The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team rescued itself from the clutches of an embarrassing defeat by going on a 10-0 run to outlast St. Francis Brooklyn on Monday, November 18.
The 56-50 win marked the fourth consecutive game that No. 9 Syracuse (4-0, 0-0 ACC) would struggle to put together two solid halves. Arguably, the Orange failed to put together one good half against St. Francis, but the defensive effort at the end of the game can serve to give Syracuse a pass.
In the Orange’s prior three games against Cornell, Fordham and Colgate, the average margin of victory was 14 points. For a team with the talent, length and strength of Syracuse, this is a bit concerning.
This is by no means a bad team. In fact, with time, it may prove to be an elite team, but several points of concern must be addressed by head coach Jim Boeheim and his staff. With a week off while the team travels to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational, Syracuse fans can rest assured that the team’s issues will be addressed.
With the inexperience of the guards and increased playing time for everyone, save for C.J. Fair, there are growing pains that this team has endured.
Let’s take a look at these pains and what the Orange must do to improve.