Syracuse's rough men's basketball season continued into the New Year with a 96-81 ACC road loss to Boston College Sunday. Read more at The Juice. . .
DETROIT (AP) Marek Dolezaj scored 17 points before fouling out and 11th-seeded Syracuse shut down sixth-seeded TCU for a 57-52 victory in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.
The Orange (22-13) won for the second time in the tournament and advanced to face third-seeded Michigan State on Sunday by holding off the Horned Frogs with another impressive defensive effort. Both teams shot under 40 percent from the field.
TCU (21-12) is still without an NCAA Tournament victory since 1987, when coach Jamie Dixon was a player. This was the school's first appearance since 1998, and it was short-lived.
STINGY: Syracuse held Arizona State to a season low in points in a 60-56 victory over the Sun Devils on Wednesday night in the First Four. The Orange had to win that game to make it to the round of 64.
THEY SAID IT: The Orange haven't had much time to rest after the win over Arizona State, and TCU didn't know its opponent until that game was over. "Quick turnaround as far as knowing who we're playing for us," Dixon said. "So really unique and first time I've been through it. We're playing the winner of the play-in game. ... You get some time, but not time to focus on just one team." >> Read More
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Freshman Oshae Brissett had a double-double and led Syracuse's second-half comeback, and the Orange -- the last team to make the NCAA Tournament -- held on for a 60-56 victory over Arizona State on Wednesday night in the First Four.
The 11th-seeded Orange plays No. 6 seed TCU (21-11) on Friday in Detroit in the Midwest Region.
Syracuse (21-13) had to sweat out Selection Sunday and wound up as the last one to make the bracket, sent to the First Four. The Orange prevailed in a matchup of teams that started fast and then faded onto the tournament bubble. >> Read more
Syracuse reached the NCAA tournament on Sunday as an 11-seed and will play No. 11 Arizona State in a play-in game on Wednesday.
The Orange, who finished the regular season 20-13 after losing in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, and Arizona State, which finished 20-11 after falling in the Pac-12 tournament, were both among the last four teams in.
NEW YORK (AP) Theo Pinson had 16 points, 11 rebounds and six assists and Kenny Williams scored 17 points as No. 12 North Carolina beat Syracuse 78-59 on Thursday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
The sixth-seeded Tar Heels (23-9) face third-seeded Miami on Thursday night in the quarterfinals at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Oshae Brissett scored 20 points and made five 3s for 11th-seeded Syracuse (20-13), which never got closer than nine down in the second half. The Orange will head toward NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday firmly on the bubble. >> Read more
NEW YORK (AP) Freshman forward Marek Dolezaj scored a career-high 20 points and Syracuse won an Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament game for the first time, beating Wake Forest 73-64 on Tuesday night.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Oshae Brissett and Tyus Battle each scored 17 points and Syracuse rallied to beat No. 18 Clemson 55-52 on Saturday to remain in the hunt for a postseason berth.
While No. 18 Clemson looks to cap one of the finest seasons in program history by clinching a double bye in the ACC Tournament, Syracuse is looking for that elusive signature win to boost its fading NCAA Tournament hopes.
On the final day of the ACC's regular season, the Tigers (22-7, 11-6 ACC) visit the Orange (18-12, 7-10) at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.
On Wednesday, Clemson earned its program-record 11th ACC win and tied a school mark with its 15th home win of the season by rallying to defeat Florida State 76-63 at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C. Redshirt junior guard Marcquise Reed notched his 10th 20-point outing of the season with 22 points on 7-for-11 shooting as the Tigers recorded their 22nd win -- the most since the 2013-14 team won 23.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Marvin Bagley III had 19 points in his return from a sprained knee, and No. 5 Duke beat Syracuse 60-44 on Saturday night for its fifth straight win.
DURHAM, N.C. -- Grayson Allen has become Duke's headline player again as the fifth-ranked Blue Devils continue to pick up steam.
