Syracuse defense stymies Boston College to rout the Eagles

Chase for the Championship

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – JANUARY 11: Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orange reacts to a call in the first half during a game against the Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena on January 11, 2020 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) – Buddy Boeheim scored 22 points, Marek Dolezaj had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, the Syracuse defense held Boston College to 33 percent from the field and the Orange routed the Eagles 76-50 Wednesday.

Syracuse (10-7, 3-3 ACC), which won its first conference home game after three straight losses at the Carrier Dome, went on a 29-8 run over the final 10 minutes of the first half to take control of the game.

Boeheim scored 15 of his points in the first half, outscoring the entire BC team. Syracuse, not normally a running team, scored 24 fast-break points in the game.

Elijah Hughes had 19 points and five assists for the Orange. Joe Girard chipped in with 12.

The Eagles (9-8, 3-3 ACC), was just 5 of 27 from the field in the first half and 0 for 14 from beyond the arc. BC, who shoots just 30% from 3-point range, missed its first 18 3s until Julian Rishwain connected from long range with 13:43 remaining in the game.

BC was 20 of 61 for the game and 6-for-30 from 3.

C.J. Felder and Jairus Hamilton each scored nine for the Eagles. Felder had nine rebounds.

The Eagles missed their first nine shots of the game and didn’t hit their first field goal until Jared Hamilton scored on a jumper eight minutes in. But they trailed just 6-3 as the Orange was almost as cold, opening the contest going 2 of 9.

A Jay Heath layup brought the Eagles to within four at 9-5 with 10:22 to go in the first 20 minutes but then the Orange got hot, outscoring the Eagles 29-8 the rest of the first half to take a 38-13 lead into intermission, Syracuse’s largest halftime lead since joining the ACC.

BIG PICTURE

Boston College: The Eagles have two more road games before returning home and have regressed, suffering two big losses after upsetting Virginia at home.

Syracuse: The Orange has four winnable games coming up and must take advantage to have a glimmer of hope to make the NCAA Tournament. Right now, it’s still a longshot.

UP NEXT

The Eagles go for a season sweep Sunday at Wake Forest.

Syracuse will attempt to avenge a home loss against Virginia Tech when they meet the Hokies Saturday in Blacksburg.

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