No. 23 Syracuse traveled to Tallahassee and had its worst scoring output of the season, falling to No. 9 Florida State 62-52. The Orange shot 20-67 from the field, while connecting on 5 of 24 three-point attempts.
SU’s offense showed early signs of trouble. Syracuse made 3 of its first 19 tries from the field and trailed 18-7 at the 11:43 mark of the first half. That shooting performance included missing each of its opening 7 three-pointers.
The first 20 minutes of the game were highlighted by Seminoles’ sophomore forward Ivey Slaughter. The Macon, GA native tallied 10 points on a perfect 5-5 shooting.
Syracuse refused to go away quietly into the northern Florida night. In the first 6 minutes of the second half, the Orange shot over 50 percent from the floor, cutting a 10 point deficit to 6 (39-33) at the under 12 timeout. That FSU lead was trimmed to 3 at the midway point of the second half.
However, the Seminoles began to rebuild their lead. The closest the Orange would get the remainder of the contest was 5.
Florida State used a double-digit rebounding advantage (51-37) to overcome 21 turnovers. FSU also forced 19 Syracuse giveaways.
Brianna Butler led SU scorers with 15 points on 6-15 shooting, 2-8 from 3, in 35 minutes of action. Diamond Henderson and Taylor Ford joined Butler as the only Orange players with double-digit points with 10 apiece.