The Orange tamed the Terriers inside the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon, 99-77.
Both teams came out fairly strong from the get go. With 15:41 left in the first half, it was tied at 10-10. SU and BU were 4 of 7 shooting, including two shots from deep. Andrew White and Tyler Lydon had all ten of the Orange’s points.
Gillon came in with the score at 20-12, hit a three, and stayed aggressive. He drove hard in the lane for a foul, grabbed an offensive rebound, and added an assist to Battle for a big 3, making it 20-18. He wasn’t afraid to attack the rim, and saw considerable playing time because of it.
Gillon would make another big three to cut the lead to 23-21 Boston. Thompson tied it with a long two from the left elbow.
The crowd and the players got excited over a Tyler Roberson and 1 opportunity from a Gillon dish. No good on the free throw.
With 4:49 left in the half, Howard came back in the game for White, making it a two-guard lineup. 36 seconds later, Gillon hit another three-pointer to break a 29-29 tie. It was 32-29 Orange with 4:13 left in the first half.
The last 5:41 of the half, Gillon and Thompson scored all 16 points for the Orange.
Syracuse started the second half with a Tyus Battle three. After the Terriers matched with a Tyler Scanlon three and a Justin Alston basket, the Orange went on an 8-0 run in the next 57 seconds, including threes from Thompson and White.
Beautiful ball movement got it inside for Thompson. He scored on their next possession as well, giving him 21 points, including 9 in the first 4:18 of the second half.
The score was 45-39 Syracuse at the half.
As it would turn out, it was a tale of two halves, as the second half got going much the way the fans expected the entire game to go. The Orange was up 61-44 with 15:39 left in the game.
Thompson would move well with and without the ball, getting Lydon involved on a nice interior pass. Thompson then went aggressively to the basket on the next possession as well. He was really taking the game into his own hands.
Hankerson tried to keep the Terriers in it with a three pointer from the right corner with 14:03 remaining, making it 64-47.
Frank Howard ran the point for the second half onslaught, with Gillon not checking in until 13:14 remaining in the half. The Orange broke the game open in the second half with Howard running the offense.
Taurean Thompson was a pleasant surprise for Cuse. He had 22 points in the game on 10-13 shooting, and seven boards.
Syracuse established its dominance in the second half. Over a 9:14 span, they outscored the Terriors 32-7.
There was a lot of involvement across the board for the Orange. Chukwu found the rim for a jam, and Gillon followed with another 3. It was 88-58 Syracuse with 6:00 remaining in the game.
Hankerson kept fighting with four three-pointers in a span of 2:26. He had 34 points in the contest. Still it was 92-70 Orange with 3:37 to go.
For Syracuse, it was a three-man wrecking crew, with Gillon, Thompson and White contributing 23, 22, and 19 respectively. The Orange looked comfortable, and cohesive in the second half.
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Next up for Syracuse is a date in the Dome with the Georgetown Hoyas next Saturday at noon.