The Orange got here out as gang winners in opposition to the Pittsburgh Panthers on Wednesday night time, virtually as in the event that they hadn’t performed a sport in almost three weeks, hitting 5 of 10 Three-pointers to begin the competition.
Alan Griffin gave Orange an enormous increase to begin the sport. The junior ahead hit back-to-back 3s when Syracuse hit an 11-Zero streak earlier than the Panthers even entered the scoring column. Griffin was his normal aggressive self. He was the perfect participant on the court docket within the first half for each groups, main the sport in scoring (eight factors) and rebounds (6). Syracuse led the Panthers 32-18 coming into the locker room.
A fast begin for the Orange left a query on the bottom, how will Syracuse finish the sport?
The Oranges took their foot off the gasoline as they allowed the Panthers to get again into the sport. The Panthers, who entered the competition with out key gamers, together with their high scorer and rebounder in Justin Champagnie, went on their very own within the second half. Pittsburgh reduce the result in 4 with 15:30 left within the second half.
Nonetheless, Orange regained its confidence due to red-jersey sophomore Robert Braswell who was blazing from past the Three-point arc. Braswell entered the competition Zero-12 on triples this season. The 6-foot-7 ahead hit Four-5 3s, together with three straight lengthy photographs to present the Orange a cushty 47-33 lead with lower than 12 minutes to play. It is secure to say that Braswell had his finest efficiency of the season in opposition to the Panthers.
However Pittsburgh waited for Orange to slide once more. They usually did. After Brasswells’ three-point barrage, Pitt went on a 12-2 run. They might ultimately tie the sport at 57 with lower than two minutes to play behind the stellar photographs late within the sport.
Griffin returned to the court docket to hit a Three for Orange, giving SU a 60-57 lead, adopted by one other try on the Three at subsequent place to bury the Panthers, however missed.
After responding to Griffins late within the three with a soar shot to chop the result in one (60-59), the Panthers rebounded offensively from a missed shot and scored on a simple layup with eight seconds to play. What adopted would show disastrous for Orange.
Popping out of a timeout, Syracuse ahead Marek Dolezaj threw the ball right into a spot the place no Syracuse participant was current, because the staff seemed to be confused in the course of the inning play. The ball was recovered by Pitt and the Panthers had been in stable place to win the sport after scoring a pair of free throws with simply two seconds left.
The Orange managed to get a shot on the bell when Griffin took the inning move, dribbled to the midfield line in a rush and despatched out a prayer. For a second, everybody (the gamers and the press) held their breath because the shot appeared to have an actual probability.
The ball hit the entrance ring because the Pittsburgh gamers started celebrating a victory that appeared out of attain within the first half and for a lot of the sport.
In the long run, Syracuse fell quick (actually) of a miraculous shot that saved his good document on the Provider Dome. The staff has till Saturday night time to disregard the powerful loss as Orange prepares to host arch rival Georgetown in primetime on Saturday night time.