BC Stuns No. 1 Syracuse
It's been well documented that the Orange have been playing with fire these last two weeks, and it has finally caught up to them. Boston College, 7-19 (3-10), came into the Carrier Dome and knocked off the nation's No. 1 team 62-59 in OT. CJ Fair led Syracuse with 20 points and 11 boards, but went only 7-for-23 from the field. Freshman Tyler Ennis finished with 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists. Rakeem Christmas got into foul trouble, but managed 9 points and 11 boards.
Ollivier Hanlan led Boston College with 20 points, including four 3-pointers. Ryan Anderson added 9 points and 14 rebounds. This is the Eagle's first win over a No. 1 team since 2009, when they defeated North Carolina.
The Orange dropped to 25-1, 12-1 in ACC play.
I don't believe tonight was a case of over-looking Boston College, but just a major offensive struggle. The Orange shot 32% from the field and 2-of-12 from 3-point range. They went 5-of-6 from the FT line in the first half, and 12-18 in the second half. Coach Boeheim acknowledged the offensive struggles: "Offensively, we just couldn't get going. We didn't do a good job on the boards. When you get into these types of games, you're not gonna win them all." Baye Moussa Keita returned to action tonight, plugging 2 minutes in the first half. Keita also stayed on the bench when Rakeem Christmas picked up his 4 foul late in the second half. Syracuse was out-rebounded 40-37 tonight, which is to no surprise.
Losing is never good. However, a team can learn from losing and that's exactly what Syracuse will need to do. The Orange will have their biggest test of the season on Saturday, as they travel to Durham, NC to take on No. 5 Duke.
Coach Boeheim was asked after the game if this was a wake up call, "That's bull. They're wide awake. We're not playing well on offense, We should've had 2 or 3 more losses these past couple games." He continued on, "We've had 11 games we've been in trouble in. That's just who we are. I don't think our defense can be that much better, it's been good. Offensively, we're gonna have to play better."
Syracuse dropped to second place in the ACC standings after tonight's loss. Virginia is currently 13-1 in conference play, with the Orange a 1/2 back at 12-1.