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Boston College - Syracuse Postgame Reactions OR A Win

DaJuan had himself a nice little game

Four ACC games; four losses. Never before in the Jim Boeheim era had Syracuse lost five games in a row. I think we've all come to terms with this not being a great Syracuse team, yet none of us could imagine experiencing an unprecedented losing streak. Enter Boston College: The Outhouse on the Hill, who sucks and always will. Literally, they're the worst team in the ACC. They're young and inexperienced, and are typically out-physicaled by their competition. So, a sight for the sore eyes of the Orange basketball team. Speaking of sore eyes, the "16,701" in attendance at the Carrier Dome, we weren't exactly blown away by the demonstration of "basketball" on the court. 35 total fouls, 30 total turnovers, and an 11-11 tie ten minutes into the game. Thankfully, the Orange woke up around that time, built a lead, kept it, and broke its losing streak beating BC 62-40.

  • After literally laying an egg against North Carolina (yes, literally, think about it) Michael Gbinije remembered how to play basketball again. Against the Eagles, he scored 14 points on 5-8 shooting, six rebounds, two assists, and four steals. Not a dominant performance, but he was a factor in this game whereas he was invisible against UNC.
  • Safe to say Tyler Roberson was "plugged in" Wednesday night: ten points and twelve rebounds (five offensive) for a double double. His stats may have been better had he not been taken out after a fourth foul for going over the back. He got an earful from Boeheim on that, who referenced how his 6th grade son knows you don't go over the back when you have three fouls. But absent that, great game.
  • DaJuan Coleman had a wonderful game as well. In a lengthy 26 minutes, Coleman managed eleven points and five assists. Not a perfect game, but his defense was decent and he showed some good moves on offense, including catching the ball near the baseline and driving 10-15 feet to the basket. Good floor presence to recognize the path was clear and not mess it up. More of this smart play is needed from Coleman if Syracuse wants to compete in the rest of the ACC schedule.
  • Syracuse shot 47.8% for the game, which obviously helped them pull away from Boston College, who struggled at 31.9%. Syracuse also won the rebounding battle 35-27, and limited BC second chance points to eight. The Orange benefited from dominating in the paint, with 34 points, and turned 16 BC turnovers into 22 points.
  • A couple early 3s from BC's Eli Carter got me thinking we'd get beat by another no-name who has a career game, but luckily that never came to fruition.
So hey, a win. Just what the doctor ordered. It wasn't pretty, but a win is something this team can rally around and maybe build on. They'll have to, with a difficulty 3-game stretch on the road: Wake Forest, Duke, and Virginia. Stay tuned...

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