Quick Hits: Syracuse’s adjustments on defense frustrate Brown

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Oct 12, 2021; Charlotte, NC, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Buddy Boeheim (35) speaks to the media at the ACC Tip Off at Charlotte Marriott City Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse picked up its sixth win of the season, cruising past Brown, 93-62. Here are some quick hits from the game:

  • Brown struggled early from long range in both halves. The Orange played their traditional 2-3 zone in the first half, holding the Bears to 1-of-6 from deep early. After Brown closed the first half making 4-of-7 from deep, Syracuse switched to their 1-1-3 look in the second half to better results, as Brown missed their first six threes half from deep and ended the session 4-of-18 from three.
  • That strong perimeter defense helped SU get to 52-4 in last nine seasons when they shoot at least 34% beyond the arc and hold the opponent to 30% or worse from three.

  • While Joe Girard III had a strong game overall, but had three turnovers, all coming in a span of a little over four minutes. Two came as a result of overdribbling, something that has unfortunately been a feature of his game this season, not a bug.
  • Girard also unsurprisingly shot the ball exceptionally well when not tasked with running the point simultaneously. The junior hit 3-of-4 shots from the field in under six minutes while ceding the point guard duties to Symir Torrence.
  • While Cole Swider was perfect from long range, he missed his only two foul shots, nearly doubling his season total of errant free throws. Swider’s 3-for-3 on threes got him over 30 percent from long range on the season, as did Buddy Boeheim’s 4-for-6 effort.
  • After their 13-for-21 night from deep, the Orange are collectively shooting 38.1 percent from long range on the season.
  • Jesse Edwards finished with eight points, six rebounds, and three blocks. He has come a long way in a short time, as evidenced by that stat line not meriting special mention.

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  • The Orange will play a re-scheduled game Wednesday night, hosting Cornell in a contest that was originally scheduled for December 21. SU was originally slated to take on Georgia Tech, but became available when the Yellow Jackets had to pause activities in their program due to COVID-19, allowing them to make up the game with the Big Red (8-2), who paused their program earlier in December before Syracuse followed suit. The contest marks Cornell’s first game since December 8, when they were routed at Virginia Tech, 93-60.
  • The Big Red roll ten deep, as that many players see at least a dozen minutes per game. Six different players average at least seven points per game, led by Jordan Jones at 12.7 points per outing. The Big Red also shoot nearly 38 percent from three-point range as a team, led by Keller Boothby, who has made a team-leading 27 triples at a 57.4 percent clip.
  • Wednesday’s Syracuse-Cornell game will get underway at 7:00pm Eastern and be televised by regional sports networks.

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A 1996 graduate of Syracuse University, Jim has reported on Syracuse sports for the Syracuse University Alumni Club of Southern California on nearly a decade. He has also written a fantasy basketball column published by NBA.com. He currently resides in Syracuse.