The late season skid continues for the Cuse, as tonight’s disappointing loss to Georgia Tech (67-62) is their 4th in the last 5 games following a 25-0 start.
Yet another lackluster first half leaves the Orange trailing 31-23 at halftime, with 9 points and 3 assists from Tyler Ennis representing the lone bright spot.
Jim Boeheim employs a rare mixture of full court pressure and half court traps in the second half, in a desperate attempt to shake his players out of their collective slumber, but the Yellow Jackets maintain a double digit lead for the majority of the second half before making things interesting late.
C.J. Fair does his part in his final Carrier Dome appearance, scoring 23 of his game high 28 points after the break, and Ennis tacks on 18 of his own. Unfortunately, some quick math reveals that everyone not named “Fair” or “Ennis” combines for a paltry 16 points. 9 missed free throws hurt the Orange cause, as does another sub-40 % shooting performance.
Freshman Tyler Roberson makes his first career start in place of Jerami Grant, who sits out the entire game with a sore back after missing the second halves of last week’s games against Maryland and Virginia.
Georgia Tech misses a couple of free throws in crunch time also, and they allow themselves to be sped up to some degree down the stretch, but SU ultimately falls short in its comeback attempt. The Yellow Jackets register 18 assists on 24 made field goals and only turn the ball over 9 times.
Syracuse is now 26-4 overall and 13-4 in the ACC. Their regular season finale is Sunday at 2 on the road against Florida State. Depending on their result in that contest, as well as what happens with Duke and North Carolina this week, the Cuse can still finish 2nd, 3rd, or 4th in their first year as part of the ACC.