Syracuse bounces back with 83-57 win over Miami (full coverage)

About seven minutes into Tuesday’s game against Miami, Syracuse looked like it might be repeating its performance from Saturday’s 20-point loss to Pittsburgh.

The Orange looked listless on both offense and defense as Miami jumped out to an 11-2 lead. Were the Hurricanes about to score 64 points in a half, as Pittsburgh had in the second half of Saturday’s game?

Then everything changed.

The Orange went on a stunning 23-3 run, grabbing control of the game and never letting go in an 83-57 win over Miami.

Syracuse missed eight of its first nine shots, but when the Orange got going, it hardly missed. After that rough start, Syracuse finished the half by hitting 13 out of 19 field goal attempts.

Syracuse took a 36-22 lead into halftime and then opened the second half with nine straight points.

The win improved Syracuse’s record to 8-4 overall and 2-3 in the ACC. Miami, coming off an impressive win over Louisville, slumped to 6-7 on the season and 2-6 in the conference.

Joe Girard paced Syracuse with 23 points, while Buddy Boeheim broke out of his recent slump with an additional 23 points. Quincy Guerrier contributed 18 points and eight rebounds.

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Syracuse plays four of its next five at home, starting tonight against Miami. Tip off in the Carrier Dome is set for 7 p.m.

Syracuse (7-4, 1-3) looks to snap its first two-game losing streak of the season after a loss at Pittsburgh on Saturday afternoon. Junior Alan Griffin led the way a career-high 28 points, marking the fifth time the Ossining, N.Y. native has scored 20 or more points in a game this season. He now ranks seventh in the ACC in scoring, second in 3-point field goals made (2.55 per game) and third in 3-point field goal percentage (.368).

Miami upset No. 16/18 Louisville on Saturday to improve its record to 6-6 overall, 2-5 in league play. The Hurricanes are 1-2 on the road this season.

Tuesday’s game marks the 29th meeting between Syracuse and Miami. The Orange hold a 19-9 advantage in the series between the former BIG EAST foes.

The teams last met in the 2019-20 regular-season finale in Coral Gables. Joseph Girard III hit a mid-range jumper with one second to play to tie the game at 56-56 and force overtime. Miami scored the first four points of the extra session and held on for a 69-65 victory. Dolezaj scored 17 points and Bourama Sidibe grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Orange, while Wong led all scorers with 18 points.

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