In the second-to-last home game of his career, the senior guard is bound to be a focal point when Duke takes on visiting Syracuse on Saturday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Second-place Duke (23-5, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) is out of contention for the top seed in the ACC Tournament. Earlier Saturday, Virginia could wrap up the outright regular-season title by winning at last-place Pittsburgh.
Theo Pinson scored a career-high 23 points, Joel Berry II added 18, including the tiebreaking layup with 1:36 left, and No. 10 North Carolina held off Syracuse 78-74 on Wednesday night.
North Carolina (22-7, 11-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won six straight, but this was the most difficult against a team fighting for its postseason life. Syracuse (18-10, 7-8) was coming off an important road victory over Miami and was teetering on the NCAA Tournament bubble entering the game.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Tyus Battle overcame a poor shooting game by scoring six points in the final 86 seconds, and the Syracuse Orangemen's stingy zone helped them beat Miami 62-55 Saturday.
Syracuse limited the Hurricanes to a season-low 34-percent shooting, and Miami was often forced into bad shots at long range, going 7 for 31 (23 percent) from beyond the arc.
The Orangemen (18-9, 7-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won three of their past four road games. Miami (18-8, 7-7) lost at home for the second time this week, and has dropped three games in a row overall.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Markell Johnson's 3-pointer with 33 seconds to go broke a 70-70 tie and North Carolina State went on to defeat Syracuse 74-70 Wednesday.
The game was critical for both teams who reside squarely on the NCAA bubble.
Allerik Freeman led the Wolfpack (17-9, 7-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) with 17 points. Johnson had 16 and Sam Hunt, who hit four big 3s in the second half, added 14. The Wolfpack, who broke a two-game losing streak, had seven 3s in the final 20 minutes. >> Read more
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Tyus Battle scored 34 points, Oshae Brissett added 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Syracuse held off Wake Forest 78-70 on Sunday.
Tyus Battle scored 25 points to lead Syracuse to a 78-73 victory over Louisville Monday night.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) De'Andre Hunter scored 15 points, Kyle Guy added 14 and second-ranked Virginia smothered struggling Syracuse 59-44 on Saturday.
The largest home crowd of the season is expected for Syracuse when it hosts No. 2 Virginia on Saturday.
The fans will likely not be entertained by an up-tempo, high-scoring, fast-break show. Defense will be theme when the Cavaliers (21-1, 10-0 ACC) play the Orange (15-7, 4-5) in front of an expected crowd of more than 26,000 at the Carrier Dome.
Syracuse's top home attendance this season is 24,304 against Notre Dame.
ATLANTA (AP) Josh Okogie scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half, and fellow guard Tadric Jackson added 15 points Wednesday and Georgia Tech snapped a four-game losing streak with a 55-51 win over Syracuse.
Tech (11-11, 4-5 ACC) used just six players, with Jackson as the only sub, and Syracuse (15-7, 4-5) deployed seven. Guard Tyus Battle scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds to pace the Orange, who lost for the first time in four games.
The Yellow Jackets never trailed, and led 24-21 at halftime, powered chiefly by an 11-2 run early that included 3-point shots by Okogie and Jose Alvarado and a three-point play by Ben Lammers on consecutive possessions. >> Read more
PITTSBURGH (AP) Bourama Sidibe's aching left knee finally appears to be coming around. Syracuse's weird season may follow suit.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Five Syracuse players scored in double figures and the Orange rode an 11-0 run early in the second half to defeat Boston College 81-63 Wednesday.
Tyus Battle led Syracuse (14-6, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) with 24 points. Frank Howard added 18 and Paschal Chukwu chipped in with 14. Oshae Brissett had 13 and Marek Dolezaj had a career-high 12. Brissett, Chukwu and Battle played the entire 40 minutes. >> Read more
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Frank Howard had 18 points, seven rebounds and five steals and Syracuse snapped a four-game losing streak, defeating Pittsburgh 59-45 Tuesday night.
