Syracuse basketball loses another close contest; final horrific streak

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If you look at the box score from their five-point loss to Florida State at home on Saturday afternoon, overall Syracuse basketball played a pretty clean game.

The Orange shot well from the field, the free throw line and beyond the arc. The ‘Cuse overtook the Seminoles. Syracuse basketball has committed a dozen turnovers, by ESPN website, but that’s around the team average.

Senior forward Cole Swider, junior center Jesse Edwards, senior shooter Buddy Boeheim and junior combo guard Symir Torrence all put in great performances.

Now Orange’s inconsistent defense gave up 76 points in a 76-71 loss to FSU on the Hill. The Seminoles, not a great perimeter shooting team, connected 60% from deep and 55% from the field as a whole.

Sometimes opponents get hot from a 3-point field. It happens. I can live with that. What I found indefensible was how the ‘Cuse ended this Atlantic Coast Conference clash.

Syracuse’s basketball was miserable at the end of the game.

As has often happened in the 2021-22 campaign, the Orange took a double-digit lead in the first half, but Florida State clawed its way back.

To their credit, the Seminoles (10-5, 4-2) play a deep bench, while the ‘Cuse don’t, so maybe fatigue kicked in. But to Orange’s credit, after having given up his advantage, the Syracuse basketball players did not fold. They fought hard, as they always do.

The ‘Cuse (8-9, 2-4) put themselves in a good position to win this meeting or at least send it to overtime, as head coach Jim Boeheim noted in his post-match press conference.

Down one point, grad forward Jimmy Boeheim, who struggled in this battle, had a good look near the edge, but his shot missed. Jim Boeheim said he thought Jimmy was fould, and I agree with that assessment.

Either way, there was still time on the clock. It emerged that Jimmy Boeheim tried to foul an FSU player after the Seminoles caught his foul on the glass, but Jimmy needs to be more aggressive in this situation when trying to foul.

Florida State ended up throwing a long pass for a transition bucket to increase by three runs. There were seconds left and Syracuse basketball still had a timeout.

I don’t mind Jim Boeheim not calling a timeout there, in order to avoid letting FSU set up their defense. But junior point guard Joe Girard III threw a terrible inbounds pass, the Seminoles held on to the ball and were fouled, and two free throws later Florida State earned a five-point triumph in revenge. after ‘Cuse’s victory in Tallahassee, Florida. , by three points in early December.

To put it mildly, Syracuse basketball doesn’t close out close games. Flashing back to last month, the Orange lost to Georgetown by four points, at home to Virginia by five points, to Miami by one point, to Wake Forest by three points in overtime, and now at home to FSU by five points. .

That’s five losses by a total of 18 points. Now Syracuse basketball is finishing its home stand in three deals when he hosts Clemson this Tuesday night, on January 18, starting at 9 p.m., with television coverage on the ACC network.

Understandably, the multitude of ‘Cuse fans are frustrated with what happened in 2021-22, and include me in that category.

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