SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- After winning their previous five games, and eight of their last nine, Syracuse lost their second consecutive game yesterday at the hands of Pittsburgh. Freshman Tyler Lydon was terrific, matching a career-high 21 points. Outside of Lydon, the Orange were flat, and fell apart at the end of the game, falling to 18-10 overall, 8-6 in ACC play.
Here are my four takeaways:
1. 19 points: Trevor Cooney, Michael Gbinije and Malachi Richardson combined for 19 points yesterday on 6-of-29 shooting from the floor. Syracuse simply cannot win with those numbers. It was Richardson and Cooney's second straight poor performance, while Gbinije extended his double figures scoring streak to 28 games. The three combined for five turnovers, as well.
2. Roberson: Tyler Roberson was held scoreless in 25 minutes of action on Saturday. SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, "If I had anyone else, he wouldn't play a minute," when asked about Roberson's performance. The junior forward had four rebounds, but the Orange were manhandled on the glass overall, 43-23. Roberson was on the bench for a majority of the second half. The Orange continued to give up offensive rebounds, and their best rebounder was sitting between Mike Hopkins and Adrian Autry.
3. Tyler Lydon: Freshman Tyler Lydon matched his career-high of 21 points on Saturday. Without his monster performance, Syracuse would've struggled to score over 35 points, according to Jim Boeheim. In a sense, Lydon picked up the slack for Tyler Roberson, although his one rebound ended up killing the Orange. Against physical teams, such as Pittsburgh, Lydon gets pushed around and beat up.
4. Jamie Dixon: Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon owns Jim Boeheim at the Carrier Dome. With the win yesterday, Dixon improved to 7-2 all-time against the Hall-of-Famer. His Pittsburgh teams always seem to grab the necessary rebound, hit the clutch 3-pointer, or outwork the Orange to do what it takes to pull out the victory. Overall, Dixon is 14-6 vs. Syracuse in his career with the Panthers. Other than Rick Pitino, has anyone else given Boeheim more problems than Dixon?