NCAAB Game Recap - Syracuse at Pittsburgh
Wed Feb 26, 2020 7:00 PM EST

MD
74
Minn
73
F
StJon
60
Vill
71
F
Rut
64
PSU
65
F
UGA
90
SCar
94
F(OT)
UCF
65
UConn
81
F
ECU
68
SoFL
73
F(OT)
Syr
72
Pitt
49
F
Rich
73
GrgWas
70
F
Brad
74
IlSt
71
F(OT)
Albany
69
UMassL
88
F
Sien
84
Quin
77
F
Denv
51
IPFW
58
F
ETSU
60
Woff
54
F
Samf
78
WCU
109
F
Chat
71
VMI
64
F
UVA
56
VaTec
53
F
Hartfo
65
Stony
54
F
Duques
81
StBon
77
F(OT)
Furm
81
UNCG
67
F
LoyMD
57
Navy
62
F
Bingha
76
UMBC
74
F
VACom
52
UMass
60
F
Maris
56
Manh
65
F
UNH
77
Maine
70
F
Boston
55
Leh
57
F(OT)
URI
76
Ford
75
F
Mercer
73
Citad
57
F
Colg
70
Buck
71
F
HolyC
61
Army
67
F
Lafy
59
Amer
79
F
NWSt
59
SFA
90
F
SeLA
82
McNee
104
F
N DA
83
NebOm
84
F(OT)
ArkSt
74
ULLa
77
F
IndSt
77
SIU
68
F
Evans
64
NrthIA
84
F
TXAMC
81
NOrl
75
F
InWor
66
Lamar
86
F
Nich
93
HBU
85
F
GTown
72
Marq
93
F
Tenn
69
Ark
86
F
ND
62
BC
61
F
NM
58
AF
60
F
Mizzu
61
Vand
52
F
StJos
63
StLou
76
F
LSU
66
Fla
81
F
SamH
69
AbCh
85
F
UtVal
66
CBap
73
F
Utah
62
Stan
70
F
CSNor
73
LongB
64
F
Bois
66
UNLV
76
F

Feb 26, 2020, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Syracuse (16-12)

37

35

72

Pittsburgh (15-14)

21

28

49

Hughes scores 25, Syracuse blows out Pittsburgh 72-49
Wed Feb 26, 2020 11:56 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) A month ago, the sight of Buddy Boeheim hobbling to the bench might have left Syracuse shaken. Not so much anymore.

Elijah Hughes scored 25 points, Joe Girard III added 16 and Bourama Sibide chipped in 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Orange smothered Pittsburgh 72-49 on Wednesday night. Syracuse (16-12, 9-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) did it with Boeheim going scoreless in 15 minutes before turning his left ankle while getting tangled up with Panther guard Xavier Johnson. The Orange's second-leading scorer slowly made his way off the court and didn't return.

Syracuse hardly needed him. Not with Hughes getting whatever he wanted wherever he wanted, Girard III knocking down four 3-pointers and Sidibe having his way in the lane.

"To lose Buddy like that, it's not easy," Orange coach Jim Boeheim said. "He's been real steady for us and everybody else picked it up."

The Orange have won two straight since a three-game slide that ended with a blowout loss at No. 11 Louisville last week. They used their 2-3 zone to suffocate the smaller and uncertain Panthers (15-14, 6-12). Pitt turned it over 17 times, shot just 29% shooting (16 of 55) from the field and had no answer following a 13-2 run by the Orange immediately after Buddy Boeheim's exit.

Justin Champagnie led Pitt with 13 points and 17 rebounds but received little help. The Panthers have dropped five consecutive games and 6 of 7 overall, dulling some of the program's upward trajectory in coach Jeff Capel's second season.

"We have to be better," Capel said. "When I say `we,' I'm not blaming anyone. We have to be better across the board and we will be."

The Orange won the first meeting between the longtime rivals on Jan. 25, riding Buddy Boeheim early then withstanding a serious push by the Panthers to hold on for a 69-61 victory. The Orange led just 24-19 when Boeheim turned his ankle. Yet rather than teeter, Syracuse hit the gas. Pitt went without a field goal over the final 5:55 of the first half as the zoomed to a 37-21 lead at the break.

Hughes, who made 8 of 15 shots from the field and 7 of 8 from the line, beat the Panthers in a variety of ways. He knocked down two 3-pointers and slashed his way to the basket regardless of who Pitt threw at him. Jim Boeheim called it Hughes' best all-around game of the season.

"He hasn't been shooting well," Jim Boeheim said. "When he makes (his) shot, he's hard to defend. He's had a great year, he's as good as anybody."

The Panthers couldn't keep pace. Pitt put together a small surge at the beginning of the second half, getting within 11 at one point but the momentum didn't last. The Panthers looked indecisive against the Orange's zone and either settled for 3-pointers it couldn't make - Pitt hot just 6 of 26 from 3 - or unsuccessfully tried to get to the rim.

"Tonight they couldn't make anything," Boeheim said of the Panthers. "When that happens, there's nothing you can do about it."

When Girard III knocked down 3-pointers on consecutive possessions, it gave Syracuse a 57-32 advantage. Capel sent in senior Anthony Starzynski - a walk-on who survived - looking for a spark that never arrived. Capel refused to use fatigue as an excuse. It's the end of February, every team in the nation is tired.

"It's the grind," Capel said. "You have to be mentally tough enough, physically tough enough to push through and we haven't."

BIG PICTURE

Syracuse: The Orange probably need to win their final three regular season games and then make some serious noise in the ACC tournament to have any shot at the NCAAs, but winning so easily with Boeheim a non-factor showcased the kind of depth they didn't have earlier in the year.

Pitt: Capel is still very much in the building phase two years after taking over a team that went winless in conference play the season before he arrived. Of the four players who said goodbye during Senior Night only one - graduate transfer center Eric Hamilton - played significant minutes. The Panthers are still very young, but they also have looked run down of late, similar to last season when they dropped 13 straight conference games.

UP NEXT

Syracuse: Host North Carolina on Saturday.

Pitt: Finish up the regular season with a two-game road trip beginning on Saturday at North Carolina State.

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Leaders

Syracuse PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. LaValle 0 0 1 0 0 0
N. Giancola 0 0 0 0 0 0
Pittsburgh PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Marshall 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. George 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Syr Pitt
Points For 72 49
Field Goals 26/56-46% 16/55-29%
Three Pointers 8/22-36% 6/26-23%
Free Throws 12/19-63% 11/14-79%
Offensive Rebounds 10 8
Defensive Rebounds 31 24
Rebounds 42 33
Blocks 5 2
Steals 9 8
Turnovers 15 16
Personal Fouls 13 17
Technical Fouls 0 1
Ejections 0 0

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

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Jan 25 Pitt 61 @ Syr 69 G. Drumgoole Jr. 2 B. Sidibe 4
Wed Feb 26 Syr 72 @ Pitt 49 B. Paul 3 A. Coulibaly 2

Game Information

Stadium: Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 9,001
Game Time: