Syracuse never close as Duke wins, 85-71 (full coverage)

The Syracuse Orange had an opportunity against the Duke Blue Devils to pick up a huge resume boosting win on the road at Cameron Indoor Stadium. However, Duke rained a barrage of threes against the Syracuse zone to open up a huge lead that the Blue Devils wouldn’t relinquish. Duke had all of the offensive momentum it needed to run away with a 85-71 win over Syracuse.

Buddy Boeheim led the Orange with 21 points, his second-consecutive 20+ point performance. Kadary Richmond followed closely behind with 15 points, finishing one point shy of matching his career high 16-point performance against Niagara. Boeheim and Richmond were joined in double figures by Marek Dolezaj (13 points) and Alan Griffin (11 points). Griffin and Quincy Gurrier tied for the team-lead on the glass with eight boards.

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Syracuse visits Cameron Indoor Stadium on Monday night for a matchup with the red-hot Duke Blue Devils. Duke has won three straight games, including most recently an upset over No. 7 Virginia.

The environment for Monday night’s game will be nothing like the one for last year’s matchup, when 31,000 fans packed the Carrier Dome. There are no Cameron Crazies this year due to COVID-19, removing much of the mystique behind a signature college basketball venue.

In the Dome last year, Syracuse kept it tight with Duke in the first half, entering halftime trailing by four. Fans cheered for Joe Girard III’s 3s and Elijah Hughesrejections. But the Blue Devils put together a consistent, strong second half to pull away and win 97-88.

Duke center Vernon Carey Jr. led the way with 26 points and 17 rebounds, dominating the interior of SU’s zone. Marek Dolezaj (22 points) and Hughes (21) responded, but Duke won the rebounding battle and shot 57% from the floor.

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