ACC Basketball

Syracuse Gets Offensive

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Nothing like facing the Boston College Eagles to make your offensive woes go away.

Led by Michael Gbinije, who is quietly become a star in the ACC, the Syracuse Orange pulled away from the Eagles midway through the second half, walking away with a 70-56 road victory.

Gbinije finished with 21 points and the only time he was¬†stopped was when he was sat down late in the first half because of a couple of fouls. He was aggressive, attacking the lane against a flat-footed B.C. squad, but he also hit 2-3 from deep. Of course if you’ve been paying attention to Syracuse basketball the past two weeks, this kind of production from the former Duke Blue Devil isn’t surprising. He’s averaged 19.5 points per game in his last four, hitting a stunning 30-49 from the floor, 10-21 from deep, dishing out 19 assists as well.

Early on, no one seemed to miss for Syracuse, not even Trevor Cooney, as the Orange hit 5-9 from deep, building a 23-15 lead. However, they got cold, missing six straight into the second half and eight of 10 from deep. This allowed Boston College’s backcourt of Oliver Hanlan and Aaron Brown to rally the troops. By the second TV timeout in the second half, the Eagles were down just one with a chance to take the lead.

However, the Orange started to take advantage of a bad Eagles’ defense, slashing to the open lane when Rakeem Chistmas was doubled or simply driving to the rim in transition. Freshmen Kaleb Joseph (who was 7-7 on the night) had himself a couple of highlight worthy dunks.

Hanlan and Brown combined for 35 points, but the Eagles simply couldn’t find anyone to put pressure in the middle of the Syracuse zone. Dennis Clifford, who I argue has the worst hands in the ACC, took nine shots, but scored just six points.

Boston College remains in last place in the conference, thanks to their 1-10 record, 9-14 overall. Syracuse has only three wins since January 17 and all three wins came against Boston College (twice) and Virginia Tech, the two worst teams in the conference. Next up, a home date with Duke.


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