On Tuesday night, Buddy and Jimmy Boeheim combined for 42 points to lead Syracuse over Pitt by a score of 77-61 in the Carrier Dome.
After a first half in which Pitt had three scorers with at least nine points, things looked to be trending towards a victory.
However, a 27-5 run from Syracuse that spanned from the end of the first half deep into the second half led the Orange to a double-digit lead and eventually victory.
Buddy Boeheim was the story in this one, lighting up the scorebook for four threes in the first half and not slowing down in the second frame. The senior finished with 24 points on 7-for-13 shooting, as well as 5 for 8from three-point range.
Early on, Pitt found success on the offensive end behind Femi Odukale, Jamarius Burton, and Mo Gueye, who contributed 10, 10, and nine points in the half, respectively. However, the Panthers could not buy a bucket in the second period, failing to crack Syracuse’s famous 2-3 zone and going without a field goal in the first nine minutes of the half.
That allowed Boeheim and the Orange to open things up, building the lead to as much as 20 points.
Gueye, Burton, and Odukale led the Panthers in the end, finishing with 14 points apiece.
Pitt big man John Hugley struggled to get going after a few empty possessions to start the game, finishing with eight points. Hugley did grab 8 rebounds in the matchup, but went just 1 for 6 from the field.
With the win, Syracuse improved to 8-8 (2-3 ACC), while Pitt fell to 6-10 (1-4 ACC).
The Panthers will return home looking for revenge in its next game on Saturday, Jan. 15 against Louisville, which will be televised on ACC Network.
The Panthers fell to Louisville by three points just last week, falling 75-72 despite Burton’s 21-point performance and Ithiel Horton’s 13-point game.
Tip off is set for 4 p.m. on Saturday.