The Syracuse Orange (25-1) lost their first game of the season to Boston College (7-19) in another contest that came down to the wire. In what has been a wild Wednesday for the top ranked teams in college basketball, the No. 1 team couldn’t finish the job to offset a valiant effort from the Eagles.
Boston College escaped Syracuse with a 62-59 overtime victory. Syracuse was warned about a letdown during the preview.
Olivier Hanlan led two players in double figures with 20, but it was the collective effort from three point range that facilitated Boston College’s victory. The Eagles shot 50% from three and the hit 11 in total.
Although Boston College made a lot of threes, Coach Boeheim believes that it’s the offense that must get better.
Syracuse had a rough night shooting from anywhere on the field. The Orange shot 32% from the field and 16.% from three point range. However, it was the foul shots that may have done in Orange.
Tyler Ennis, Jerami Grant, and Rakeem Christmas each struggled to make consecutive foul shots in the clutch, while Boston College made 9-10 freebies.
After taking an eight point lead into halftime, Syracuse pushed the lead to 12 before Boston College mounted the comeback. Syracuse had no answers for the drive and kick out strategy of the Eagles.
C.J. Fair took 23 shots to score his 20 points and he also grabbed 11 rebounds in the loss.
After struggling in the first half, Coach Donahue had a great plan on how to beat the Syracuse zone. He stated “I had stuff mapped out on how to beat the zone, but I threw that out and just put four shooters on the floor.”
Boeheim also talked about the Syracuse offense during the post game. “Offensively, we need to get better and I think we will. It’s been an unbelievable run that I’ve never seen before.
The Orange must regroup quickly as they have a three game road trip coming up. First, they go to Duke, then they visit Maryland before challenging Virginia.
With the loss, Wichita State is the only undefeated team left in the country. The Shockers are up 16 with under four minutes left.
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