Leading 25-17 at halftime against the 13th ranked Miami Hurricanes, the Syracuse Orange had to be feeling pretty good. But a different Miami team came out of the locker room after the break, one that wanted to attack the traditional Orange zone and draw fouls. That team hung 47 points on Syracuse in the second half in a 64-51 loss for the Orange Saturady afternoon in Coral Gables.
Malachi Richardson poured in a career-high 20 points thanks to 5-6 shooting from the three-point line for the Orange. Michael Gbinije was the only other Syracuse player to finish in double figures, finishing with 10 points.
Poor shooting performances were all around for the Orange Saturday as they shot just 32.1% (18-56) from the field. Gbinije let the way, shooting just 3-14 from the field, including 0-7 from behind the arc.
Both teams came out shooting cold to open the game with Syracuse trailing 10-9 at the second media timeout. Trailing 9-5 with 12:35 left in the first half, Tyler Lydon nailed a three-pointer to spark a 17-2 Orange run that would give Syracuse their largest lead of the game at 12 points. Richardson knocked down two from long range and Trevor Cooney hit his only three of the game during the run.
Syracuse held Miami without a field goal for almost 11 minutes in the second half, limiting them to just five free throws during the stretch.
After holding the Hurricanes to just 25% shooting in the first half, Miami came out wanting to attack the basket, starting the second half on a 9-2 run that included three free throws and two shots from close range. The Hurricanes finished shooting 34% from the field.
That was the Miami team we would see in the second half, one that wanted to attack the rim and draw fouls on the Orange. Syracuse was called for 13 second half fouls and 25 total.
The Hurricanes went 25-34 from the free throw line, knocking 18 of those shots in the second half. Syracuse shot just 8-14 from the line.
As Miami built the largest lead of the game late, the Orange went cold fromt the field, shooting managing just two Lydon free throws in a five minute stretch that reached 2:38 left.
Sheldon McClellan led Miami with 22 points, going 12-14 from the free throw line. Ja'Quan Newton added 14, all coming in the second half.
Miami started 0-11 from behind the arc before knocking down three late to help push ahead of the Orange. Syracuse shot 7-22 from three-point land.
Next up, Syracuse takes on Clemson at the Dome on Tuesday. That will be the final suspended game for Jim Boeheim. He will return to the bench next Saturday when the Orange take on North Carolina.
- Syracuse stayed with Miami on the boards, with both teams finishing with 41 rebounds
- DaJuan Coleman fouled out for the second consecutive game. He finished with four points and four rebounds
- Gbinije and Lydon both finished with four fouls while Miami only had one player finish with as many as four fouls