Tyus Battle dropped 31 points, 21 in the second half, and the Orange used an early 14-0 run to take a lead that it would never relinquish against the Eagles on Wednesday night.
The ACC is frequently labeled as the toughest league in all of college basketball by fans, players, and coaches alike, but, once again, the conference has been exposed when it matters most: March.
Each year, associate sports editor Bradley Smart has high hopes for his bracket, but each year he’s let down as Murphy’s Law is in full effect—and there’s plenty of pitfalls in this years tourney.
The Eagles pushed the tempo and used the dribble-drive to crack Syracuse’s trademarked 2-3 zone, freeing up shooters on what was a 48-percent day from the field, ultimately paving the way for BC’s first win in two weeks.
BC turned the ball over 17 times and offered very little resistance on the defensive end of the court, allowing the Orange to shoot a season-high 60.4 percent from the field on Wednesday night.
Just like Mike Krzyzewski and Duke men’s basketball, Jerry York and BC men’s hockey will bounce right back to winning ways next year after a disappointingly early end to the 2016-17 season.
The Eagles fell to Syracuse 76-53 on Saturday, as the team struggled to repeat its previous New Year’s Day shooting performance against the Orange.
Conte Forum’s ceiling wasn’t the only thing to leak. The Eagles’ 3-point defense was porous, allowing Syracuse freshman Tyler Lydon to walk all over them.
Matt Milon had a career-high 25 points while Dennis Clifford dominated the inside. But no one gave them a hand in BC’s 75-61 loss to Syracuse at Conte Forum.