Road Woes

Road Woes

Life away from the Carrier Dome has not gone well for Syracuse as all three of their losses have come outside of Syracuse. Their loss to the Panthers is detailed inside.

The Syracuse Orange men's basketball team lost a closely-contested match a week ago on the road versus the Villanova Wildcats.

With a week to adjust, they took back to the dusty trail en route to Pittsburgh to face the Panthers.

Different location, same outcome.

But, when the dust settled from this game, the Orange were no where close.

Villanova needed overtime.

Pittsburgh just needed to continue to strike.

In the first half of the match, Syracuse made a mere nine of their 24 attempts, as both teams struggled from the field, with Pittsburgh making 12 of 26.

From beyond the arc, the Orange made two of five, while the Panthers connected on one of nine first half tries from three-point range.

Coming out in the second half, the Orange did not get any better from the field, making nine of 25.

The Panthers made their same amount from the first half as well, but with less attempts, connecting on 12 of 24 field goal tries.

Combined, Syracuse and Pittsburgh made six of 29 attempts from three-point range.

The Orange led with players that attained double-figures, with three compared to the Panthers' one. Triche and fellow guard, sophomore Michael Carter-Williams, along with junior forward C.J. Fair, all reached double-digits, Fair leading with 20.

Senior guard Tray Woodall had 13 for Pittsburgh.

Carter-Williams came in leading the country in helpers despite lowering his assists per game from non-conference to conference play. He had been averaging 10 assists per game before Big East play, which has become seven per game when facing conference foes.

The sophomore guard dropped even lower than seven with only four assists versus Villanova.

In this match-up, he was responsible for a mere two helpers.

As a team, Syracuse, who had been averaging a little more than 15 assists per game, amounted a mere five.

Pittsburgh did the opposite, beating their season average of 17.5 assists per game with 19.

On the glass, the Orange were out-rebounded 37 to 21. They did not attain a rebound in the final 1:30 of the game.

The Panthers were out-rebounding opponents by eight boards on average entering the match. They finished this contest doubling that, with 16.

Syracuse only got to the offensive glass for eight rebounds, while Pittsburgh grabbed 14.

Atop all rebounders was Pittsburgh junior forward Talib Zanna, who matched his play on each end, with six on offense as well as on defense for 12 total. Zanna was the only player to attain double-digit rebounds.

Freshman forward Jerami Grant led all Orange with five rebounds, two on offense to three on defense.

Despite creating more turnovers, 19 to 14, the Orange did not capitalize as often as they could have. The Panthers led in points off of turnovers, 12 to 11.

Syracuse's starters had at least one turnover at the break, with senior guard Brandon Triche leading with four. They doubled their turnovers to finish the game.

A highlight for the Orange was at the charity stripe, where they connected on 16 of 20 attempts.

With the loss, the Orange drop to 18-3 overall and 6-2 in the Big East.

The Panthers now have the same amount of overall wins (18) and conference victories (six) as the Orange, elevating to 18-5 on the season and 6-4 in the Big East.

Syracuse will have less time to regroup, with a Monday night match-up against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at 7pm ET on February 4th.

After an 0-2 road outing, the Orange will host the Fighting Irish inside the Carrier Dome where they are 13-0 this season and 35-0 dating back to the end of the 2010-11 season.

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