Quick Hits: Syracuse wins third straight as Cole Swider shines again

Dec 7, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Syracuse Orange forward Cole Swider speaks to reporters following Syracuse's 67-53 loss to the Villanova Wildcats at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Bierman, The Juice Online.

Syracuse knocked off Louisville, 92-69, on Saturday afternoon. Here’s some quick thoughts from the game:

  • Syracuse is now 54-4 since entering the ACC when they shoot 34 percent or better from three-point range while holding their opponent to 30 percent or worse from beyond the arc, including 4-0 this season.

  • For the second straight game, Jesse Edwards got off to a quick start. The center got multiple looks in pick-and-roll action for a couple dunks and a three-point-play, logging nine points and adding a nice kickout pass on the move for a Cole Swider three in the first 6:10 of action.
  • Swider has shot 9-of-11 from three-point range in the last three games, lifting his shooting percentage from three in conference games to a team-leading 40.5 percent.
  • While the recent offensive explosion has been great for the Orange, a large part of what it is doing is covering up defensive performances that have been in line with the rest of the season. In the last three games, SU has allowed their opponents to shoot 43.7 percent from the floor and 36.6 percent from three while forcing 12.7 turnovers per game. Before that, those marks were 43.0 percent overall and 34.1 percent from deep with 12.8 turnovers per game.
  • Louisville center Malik Williams, the team’s top scorer, missed the game while indefinitely suspended.

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The Orange will start a quick two-game road trip on Tuesday night when they play at Boston College. The Eagles (9-12, 4-7) are off this weekend, giving them six full days off prior to facing SU.

Six different players have seen action in every game this season and average at least 7.8 points per game for Boston College. Makai Ashton-Langford leads the team at 12.7 points per game and with 26 three-pointers on the season. DeMarr Langford Jr. is second on the team with 10.5 points per outing while Jaeden Zackery averages nine markers while shooting 44.6 percent from three-point range.

The Orange and Eagles will renew their rivalry at 8:00pm Eastern on Tuesday and the game will be televised by the ACC Network.

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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.