Instant Juice: Syracuse 85, Connecticut 67

A quick take on Syracuse’s 85-67 win against Connecticut:

WHAT HAPPENED: SU led by as many as 11 points in the second half, but with 6:26 left, Tyler Olander hit a free throw to pull UConn to within 63-61. The Orange immediately responded with an 18-1 run, to give them a 81-62 with 59 seconds left. The Orange won in front of 33,430 at the Dome, an NCAA on-campus attendance record for the season.

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ANALYSIS: Saturday’s game against UConn was in direct contrast to Syracuse’s previous game against Georgetown. SU coach Jim Boeheim called his team’s effort on the glass a “disaster” after being outrebounded 48-30 by Georgetown. The Orange showed significantly more effort on the boards today, gaining a 31-29 advantage. SU also shot only 34.9 percent from the field and 8-for-24 from downtown against the Hoyas. Against the Huskies, the Orange shot 10-for-16 from 3.

HERO: Scoop Jardine scored 21 points to lead four different Orange in double figures. CJ Fair chipped in 14 points and 12 rebounds.

ZERO: Alex Oriaki finished with just two points in 14 minutes and had four fouls.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Orange will travel to Kentucky to play Louisville on Mon. Feb. 13 at 7:00 p.m. TV: ESPN.

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