Syracuse, N.Y. — Syracuse’s defense baffled Boston College and the Orange throttled the Eagles 76-50 on Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome.
Syracuse clamped down on Boston College right from the opening tip, holding the Eagles without a field goal for the game’s first eight minutes. The Orange held BC to just 13 first-half points.
The Eagles missed their first 18 attempts from 3-point range. Boston College guard Julian Rishwain finally made a trey with 13:40 left in the game.
The Orange limited Boston College to 35 percent shooting from the field and the Eagles finished the game 6-for-31 (19 percent) on 3-pointers.
Syracuse won its first ACC home game after dropping its first three conference home games. The Orange is now 10-7 overall and 3-3 in the conference.
Boston College fell to 9-8 for the season and 3-3 in the league.
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Buddy Boeheim scored 22 points, 15 in the first half. He went 4-for-7 from 3-point range. He was just shy of his career-high of 26, which he set earlier this season at Georgia Tech.
Elijah Hughes scored 19 points on 7-for-14 shooting.
Marek Dolezaj recorded his second double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Derryck Thornton, Boston College’s leading scorer, started Wednesday’s game. He had missed BC’s previous two games with a sprained ankle. Thornton, however, showed the effects of the injury and the missed time. He missed his first five shots and didn’t score until making a mid-range jumper just over three minutes into the second half.
Syracuse’s 38-13 halftime lead was its largest over an ACC opponent since joining the conference for the 2013-14 season.
Syracuse’s decided the game with its defensive effort in the first half. Boston College missed all 14 of its 3-point attempts in the half. The Eagles made only five of their 27 field goal attempts overall.
The struggles started right from the start for Boston College, which missed its first 10 shots from the field. The Eagles’ first made basket came on a Steffon Mitchell jumper with eight minutes gone in the game.
Buddy Boeheim out-scored Boston College all by himself in the first half. The Syracuse sophomore had 15 first-half points, including seven straight midway through the half to break the game open. Boeheim’s 7-0 run gave the Orange an 18-7 lead with 7 minutes left before half.
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