With the win the Orange (13-6, 2-4 ACC) averted the first five-game losing streak in coach Jim Boeheim's 42-year tenure.
Tyus Battle, who scored just four first-half points for Syracuse, had 15. Oshae Brissett added 10. >> Read more
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Briain Angola scored 24 points, including five in the second overtime, and Christ Koumadje added a career-high 23 as No. 24 Florida State defeated Syracuse 101-90 in double overtime on Saturday.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Come Monday, No. 23 Florida State -- losers of two straight -- likely will find themselves on the outside looking in of The Associated Press Top 25 poll.
But the Seminoles will get one final shot to impress voters before they fill out their ballots this weekend.
Florida State (12-4 overall, 1-3 ACC) hosts Syracuse (12-5, 1-3) on Saturday in a duel of ACC cellar dwellers. Florida State and Syracuse are tied for second-to-last in the standings after great starts to their nonconference schedules that has not translated into conference success.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) Kyle Guy scored 22 points, De'Andre Hunter added 15 and No. 3 Virginia beat Syracuse 68-61 on Tuesday night.
Currently in the midst of a three-game homestand, No. 3 Virginia sits atop the ACC standings and welcomes Syracuse into John Paul Jones Arena on Tuesday night.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) T.J. Gibbs scored 18 points and his steal in the final minute set up Rex Pflueger's decisive layup with 2.6 seconds left as Notre Dame rallied to beat Syracuse 51-49 on Saturday, its fifth straight victory.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Bryant Crawford scored 19 points to help Wake Forest beat Syracuse 73-67 on Wednesday night.
The Demon Deacons (8-6, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) went ahead for good on Terrence Thompson's scooping layup with 1:56 left. Wake Forest then did just enough to hang on, earning its first win in six tries against the Orange (12-3, 1-1) despite missing five final-minute free throws. >> Read more
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Tyus Battle scored 22 points, including 10 in a row and 16 in the second half, and Paschal Chukwu had a career-high 15 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks to lead Syracuse to a 62-47 win over Eastern Michigan on Wednesday night.
Battle had just six points on 1-of-6 shooting, including 0-of-5 from 3-point range, in the first half, but heated up in the second, hitting 6-of-9 field-goal attempts and 3-of-4 3-pointers to lead the Orange (11-2). Frank Howard and Oshae Brissett had 11 points each. >> Read more
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Jaylen Adams scored 23 points, 21 in the first half, and St. Bonaventure withstood a furious Syracuse rally to win its first-ever game in the Carrier Dome in 11 tries, defeating Syracuse 60-57 in overtime Friday night.
The Bonnies (10-2) led by as many as 13 in the second half but Syracuse (10-2) closed regulation on a 15-2 run to tie the game at 53. Paschal Chukwu, a career 48 percent shooter from the foul line, tied the game on a layup and foul shot with 1:18 to go in regulation. Tyus Battle missed a potential game-winning layup with two seconds to go in regulation and Oshae Brissett missed a put-back at the buzzer.
The Syracuse Orange (11-1) look to take down the St. Bonaventure Bonnies (9-2) in the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. Friday night.
The Orange's best player so far this season -- sophomore G Tyus Battle -- was limited in a heart-racing win over Buffalo in Syracuse's last contest. Battle, who averages 20.7 points per game, only dropped 13 in the game. They will look to get him going in this one.
St. Bonaventure features a dangerous duo of guards in Matt Mobley and Jaylen Adams. The 6-foot-3 Mobley averages 18.4 points a game, while the 6-foot-1 Adams is averaging 17.2 points so far this season. These two seniors are going to be a problem for Syracuse if they can't match up well, especially on the perimeter.
With the Orange barely getting past the Bulls in their last contest, they will be sure to look for a hot start and dominate on their home court.
