Instant Juice: Syracuse 65, Georgia Tech 71

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Syracuse dropped its third straight game

A quick take on Syracuse’s 71-65 loss to Georgia Tech on Sunday evening:

WHAT HAPPENED: A 12-0 Georgia Tech run midway through the second half gave the Yellow Jackets a 51-38 lead with 9:19 left in the second half. But the Orange, as has been the case all season, mounted a furious rally and pulled to within 67-65 with 56 seconds left seconds left. But a questionable illegal screen call on Tyler Roberson with 17 seconds left when Syracuse had a chance to tie torpedoed the rally, and Georgia Tech hit some free throws for the final margin.

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ANALYSIS: Syracuse missed a golden opportunity to pad its NCAA resume with a fellow bubble team. At the start of the day, Syracuse was among the “Last Four In” according to bracketologist Joe Lundari, while Georgia Tech was among the last four out. It’s logical to think that for the time being, the two teams are switched. Georgia Tech was able to win thanks to a stymieing defense, which held John Gillon and Tyler Lydon to a combined 5-21 shooting from the field.

HERO: Ben Lammers dominated at both ends of the court for the Yellow Jackets, with 23 points, seven blocks and seven rebounds. For the Orange, Taurean Thompson’s 18 points led the way.

ZERO: Syracuse has lived and died by the 3-pointer this season, and on Sunday, it was 8-30 from beyond the arc.

WHAT’S NEXT: Syracuse hosts Duke at the Carrier Dome on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. TV: ESPN.

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Wes Cheng

About Wes Cheng

Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.
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