More of the Same

The Orange drop their first and only regular season match with the Huskies for the 2013-14 campaign. Get a full look at the game inside.

The Syracuse Orange men's basketball team resumed from right where they left off.

After failing to win either of their road games in their last trip away from home, Syracuse fell once again as soon as they left the Carrier Dome.

Before going 2-0 on Jim Boeheim Court most recently, the Orange had back-to-back blunders, first to the Villanova Wildcats and then to the Pittsburgh Panthers.

But for the trip to Connecticut, Syracuse packed a little more cargo, with senior forward James Southerland being able to participate, as opposed to when they faced Villanova and Pittsburgh.

Southerland finished this match with the UConn Huskies with 14 points, one more than he had in his debut-part two of the season when the Orange faced the Red Storm of St. John's in their previous match.

He took one more attempt than he did versus St. John's, and made one more, shooting 5-for-11 against UConn.

Four of his five made attempts were from long range, ending the night 4-for-9 from beyond the arc.

But even with the help of their returning senior, Syracuse allowed too much to UConn, eventually falling by the score of 66-58.

The game was not won by the Huskies early on, however. In the first half alone, there were six ties.

Overall, both teams brought the contest to the equator line eight times.

There were 11 lead changes in the opening half, 15 overall.

Despite this tug-of-war type of match, the Orange never really commanded control of the rope. Almost as soon as they gained the advantage, the Huskies would take it right back.

Syracuse's fight looked to have left the gym before the final buzzer. With under four minutes to go, the Orange went down by double-digits for the first time in the match. They would make only three of their final 12 attempts from the field.

The Orange did not have a strong shooting night throughout. They made a mere 10 of their 30 attempts in the first half. To follow, Syracuse saw only 13 of their 35 tries grace the net in the second half. Overall, they made a little over 35% of their attempts, with 23 of 65 finding their way through the cylinder.

In contrast, the Huskies took less attempts and made more in the first half than the Orange, cashing in on 11 of their 24 tries. Their following performance was even better, making 10 of their 21 attempts in the second half, connecting on almost half of their tries in the game as a whole (46.7%).

Neither team shot well from beyond the arc in the opening half. Syracuse made a mere two of 10, while UConn made the same amount (two) on six attempts.

The difference lied in the latter half, where the Orange shot even worse, making two of their 13 tries, whereas the Huskies improved, connecting on six of eight.

UConn also excelled at the charity stripe. Making nine of their final 12 attempts from the free throw line in the closing 3:43 allowed them to prevent any comeback opportunities for Syracuse, thus securing the victory.

Huskies' sophomore guard Ryan Boatwright led the team and all scorers in the game with 17 points.

He was joined in the double-digit club by freshman guard Omar Calhoun and junior guard Shabazz Napier, who finished with 15 points and 10 points, respectively.

On the Orange end, there were also three players who finished the game in double-figures. Sophomore guard Michael Carter-Williams led Syracuse with 15 points, followed close behind by Southerland, who had 14 and junior forward C.J. Fair, who ended with 10.

Though the Orange got on the offensive boards more, 18 to 11, they were just edged by the Huskies in total rebounds, 35 to 34.

The leader of the Big East Conference as well as all of NCAA Division I men's basketball in assists, Carter-Williams, fell well below his average of 8.5, recording only a single assist in this match.

UConn finished the game with three players attaining at least three assists apiece. Napier led the team and all players on both sides with seven, followed by Boatwright's four and junior forward Tyler Olander's three.

Having more blocks (six to two) and steals (11 to seven) as well as less turnovers (10 to 18) was not enough for Syracuse, who made crucial mistakes in the second half and struggled to find their groove from the field throughout the entire game.

The Orange fall to 20-4, with all four losses coming on the road, and 8-3 in the Big East, leaving them in a three-way tie for first place in the conference with the Georgetown Hoyas and Marquette Golden Eagles.

With the win, the Huskies improve to 17-6 overall and 7-4 in the conference.

This victory also gives UConn an above .500 record versus top-25 ranked opponents, at the time of play, this season, at 3-2.

Syracuse will remain on the road for one more match before returning home to the Dome. Up next are the Seton Hall Pirates on Saturday, February 16th, at 8pm ET.

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