Quick Hits: Miami use second-half run to oust Syracuse

Jan 5, 2022; Coral Gables, Florida, USA; Syracuse Orange forward Benny Williams (13) shoots the ball over Miami Hurricanes guard Jordan Miller (11) during the first half at Watsco Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse fell to 7-7 on Wednesday night, losing to Miami. Here are some quick hits from the game.

  • During Miami’s 9-0 second half run when they took the lead for good, Syracuse committed turnovers on five straight possessions.
  • Buddy Boeheim committed three first half turnovers, two leading directly to Hurricane points and one likely keeping points off the board for SU. First was a soft pass to Edwards at the top of the key, which was stolen and turned into a dunk. Later came a poor lead pass in transition to Benny Williams that was stolen. The last was when Boeheim threw away the inbounds pass after a timeout on final offensive possession of the half, which Miami converted into a score.

  • Miami had an 18-3 advantage in fast break points. The Orange went the final 30 minutes of the game without scoring in transition.
  • Joe Girard made four field goals in the second half, including three from beyond the arc. All four shots were assisted by Symir Torrence.
  • Girard and Cole Swider’s 13 combined three-pointers matched the season high by the team as a while prior to the Miami game. The team finished with 17 threes, their highest total of the season, and their 53.1 shooting percentage from deep was their second-best mark of the campaign.
  • The Orange had 21 assists on their 29 field goals, good for a season high 72.4 percent assist rate. Unfortunately, SU’s 19 turnovers were also a season high.

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  • The Orange will wrap this quick two-game road trip at Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon. The Demon Deacons (12-3, 2-2) snapped a two-game slide on Tuesday night by manhandling Florida State at home, 76-54. Wake pounded the Seminoles on the glass, owning a 53-30 rebounding advantage, while also stifling them on offense, permitting them to shoot just 24.2 percent from the field.
  • Alondes Williams does a lot of everything for Wake, leading the team with 20.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game. Jake LaRavia backs Williams at 15.1 points per game while Daivien Williamson and Isaiah Mucius combine for 22.6 points per game while making 38.8 percent of their three-pointers.
  • The matinee featuring the Demon Deacons and Orange will get underway at 2:00pm Eastern on Saturday and will 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.