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Four takeaways from SU's 72-61 loss to Pittsburgh

Syracuse lost their first conference opener since 2007. Here are four takeaways:

Syracuse lost their first conference opener since 2007 on Wednesday night. The Orange fought hard against an 11-1 Pittsburgh team, but ultimately fell short, 72-61. 

Here are four takeaways from the loss:

1. Free throws continue to hurt SU: Syracuse shot 64% (14-for-25) from the free throw line on Wednesday, which is about average for the Orange this season. Michael Gbinije, who traditionally struggles from the line, shot 50% (5-for-10). It's obvious the Orange don't have trouble getting to the charity stripe, however they do have trouble converting. Pittsburgh, who is the best free throw shooting team in the ACC, shot 78% (18-for-23) from the line on Wednesday. 

2. Rebounding: I sound like a broken record, but rebounding was ultimately the difference in Wednesday's game. Syracuse was out-rebounded, 43-25. But more importantly, Pitt's 19 offensive rebounds led to 24 second-chance points. The Panthers also had more offensive rebounds than Syracuse had defensive rebounds, which seems nearly impossible - but it happened. The Orange tried different lineups, including Tyler Lydon at the three for more height on the glass. That was all well and good until Dajuan Coleman found himself in foul trouble, which ultimately led to him fouling out with 6:30 remaining in the game.

3. Tyler Lydon's reluctance to shoot: Lydon had countless opportunities to shoot on Wednesday, and passed up nearly every chance. He scored five points on 1-of-3 shooting. He also grabbed four rebounds and had three assists. In the grand scheme of things, Syracuse is a better team with Lydon shooting, and scoring, the basketball. His three shot attempts is a season-low for the freshman, and Michael Gbinije made it apparent he would be discussing that reluctance on the ride back to Syracuse. He understands it needs to change, "I just have to be more aggressive," Lydon said after the game. 

4. Fewer 3-pointers: Syracuse shot only fifteen 3-pointers against Pitt on Wednesday, which was a season-low. Before the season, head coach Jim Boeheim said thirty two would be a "good number" of 3's for SU to take each game. Syracuse has struggled from 3-point range of late, shooting 33% on Wednesday, and as low as 19% earlier in December against St. John's


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