A quick take on Syracuse's gutsy 81-74 win over Buffalo Tuesday evening at the Dome:
Washington, D.C. - A quick take on Syracuse's incredible comeback, in its thrilling 86-79 overtime win against Georgetown at a spirited Capital One Arena on Saturday afternoon:
WHAT HAPPENED: The 'Cuse (9-1) played like it forgot to wake up from its week long break for final exams until the final 5:00, coming all the way back from 12 down to tie the game, then dominated overtime to hand the Hoyas (8-1) their first loss of the season.
ANALYSIS: At times it seemed like there was more action during the TV timeouts and at halftime with students shooting for free books, individuals being honored by Georgetown for longtime service, and an agile unicycle performer spinning around the court, as both teams struggled putting the ball in the basket before the exciting second half SU comeback. Tyus Battle and Oshae Brissett led the furious rally combining for 49 points. << Read more
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Tyus Battle scored 24 points, Oshae Brissett added a career-high 20 and Syracuse defeated Colgate 72-58 on Saturday.
MIAMI -- Scoring balance is something to appreciate, but when the averages soar into the ranges achieved by the No. 2 Kansas starters, the possibilities are even more encouraging.
Each starter averages at least 13.5 points per game, contributing to a 94.5-points per game average that ranks sixth nationally and a nation-best scoring margin of 33 points.
Bill Self, however, issued an advisory as the No. 2 Jayhawks (6-0) prepared for a matchup Saturday against Syracuse (6-0) in the final of the Hoophall Miami Invitational at American Airlines Arena.
A quick take on Syracuse's 72-70 win against Maryland on Monday evening at the Carrier Dome:
WHAT HAPPENED: Trailing 66-65 with 1:04 left, Tyus Battle drained a baseline 3-pointer to give the Orange the lead. On Maryland's ensuing possession, Anthony Cowan committed an uncharacteristically unforced error, and Battle responded with two more free throws. Kevin Huerter, an upstate New York native, drained a 3-pointer (a recurring theme throughout) to bring the Terps back within one, but Battle broke away for a slam with five seconds left, and Syracuse won a wildly entertaining back-and-forth game. >> Read more
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) AJ Dillon rushed for 193 yards and three touchdowns, and Boston College beat Syracuse 42-14 on Saturday in the season finale for both teams.
It was the fifth straight loss for Syracuse (4-8, 2-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) since its scintillating upset of then-No. 2 Clemson just over a month ago. Boston College (7-5, 4-4) has won five of six.
Syracuse was coming off consecutive lopsided losses to Wake Forest and Louisville in which the Orange allowed 120 points and a whopping 782 yards rushing, a perfect scenario for the Eagles and their star freshman tailback.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse coach Dino Babers is facing Senior Day on Saturday with a lot of pent-up emotion on his mind because he'll be losing several key players to graduation and the Orange won't be playing in the postseason.
Among the seniors who will play in their final college game are linebackers Zaire Franklin and Parris Bennett, and their contributions have been significant. Franklin, only the second three-time captain in program history, has 303 career tackles and Bennett has eclipsed 100 tackles two straight seasons to bring their combined total for career tackles to 562.
"I think about Zaire and Parris and the people who are on this football team and what they have gone through," said Babers, who replaced Scott Shafer two years ago. "They've been a big part of this transition, and they're going to be part of the success that we're going to have in the future. Hopefully, we can send them out the right way." << Read more
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Frank Howard and Oshae Brissett had career highs of 25 and 17 points, and Syracuse overcame an injury to its star player to defeat Toledo 72-64 on Wednesday night.
Freshman Matthew Moyer had his best game for Syracuse (5-0), scoring 11 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Brissett, in addition to his 17 points, had a double-double with a career-best 14 rebounds. Howard scored 15 of his points in the second half.
Tre'Shaun Fletcher led Toledo (3-1) with 19 points. Nate Navigato added 13 points and Luke Knapke had 12. >> Read more
Tyus Battle scored 25 points, Frank Howard and Paschal Chukwu scored career highs in points with 18 and 12, respectively, and Syracuse defeated Oakland 74-50 on Monday.
