Syracuse 69, Boston College 59 — What we learned

BOSTON — The Boston College Eagles should just be glad they don’t play men’s lacrosse.

For the second time in the past two months, a Syracuse team used a second half rally to thwart a BC upset attempt. Back in November, Terrel Hunt connected with Josh Parris on an 8-yard touchdown pass with six seconds remaining to beat the Eagles while clinching bowl eligibility in the process. On Monday night, Jim Boeheim’s team trailed by eight midway through the second half but used a 16-1 run to storm back for the win.

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Syracuse went on a big run in the second half

While the offense struggled most of the night and Syracuse battled severe foul trouble – Rakeem Christmas, Jerami Grant and Baye Moussa Keita all finished with four fouls – the Orange managed to do just enough for the win. Here’s what went right for Syracuse:

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Trevor Cooney

Cooney got to the hoop using an assortment of drives and three breakaway transition dunks. He converted 3-of-4 from the line while grabbing four rebounds to go along with three steals.

Passing the Boards

Syracuse outrebounded BC by a slim 28-24 margin but the Orange doubled up the Eagles on the offensive glass, 14-7. Grant led the way with five while snatching a team-high eight rebounds.

Ball Security

The Orange forced 16 BC turnovers – 13 of which were steals – while only committing eight of their own. Tyler Ennis had six of those steals. CJ Fair and Cooney swiped three apiece.

The Charity Stripe

Syracuse converted 17-of-21 free throw attempts including 10-of-12 in the second. The Eagles missed ten of their 26 attempts. Ryan Anderson was the main culprit making only 6-of-13.

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Steve Auger is a freelance writer whose work has covered a variety of topics including sports, pets, parenting, healthy living, local government and human interest stories. His work has been published on Care.com, Tom’s of Maine, Purina’s Petcentric.com and the Westford Patch. Steve’s been a diehard Syracuse sports fan for over 25 years. To this day, the words “Smart takes the shot” still make him cringe. Follow him on Twitter @Corner_Cube.
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