A tough one to swallow for the Orange as Georgetown out physical-ed the Orange all day long and won 79-72. Tyler Roberson looked at times to be the best player on the court for either side, but disappeared for the early portion of the second half as he worked himself into foul trouble late in the first.
7-footer Bradley Haynes caused problems for the Orange all afternoon as he finished the day with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Syracuse simply didn’t have an answer inside as Tyler Lydon was not big or strong enough to fight with Haynes, and DaJuan was not tall enough nor did he have enough lift in his surgically repaired legs to stop Haynes from getting to the rim.
Syracuse really struggled to get anything out of its bench, as Frank Howard and Tyler Lydon combined for just 9 points. Howard however played by far his most minutes of the year.
The Orange made a run late, but it was not enough, even closing the gap to as few as 6 in the final minute, but it could not overcome the atrocious first half they put together.
After going to the locker room down 12, the Hoyas went on an 8-0 run right away and extended the lead to 20. SU fought back, and even outscored the Hoyas in the second half, but it was not enough.
Michael Gbinije finished up with a quiet 23 points. Tyler Roberson disappeared in the second half, and ended with 15 points and 7 rebounds.
After a 6-0 start, the Orange drops two straight games. In both, SU suffered long shooting droughts. When the Orange shoots well, the team will be fun to watch, and can beat most teams in the country. As evidenced by the early season, and the second half at Georgetown. But when they miss, as they did in the first half, they can lose to anyone too.
Posted By: Seth Goldberg