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Syracuse's best player continues to be Rakeem Christmas.
It was questionable there for a little while, but Syracuse managed to hold on. It might have helped that VTech's best rebounder was out of the game. But either way, despite what happened at Villanova fresh in all our minds, Syracuse hung on to win 68 to 66.
  • Trevor Cooney was the leading scorer for Syracuse with 18. He hit 4-13 from long range and 5-21 total. He was also 2-5 from the line. Not great numbers except the 18 points. He was also in all 40 minutes.
  • Rakeem Christmas had 17 points on 6-12 scoring, and was also 5-6 from the free throw line. He also had nine rebounds, three blocks, and only three fouls. Happy is learning how to putt.
  • Michael Gbinije had 10 points and was 2-3 from beyond the arc. He, unfortunately, had three turnovers, tying the lead for the team.
  • Kaleb Joseph had a bad game. He had two points, both coming on free throws. He had three assists and only one turnover however. He also had four fouls and only played 17 minutes.
  • Where have you gone, Chris McCullough? He did have seven rebounds and three blocks though.
  • Ron Patterson took a few really bad shots. He had eight points but was 0-4 from long range. He was also 2-6 from the free throw line, missing two at the end of the game. Both would have iced it.
  • Below is the final two minutes of the game. Out of 15 free throw attempts by Syracuse in the final two minutes, only six were made. Aside from the first one missed by Gbinije, all were two attempts. Aside from the first attempt and the last two, each player made one and missed one. Ron Patterson again missed the final two. The nine points left at the line would have easily put the game out of reach, even if VTech hit two more three point buckets.
  • Syracuse shot 39% from the floor. Just slightly worse than VTech's 39.3%.
  • Syracuse made 6-21 (28.6%) long range baskets. VTech was 10-25 (40%)
  • SU had 15 assists on 23 field goals made. Not too shabby. Syracuse also finished with only eight turnovers. I'm guessing that is a season low.
  • Syracuse outrebounded VTech 42-34. VTech's best rebounder being out probably helped make that cavern wider than it would have been otherwise.
Syracuse now stays on the road to play a plucky GTech team that took Notre Dame to a couple overtimes before losing. Another good test for the Orange in this early part of the ACC slate. All critical games for the Orange's postseason hopes as well.

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