The Mountaineers appeared disinterested and lethargic through much of the contest, sufferring uncharacteristic turnovers and displaying little of the effort that has been their hallmark through much of the season.
West Virginia played respectable defense in the first half, but was again unable to mount any sort of consistent offensive attack. After trailing by just six points with 6:55 to go in the opening half, WVU gave up what is beocming a habitual late first half run to fall behind 35-17 at the half. The woeful first half output was WVU's season low, and also an alltime low for a Syracuse opponent at the Carrier Dome.
The Mountaineers' halfcourt offense was ineffective against Syracuse's man to man defense, which shoved the WVU offense twenty-five to thirty feet from the basket on nearly every possession. West Virginia shot just 27% from the field for the game.