Syracuse basketball ends losing skid with series sweep over Georgia Tech

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Syracuse basketball desperately needed a win and they got win at home vs Georgia Tech. Here are all the details and how it played out.

Syracuse basketball finally stopped the bleeding on Saturday evening in the loud house.

After losing five of its last six and three straight, the Orange finally got back on the winning track with a 79-72 win over Georgia Tech. That also completed the series sweep over the Yellow Jackets.

After dominating the first matchup back in December thanks to some explosive offense from Elijah Hughes and Buddy Boeheim, this one didn’t come nearly as easily.

The Yellow Jackets simply played with more energy and looked like they wanted it more in the first half. That led them to a 38-27 advantage after the first stanza.

Syracuse just couldn’t find the bottom of the bucket in the first half and struggled to get things going offensively.

That all changed in the second half as the Orange started putting the pieces together.

Four Syracuse players finished with double digit points:

  • Elijah Hughes: 20 points, seven assists, and six rebounds.
  • Marek Dolezaj: 20 points, five rebounds, and perfect from the charity stripe 12-of-12.
  • Buddy Boeheim: 13 points.
  • Joe Girard III: 14 points, two steals, three assists, and two boards.

The Orange improve to 15-12 on the year and get back to .500 in conference play at 8-8.

This win doesn’t suddenly put the Orange into the field of 68. It was a win this team needed to get and they accomplished their goal. With four more regular season games to go that are all imminently winnable, Syracuse has to start stringing together some dubs to create some momentum heading into the waning moments of the year.

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Up next for the Orange is a road trip to Pittsburgh to play the Panthers on Wednesday February 26 with tip-off set for 7:00 p.m.