Chukwu added 11 rebounds and eight blocks and Syracuse (4-0) scored 23 points off of 19 Oakland turnovers and held the Golden Grizzlies (2-2) to 31 percent shooting from the field, including 6 of 22 from beyond the arc.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Tyus Battle scored 21 points, Geno Thorpe added 13 and Syracuse went on a 29-6 halftime-spanning run to overpower Texas Southern 80-67 on Saturday night.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson had another big game against Syracuse, accounting for 381 yards and four touchdowns and becoming the school's career yardage leader while leading a rain-delayed 56-10 rout on Saturday.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Syracuse coach Dino Babers remembers how Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson ran, threw and even leapt over the Orange last season.
Jackson's hurdle of a Syracuse defender for a touchdown was an indelible image during a 62-28 victory that paved his way toward winning the Heisman Trophy. The Orange want to prevent him from wreaking similar havoc on Saturday in another signature performance.
"He ran all over us, and he threw all over us," Babers said. "He got both parts in last year and hopefully he doesn't get both parts in this year to the degree he did last year."
Tyus Battle scored a career-high 28 points, including 23 in the second half, two other Syracuse players scored in double figures and the Orange defeated Iona 71-62 on Tuesday.
Frank Howard had 15 points and Oshae Brissett chipped in with 12 for Syracuse (2-0). Paschal Chukwu had 10 rebounds.
Rickey McGill led Iona (0-2) with 21 points, including five 3-pointers. The Gaels hit 10 3s in the game. >> Read more
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SYRACUSE, NY (AP) John Wolford passed for three touchdowns and ran for three more, accounting for 499 yards of total offense, and Wake Forest overcame a 14-yard halftime deficit to defeat Syracuse 64-43 on Saturday and clinch a bowl berth.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) It was a great night for the Boeheim clan.
Coach Jim Boeheim's Syracuse Orange overwhelmed Cornell 77-45 Friday night in the season opener for both teams and son Jimmy Boeheim scored 11 points in his collegiate debut for the opposing Big Red.
"The first few minutes I was a little nervous going up and down but after the first few possessions I felt like it was like any other game," the young Boeheim said.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Jim Boeheim has pretty much experienced everything during his long coaching tenure at Syracuse - Big East titles, Final Fours, a national championship, NCAA investigations and Hall of Fame induction.
And yet, as he begins season No. 42 at his alma mater, Boeheim is about to experience something new. The toddler he once brought to shoot at a toy basket during a preseason media day will be on the opposing team when the Orange open their season against Cornell on Friday night.
Oldest son Jimmy Boeheim is a freshman forward for the Big Red.
A quick take on Syracuse's heartbreaking 27-24 loss to Florida State on Saturday afternoon:
WHAT HAPPENED: With Syracuse at the FSU 25-yard line and time for one final play, Cole Murphy's 43-yard field goal attempt missed wide left, and the Orange squandered a golden opportunity to topple the Seminoles on the road.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) One streak should thankfully come to an end for Syracuse or Florida State on Saturday.
The Orange (4-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) are winless on the road this season and have lost five straight dating back to last season. The Seminoles (2-5, 2-4) have lost their first three home games for the first time in 43 years and are 3-5 at Doak Campbell Stadium. Before the recent losses, the Seminoles had won 22 in a row at home.
Syracuse, which had its bye last week, enters the game with momentum. It defeated sixth-ranked Clemson on Oct. 13 and was within one point at No. 9 Miami in the fourth quarter before losing 27-19.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Malik Rosier threw for 344 yards and two touchdowns, and Travis Homer's 33-yard touchdown run with 2:48 left helped No. 8 Miami defeat upset-minded Syracuse 27-19 on Saturday as the Hurricanes extended their winning streak to 11 games.
It was the third consecutive down-to-the-end game for Miami (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which is off to its best league start since joining the ACC in 2004.