January 8, 2020: Syracuse Orange guard Joe Girard III (11) looks to drive against Virginia Tech Hokies guard Jalen Cone (15) during a 67-63 loss at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Initra Marilyn, The Juice Online.

Syracuse struggled for much of Tuesday night, but used a few first-half points to create a big enough lead to hold off Boston College for its fourth straight win, 73-64. The Orange (13-11, 7-6 ACC) put up an 8-2 run to take a ten-point lead just after halfway through the first half, then added an 8-3 run a few minutes later to push back that margin. to a dozen on the Eagles (9-13, 4-8).

SU shot well behind the lines but not well elsewhere, making 11 of 24 three-pointers and 14 of 16 foul shots in the game. The hosts, however, struggled just about everywhere, shooting 37.5% from the field and just 21.4% from three-pointers.

Both teams were cold at the start, as it took almost three minutes for either team to score and almost eight minutes for one team to reach the double. Once they were the first team to break double-digits, Syracuse moved things along a little faster, getting back-to-back triples from Cole Swider to finish an 8-2 flurry for a 19- 9 with just over eight minutes to play. half.

BC chipped away, getting half a dozen points a handful of times, but Buddy Boeheim and Swider connected behind the arc within 25 seconds of each other to double the lead to 32-20 with less than four minutes before halftime. The used Orange held most of that margin at halftime, leading 34-24 when the horn sounded.

The Eagles closed on eight points three minutes into action, but SU responded with a 9-2 run for their biggest lead of the game. Frank Anselem started the streak with a three-point play and Swider closed it with a triple for a 50-35 lead just over three minutes later.

Boston College again crawled in eight points with less than four minutes on the clock, but Joe Girard III slammed the door by going 8 for 8 on the foul line and adding a setback three after the hosts drew in seven points with a little more. two minutes to play.

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Cole Swider took game honors scoring 21 points, including 5 of 8 three-pointers, and caught eight boards to lead SU. Girard rallied from a slow start, racking up 17 of his 19 points in the second half. Buddy Boeheim had 12 of his 14 points in the first half and Jimmy Boeheim added 11.

Jaeden Zackery paced the Eagles with 18 points, draining three deep shots along the way. DeMarr Langford Jr. and Quinten Post each had 14 points, with the latter picking up an equal number of rebounds in the game. Makai Ashton-Langford helped BC’s cause with nine points.

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