Syracuse comes up short at Virginia

Coming off a huge win at Duke, Syracuse traveled to Charlottesville for a game against Virginia.

After an uplifting victory at Duke last week, Syracuse traveled to Virginia for an evening tip-off with the Hoos. 

Due to the winter storm, SU arrived in Charlottesville around 12 p.m. ET. After a quick trip to the team hotel, SU arrived at the arena.

Despite a late comeback attempt by the Orange, they fell to the 13th-ranked Cavaliers, 73-65. 

Michael Gbinije and Malachi Richardson were SU's only offensive on Sunday, scoring 24 and 23 points, respectively. Gbinije was held to 5 first-half points, but exploded in the second half, hitting five 3-pointers. He also had 4 steals. Richardson finished the game 8-for-15 from the field, including 6-for-10 from 3-point range. It was his third game this season with 20+ points. 

After a huge game from junior forward Tyler Roberson last week at Duke (14 points, 20 rebounds), he was held to 4 points and did not record a rebound in the first half. He scored 2 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in the second half, but it wasn't enough. Virginia does an incredible job on the glass, and limit offensive rebounds better than anyone in the country. 

Freshman forward Tyler Lydon continued his reluctancy against Virginia on Sunday. He only took one shot, which was a missed 3-pointer. He went 2-of-3 from the free throw line, finishing with 2 points and 4 rebounds. Earlier in the year, when Syracuse was playing their best basketball, Lydon was a huge part of the offensive. Now, it seems as if he's lost all confidence in his shot, which is hurting SU on the offensive end of the floor. 

As a team, the Orange shot 39% (21-for-54) from the field, and 43% (13-for-30) from 3. 

Trevor Cooney couldn't get going on Sunday, finishing with 8 points on 3-of-13 shooting. DaJuan Coleman finished with 2 points and 6 rebounds. He also was charged with two offensive fouls after getting the ball on the block. His struggles continued on Sunday, and his lack of development is starting to really show, as if it wasn't already.

Virginia was led by senior guard Malcolm Brogdon, who scored 21 points and grabbed 5 boards. Anthony Gill and London Perrantes each scored 16 points. Gill added 8 rebounds, while Perrantes had 7 assists. 

Virginia improved to 15-4 (4-3). 

Syracuse fell to 13-8 (3-5). The Orange return to the court on Thursday vs. Notre Dame (14-5 overall, 5-2 ACC). The game will tip at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. 


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