Girard Sparks SU To Second Win Of Season Over BC
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - All five starters scored in double-figures for Syracuse (12-6, 6-5 ACC) as it secured the season sweep against Boston College (3-13, 1-9 ACC) with a 75-67 victory in the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon.
HOW THE GAME WAS DECIDED
With the Orange holding to a 71-65 advantage with one minute remaining in regulation, Syracuse made all four of its free throws down the stretch to secure the home-court triumph. The Orange improved their 2020-21 Carrier Dome record to 10-1 with the triumph.
Joseph Girard III led all Syracuse scorers with 16 points, all of which were scored in the first half. He was followed closely by Alan Griffin (14 points), Buddy Boeheim (13 points) and Marek Dolezaj (13 points). Quincy Guerrier added 12 points to round out the double-digit scorers for the Orange. The sophomore from Montreal led the Orange on the glass with nine boards, finishing a rebound shy of a double-double.
FROM COACH BOEHEIM
"In college basketball, you're going to get into games and you're going to have to find away to get through them" said Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim. "We made our free throws coming down the stretch and we got the ball to the basket and made some plays there. We also finally got some good defensive stops and got the rebound. We made the plays when we had to, but it was one of those games where you have to figure out how to get to the end and win it, and we did that."
ORANGE ON TOP EARLY
The Eagles edged ahead, 6-4, in the first three minutes with back-to-back threes from Kamari Williams and Rich Kelly. However, the Orange quickly responded with a 10-0 scoring run that featured five points apiece from Boeheim and Girard III to pull ahead, 14-6, with just under four minutes gone in the opening frame.
Syracuse outscored Boston College 11-4 over the ensuing four minutes thanks to seven points from Griffin. The stretch increased the Orange lead to 25-13 with 11:37 to go in the first half.
KEEPING BOSTON COLLEGE AT BAY
Boston College battled its way back into the contest with an 11-2 stretch to narrow the Orange advantage to one, 27-26, with eight minutes left on the clock. The sides traded blows before Girard III tallied eight unanswered points in just over a minute to provide Syracuse a 38-30 advantage with just under five to play in the half.
The final five minutes of the opening stanza saw the teams combine for only eight points, with a Robert Braswell free throw at the 2:40 mark representing the final point before the teams went to halftime with the Orange ahead, 41-35.
The opening two minutes of the second stanza were commanded by the Orange offense, which scored six unanswered points and forced a quick Jim Christian timeout call en route to extending its lead to 12, 47-35.
With the Orange ahead, 53-41, the Eagles cut the Orange margin in half with a 6-0 run to make the score 53-47 with 12:36 to play. However, the Eagles failed to come any closer over the ensuing five minutes, as Syracuse outscored Boston College 9-7 to stay ahead, 62-54, with seven minutes remaining.
BC used a jumper from Jay Heath and a free throw from DeMarr Langford to push the score to 62-57 with 5:36 remaining, but Syracuse slowed the Eagle attack with a 9-2 run over the course of three minutes that consisted exclusively of free throw makes Dolezaj, Griffin, and Guerrier. The stretch put the 'Cuse ahead, 71-59, with 2:22 left on the clock.
The win improves Syracuse's all-time record against Boston College to 53-26 and extends the Orange's winning streak against to Eagles to six-straight.
The Orange won the rebounding battle for the second-straight contest, besting the Eagles 37-33 on the boards.
Syracuse converted 26-of-54 from the field (.481) while Boston College only made 23-of-63 (.365) of its attempts.
Syracuse outscored Boston College on points in the paint, 38-20.
Marek Dolezaj secured his 600th career rebound during the contest.
Syracuse swings down to Kentucky to take on Louisville on Wednesday, February 17. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. on ACC Network. The teams were set to meet in the Carrier Dome on February 3 before the game was postponed following a positive test, subsequent quarantining, and contact tracing within the Louisville men's basketball program.