0 Comments Published on 1.08.2016 by Brian Harrison
Free throws aren't free for Malachi.
It was earlier than it usually it, but Syracuse faced a much win game in January, taking on Clemson in the Carrier Dome. The last game of Jim Boeheim's suspension, Syracuse needed to stop their ACC losing skid, and win a conference game. Syracuse managed to not fade in the final four minutes, but rather in an extra five, and on a couple key spots in the final minute of regulation, leading to a defeat. The Clemson Tigers ended up winning in overtime 74 to 73.
- First thing is first. The way Clemson shot the ball (53.8% total, 47.1% [8-17] from 3), they should have won the game. SU (38.7%, 38.2% [13-34] from 3) normally shouldn't beat a D2 team. However, SU was in it with 13 made 3s, and had they made just one more free throw, the Clemson 3 at the end of regulation wouldn't have mattered.
- Michael Gbinije bounced back from his Miami outing wit 22 points, leading all scorers. It was on 7-19, 4-13 shooting. Not great on the 3s, but pretty good overall. He also added 4 assists and no turnovers.
- Malachi Richardson continued his hot hand adding 21, mostly on 5-7 shooting from distance. He also led in rebounds with 9.
- SU had 11 steals to Clemson's 4. However, the overall defense was rough. Especially both inside, and in guarding Clemson's DEEP 3 attempts, all of which seemed to go in, especially the last shot in regulation. ROUGH.
- While SU kept the rebounding close (33-32), again, there was very little competent interior defnse or boxing out / rebounding. Obviously the biggest concern besides fading late in games or not consistently scoring.
- Gbinije after the game said he "thought the plan" was to just play straight up defense. Jim Boeheim has talked lately that fouling when up 3 is the way to go. I agree. Unfortunately it didn't seem that was the plan and it certainly didn't happen. Probably the biggest costly mistake of the game.