Syracuse basketball loses another exciting game; last series horrible

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

The Orange shot well from the field, the free throw line and over the arch. The ‘Cuse bounced back stronger than the Seminoles. Syracuse basketball has racked up a dozen turnovers, according to the ESPN website, but that’s about the team’s average.

Senior striker Cole Swider, junior center Jesse Edwards, senior shooting guard Buddy Boeheim and junior combo guard Symir Torrence all put in outstanding performances.

Now Orange’s inconsistent defense got 76 points in a 76-71 setback from FSU on the Hill. Not a huge shooting team in the perimeter, the Seminoles closed at 60 percent of the depth and 55 percent of the field as a whole.

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

Syracuse basketball was miserable at the end of the game.

As a lot has happened in the 2021-2022 season, the Orange built a double-digit lead in the first half, but the state of Florida backed off.

To their credit, the Seminoles (10-5, 4-2) play on a deep bench, while the ‘Cuse doesn’t, so maybe fatigue played a part. But to the credit of Orange, the Syracuse basketball players did not fold after giving up their advantage. They fought hard, as they always do.

The ‘Cuse (8-9, 2-4) was in a good position to win this meeting or at least send it into extra time, as head coach Jim Boeheim noted in his post-game press conference.

One point down, graduate student striker Jimmy Boeheim, who struggled in this fight, got a great look at the rim, but his shot came up short. Jim Boeheim said he thought Jimmy had committed an offence, and I agree with that assessment.

Anyway, there was still time on the clock. It looked like Jimmy Boeheim was trying to foul an FSU player after the Seminoles grabbed his miss off the glass, but Jimmy has to be more aggressive in that situation when he tries to make a mistake.

Florida State eventually threw a long pass for a transition bucket to move up three points. There were a few seconds left and the Syracuse basketball timed out.

I don’t mind Jim Boeheim not mentioning a timeout, to prevent the FSU from setting up its defense. But junior point guard Joe Girard III threw a terrible in-bounds pass, the Seminoles maintained possession and got a foul, and two free throws later, Florida State took a five-point win to retaliate after the “Cuse” won in Tallahassee, fl. , with three points in early December.

To say the least, Syracuse basketball doesn’t shut down close games. Returning to last month, the Orange squad lost at Georgetown by four points, at home to Virginia by five points, at Miami by one point, at Wake Forest by three points in overtime and now at home to FSU by five points.

That’s five setbacks with a combined 18 points. Now Syracuse basketball will end its three-affair home stand when it hosts Clemson this Tuesday night, Jan. 18, beginning at 9 p.m., with television coverage on the ACC Network.

It’s understandable that the ‘Cuse fan base is frustrated with what happened in 2021-22, including me in that category.

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