
63
F
Clem
82
BC
64
F
JackSt
61
Gram
63
F
HBU
73
SamH
77
F
Rich
71
StBon
75
F
South
56
AlSt
44
F
Charl
72
W Ky
70
F
Rice
62
UTEP
68
F
OlDom
66
Marsh
74
F
UAB
58
FlAtl
65
F
HI
60
LongB
64
F
HiPt
54
Longw
57
F
UNH
68
Albany
56
F
UMBC
66
Vermt
64
F
Maine
46
Stony
54
F
Charl
55
UNCW
68
F
Penn
65
Harv
69
F
Belm
83
E KY
70
F
Princ
65
Dart
62
F
Yale
83
Colum
65
F
Alc
61
AlaAM
71
F
Citad
84
WCU
96
F
USD
63
StMar
92
F
OrSt
73
AzSt
74
F
NDSt
68
N DA
71
F
Brad
78
Valpa
90
F
Alab
103
Miss
78
F
PVAM
69
ArkPB
61
F
GTown
68
DeP
74
F
S UT
71
Web
82
F
TexPA
62
NMSt
78
F
Mont
59
MTSt
54
F
N CO
85
IdaSt
72
F
UCRiv
61
CAPoly
49
F
CSBak
54
Seatt
69
F
UCDav
56
UCSB
70
F
LoyMa
66
Portl
58
F
SCla
74
Pacif
87
F
UCIrv
87
CSNor
64
F
Fres
76
Nev
78
F

Feb 22, 2020, 4:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Georgia Tech (13-14)

38

34

72

Syracuse (15-12)

27

52

79

Girard sparks Syracuse 79-72 comeback win over Georgia Tech
Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:53 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Things looked bleak for Syracuse entering Saturday's game against Georgia Tech.

Losers of three straight, the Orange displayed little energy in the first half, shooting just 7 of 26, and trailed by 11 at the break, 38-27.

A deep 3 and short jumper by freshman Joe Girard to open the second half gave Syracuse (15-12, 8-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) the spark it needed and the Orange outscored Georgia Tech (13-14, 7-9) 52-34 in the final 20 minutes en route to a 79-72 win.

“I’ve got to give them credit the way they played the second half. They made some tough shots,” said Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner. “I thought the whole game came down to Girard hitting that deep 3 to start the second half and then he hit another bucket.

That just changed the momentum because we were up by 11 and I thought we ready to bury them.”

After shooting 27 percent in the first half, the Orange heated up and hit 16 of 25 for 64 % after intermission.

“You know it’s going to be hard to come back from 11 but we did, ultimately,” said Girard, who scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half. “I was just out there trying to make plays, got an open look and shot it. It went in, thankfully.

We knew the first few minutes of the second half were going to be crucial and in the beginning we got it rolling. From there, we controlled the whole second half.”

Elijah Hughes and Marek Dolezaj each scored 20 to lead Syracuse. Buddy Boeheim added 13 and Bourama Sidibe had 10 rebounds, three steals and six points, including a crucial put-back, before fouling out.

Dolezaj scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half, including 14 in the last seven minutes. He hit six consecutive foul shots to help seal the win.

Moses Wright had a career-high 33 points on 14 of 17 inside-the-paint shooting and added 10 rebounds. Michael Devoe added 11 points. The loss snapped Georgia Tech’s modest two-game winning streak.

“They (Syracuse) didn’t have the same energy in the second half, and it caused us to have turnovers” Wright said. “And it caused Syracuse to have more energy on the offensive end. That shot (Girard) seemed to give them a little bit more confidence.”

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, not given to lavish praise, was proud of his team’s comeback.

“At halftime, this was a very hard game to win. After you lose three in a row it’s even harder. They just went out there and ignored what happened and just played, and it’s a tremendous tribute to those five guys.

This is one of the best second halves we ever played. Anywhere. This was a tremendous win.”

Boeheim also paid tribute to Sidibe, who has struggled mightily this season. His put-back gave Syracuse a 58-55 lead with 6:27 to go. “This is what Bourama can do. He can do what he did today. It may not look like much but he can do that on a consistent basis. He makes us different when he can do those things."

“Bourama played great in the second half,” Dolezaj said. “That’s what we need from him every single night.”

Sparked by eight points from Girard, Syracuse went on a 12-2 run to start the second half, closing to 40-39 on a jumper by Boeheim with 15:49 left. Dolezaj's jumper off glass made it 51-49 Georgia Tech with 10:31 to go.

Hughes hit 1 of 2 free throws, giving Syracuse a 52-51 margin with 9:15 left in regulation for its first lead since 4-2. A lay-in by Girard extended Syracuse's margin to three and Syracuse took its largest lead of the half up to that point, 68-62, on a lay-in by Dolezaj with 4:53 left.

Two foul shots by Hughes gave Syracuse its largest lead, 72-62 with 1:22 to go.

Wright dominated inside in the first half, scoring 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting, all from inside the paint. In the half, the Yellow Jackets hit 13 of 27 and 4 of 9 from beyond the arc. Georgia Tech outscored the Orange 18-8 in the paint and held a 38-27 lead at the break. The Orange missed 10 straight field goal attempts and 1 of 14 during one stretch.

NO BANKS

Yellow Jackets center James Banks III fouled out with more than six minutes to go, which robbed the team of an inside presence that could have changed things at the end.

NO SPREE FROM 3

Syracuse, which relies on 3-point shooting, continues to struggle from beyond the arc. The Orange shot just 5 of 14.

BIG PICTURE

Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets let this game slip away and begins a three-game home stand to salvage its season.

Syracuse: The Orange showed a lot of heart in its comeback. Playing for nothing much more than pride, Syracuse played with energy and purpose in the second half. The Orange must win the ACC Tournament to gain an NCAA post-season bid.

UP NEXT

Georgia Tech begins a three-game home stand Tuesday against Clemson.

Syracuse goes on the road Wednesday for a matchup against long-time former Big East rival Pittsburgh.

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Leaders

Georgia Tech PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Moore 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Wright 33 0 2 10 0 0
Syracuse PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
B. Goodine 0 0 0 0 0 0
H. Washington 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

GaTec Syr
Points For 72 79
Field Goals 24/52-46% 23/51-45%
Three Pointers 6/15-40% 5/14-36%
Free Throws 18/26-69% 28/36-78%
Offensive Rebounds 8 7
Defensive Rebounds 24 26
Rebounds 36 40
Blocks 0 3
Steals 4 6
Turnovers 17 12
Personal Fouls 26 20
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Syr Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Dec 7 Syr 97 @ GaTec 63 H. Washington 2 S. Phillips 3
Sat Feb 22 GaTec 72 @ Syr 79 E. Cole 2 J. Edwards 2

Game Information

Stadium: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York
Attendance: 26,661
Game Time: