BLACKSBURG, VA (WSYR-TV) – Syracuse traveled down to Virginia for the second time in a week looking for revenge against an ACC opponent that defeated it in the Dome.
SU held off Virginia Tech late to pull out a 71-69 win.
Buddy Boeheim tied a career-high 26 points with 18 coming in the first half. Elijah Hughes had 17 points to go with 7 rebounds and Marek Dolezaj reached double figures with 11 and added 11 rebounds. Quincy Guerrier was a nice spark off the bench with 5 points and 9 rebounds.
Virginia Tech held the early lead at 14-10 with 13:00 to play when Boeheim exploded for an 18-5 run by himself. Buddy knocked down four first half threes pushing the Orange to a 28-19 lead with 7:47 to play in the first half.
SU held a 16 point lead on a Dolezaj layup with 4:05 to play before Va Tech cut it to 36-28 before the break.
In the second half, Syracuse again went up double digits on Boeheim’s fifth three of the day to make it 47-34 at the 15:57 mark. As hot of a shooting day as Boeheim had, going 10-20, 5-13 behind the arc, Virginia Tech’s was better.
The Hokies started the second half hitting 6 of 9 three-pointers to cut the game Orange lead to 53-51 with 10:37 to play. Va Tech hit 15 threes in the game led by 5 threes from Naheim Alleyne and his 17 points.
Syracuse held onto the lead however despite pressure from Virginia Tech. The Hokies cut the Orange lead to 66-65 on a PJ Horne layup with 1:54 to play. SU responded with a layup from Dolezaj to make it a three point game. On the next possession, Alleyne made it one point game once again with a jumper, Hughes once again made it a three point game hitting a running floater to make it 70-67 Orange with 58 seconds left.
Wabissa Bede hit a layup in the lane and was fouled by Hughes and headed to the line with a chance to tie it at 70. He missed the free throw and Landers Nolley missed a game-winning three pointer with 1 second remaining. Dolezaj would hit the front end of 1-and-1 free throw to all but seal SU’s win.
Syracuse won the rebound battle 35-33 and outscored Virginia Tech in the paint 34-12.
Syracuse is now 11-7(4-3) this season. The Orange are 3-0 on the road in ACC play. Next up Syracuse will travel to Notre Dame looking for a win in that rematch. The Fighting Irish beat the Orange 88-87 on January 4th inside the Dome.