Record Setting Night

17 Jan

The Syracuse men’s basketball team is 20-0.  That is the best start that any Syracuse basketball team has ever had.  Let that sink in for a moment.  We are truly watching something special here, folks.  No matter how this season finishes out, it will go down in the record books.

Syracuse beat Pitt 71-63 in front of 24,826 orange clad fans.  Although Pitt came into the game on a six game losing streak, in the eyes of Orange fans, this was still going to be a tough game.  This is the first time Syracuse has beaten Pitt since the 2006 Big East Tournament, and the first time they’ve beaten Pitt at home since 2003.  Hopefully that will be an omen for things to come.

Syracuse didn’t play their best game overall, but they sure got off to a fast start, jumping out to a 13-0 lead.  Pitt did its usual Pitt thing, and by that I mean foul every possession and never get called for them, and they clawed back into the game.  It took a little run by SU to gain a nine point lead heading into half time, 35-26.  The second half was a back and forth affair, and Pitt had Orange fans sweating a little bit, but big shots by Dion Waiters and Kris Joseph on back to back possessions put the game away for the Orange.

Syracuse’s defense has been unbelievable all season long, and that continued tonight.  Syracuse forced 14 turnovers, had 11 blocks, and had 8 steals.  The defense had some lapses in the second half, but was able to get key stops when they needed them most.  Syracuse also needs to start rebounding better.  I know this is tough to do when you’re playing a 2-3 zone, but there are some balls that they need to start getting to.  I don’t believe that this will have a huge effect on this team moving forward, and I’m probably just knit picking.

Dion Waiter lead the Orange with 16 points, Scoop, Brandon Triche, and Kris Joseph all had 12, and Scoop added 10 assists. Fab Melo also recorded a double double with 10 points and 10 boards.  Fab also added 6 blocks to his stat line.  Like I said earlier, this team is special.  We should all make sure we really start to realize just what we’re watching and don’t take it for granted.

A trip to Notre Dame Saturday night is next for the #1 team in the country, followed by a Monday night date at Cincinnati.  These will be two tough games and expect these teams to challenge the orange, even if “challenge” means keeping the game in single digits.  On to the next one…

DDL

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