Syracuse’s play that drew probably the most awe from the Provider Dome crowd began 94 ft from the opponent’s basket, when Marek Dolezaj saved the ball from falling out of bounds, bouncing it to Joe Girard III.
As Girard dribbled via a line of Yellow Jackets defenders, Dolezaj streaked up the court docket. With two fingers, Girard whipped a bounce go between a number of Georgia Tech gamers. Dolezaj dodged a ultimate opponent on his strategy to the ring and layed the ball in.
After a dismal first half during which Syracuse was dominated down low, improved protection led to transition buckets in a 79-72 Orange win.
At halftime, the Orange had extra private fouls (10) than made subject objectives (seven). For one stretch, Syracuse struggled to the purpose that head coach Jim Boeheim pulled all his starters from the sport besides the convention’s main scorer Elijah Hughes. Within the second half, Syracuse shot 64% from the sphere, together with 21 factors in transition for the comeback victory.
Within the first assembly between these two groups, Syracuse was down-sliding. The Orange had misplaced three consecutive video games and had proven no indicators of life in additional than two weeks. That every one modified in Atlanta. Syracuse thrashed Georgia Tech by 34 factors as Hughes poured in 33 factors and Buddy Boeheim had 26. On that day, Georgia Tech’s match-up zone wasn’t an issue.
Although SU entered Saturday on an identical three-game shedding streak, it wasn’t as simple for the Orange. Hughes didn’t rip off greater than 20 factors within the first half alone and maybe extra importantly, the Yellow Jackets offense didn’t look dreadful. After scoring lower than 70 factors within the first matchup, GT dominated down low.
About 30 minutes earlier than tip-off, the Yellow Jackets massive males caught feeds on the low block and banged right into a coach beneath the ring. Typically, the coach moved out of their manner, different occasions he fouled them, almost each repetition led to a monstrous dunk coincided by a robust grunt.
As soon as the sport began, it was a lot of the identical. GT fed gamers on the low block for layups, dunks and free throw alternatives. Some performs, those that induced Syracuse’s coaches heads to shake, led to alley-oop slams and extra grunts from the Yellow Jackets in an in any other case quiet Provider Dome.
Georgia Tech Ahead Moses Wright completed with 33 factors, together with makes on turnaround jumpers when his lane to the basket was clogged. Within the second half, Syracuse clamped down on Wright, swarming him on catches within the paint.
On one possession throughout Syracuse’s 7-Zero run to start out the second half, the Yellow Jackets tried their regular insert to Wright. However when Bourama Sidibe blocked Wright’s lane to the basket, Dolezaj coated Wright’s different hip. With nowhere to maneuver, a prayer of a go flew down the opposite finish of the court docket for a turnover.
After 38 factors within the first half, Georgia Tech struggled to attain down the stretch and as a substitute it was the Orange proudly owning down low.
With lower than seven minutes remaining within the recreation, Hughes missed a Three-pointer. Syracuse clung to a one-point lead, it was the type of the play the Orange wanted factors out of. This time they got here from Sidibe.
He beat GT’s massive man James Banks III for a rebound and hit a layup.
The group began chanting: “Hey, hey goodbye.”
Revealed on February 22, 2020 at 6:25 pm
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