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Miami - Syracuse Postgame Reactions OR Step Forward

"Where is that delicious Wegmans sub I was just eating?"

When you lose to a Boston College team that hasn't won a conference game since the 2014-2015 season, you've pretty much hit rock bottom. Or, at least, you hope that's rock bottom. I didn't want to chance that, and evidently, neither did the Syracuse basketball team. They actually played defense! Pretty well! Plus, they shot the lights out of the ball. Add to that a quite raucous Carrier Dome crowd (which didn't include me) and you've got yourself a nice Wednesday night. Syracuse beats Miami 70-55.

  • Playing all 40 minutes, Andrew White led the way for Syracuse with 22 points on 7-13 shooting, 4-9 from three, and 4-4 from the line. He also grabbed ten rebounds for a double-double.
  • Taurean Thompson started the game at the center position, but after a few rather unproductive minutes, Tyler Lydon slid over and Tyler Roberson entered the game. And then -- except for the last 40 seconds of the first half -- Boeheim stayed with the lineup of John Gillon, Tyus Battle, Andrew White, Tyler Roberson, and Tyler Lydon.
  • That lineup worked wonders. The defense was active, guarded shooters, rotated and slid when appropriate, and limited the Hurricanes to 55 points. The offense shot 56.8% for the game, 42.1% from three, and 85.7% from the line.
  • Tyler Lydon had another great game as well, with 20 points, seven rebounds, and three blocks.
  • Tyler Roberson had a very solid effort off the bench: nine points, six rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Just as important as his stats was his presence on the court -- he knows how to move in the zone. When one teammate can motivate another, it becomes contagious and they all feed off each other's success. That was on display Wednesday night.
  • Here are a few stats that make this 15 point win even more impressive: Syracuse didn't score a field goal for the final 2:01 of the game; Miami hit 11 threes; Miami had 21 points off 15 Syracuse turnovers.
  • Jim Boeheim was happy, even giddy, and definitely his usual snarky self in the postgame presser. Take the eight minutes and watch it here.
As coach stated, this game is but a good step forward. It's not the thing we can look at to say this team isn't gonna go 1-17 in the league. But it's a start. They need to keep it up. And all signs point to Boeheim sticking with this lineup as long as he can. The next test is Saturday, in the Dome against always tough Pittsburgh. The Panthers just beat Virginia at the Pete in overtime, so they're certainly no pushover.

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