The Syracuse Orange lost 84-72 to Duke in the ACC quarterfinals Thursday night in North Carolina.
Tyus Battle was still unavailable for the Orange due to an apparent hip/back injury he suffered against Clemson in the team’s regular-season finale.
Frank Howard stepped up for the Orange and carried the scoring load. The senior scored a team-high 28 points to pace the Orange offense against a tough Blue Devils team.
The Blue Devils held a 34-28 lead into half. Both teams really turned on the offense in the second half — second half scoring was 50-44 in Duke’s favor.
On the other side of the court, Duke’s Zion Williamson made his return after missing five games due to a knee injury. He was nothing short of sensational scoring 29 points on 13-for-13 shooting from the field, he also pulled down 14 rebounds.
Duke will play North Carolina in the ACC semifinals Friday night at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
Syracuse seems to have secured a spot in the field of 68, but will await their seeding during Sunday’s selection show.
We’ll be live with coach Jim Boeheim on LocalSYR.com following the selection show to get his thoughts.