Syracuse controls the boards against Miami

Syracuse wanted to get back to controlling the glass after a subpar performance against Pittsburgh. They were successful in that endeavor against Miami on Saturday.

Syracuse came into Saturday's game against Miami off of its worst rebounding performance of the season against Pittsburgh. The Orange were dominated on the glass, specifically on the defensive end of the floor.

The frontcourt came in with a different attitude against the Hurricanes, determined to be the more physical team. Senior forward C.J. Fair had seven boards, Jerami Grant snagged eight off the glass, and Baye Keita and Rakeem Christmas combined for nine rebounds.

Overall, Syracuse won the battle of the boards 39-24, limiting Miami to just five offensive rebounds. It was a strong performance by an Orange squad that was clearly looking to correct its flaw from the previous outing.

Syracuse was aggressive on the glass and boxed out well, which can be difficult within the zone. With the Orange going through a bit of a slump as Miami climbed back into it, second change opportunities and controlling the glass allowed them to gain the momentum back.

The Orange went on to defeat the Hurricanes 64-52, with a 7-3 rebounding advantage over the final five minutes. Syracuse is no 19-0 on the season and faces Wake Forest on Wednesday.

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