Syra­cuse holds off Cor­nell

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Front Page - By Mark Frank,

Jim Boe­heim’s Or­ange man­aged to avoid an up­set by brother Buddy’s Cor­nell team in their first matchup.

SYRA­CUSE, N.Y. (AP) >> Round one of the Boe­heims ver­sus Boe­heim went to Syra­cuse but it wasn’t easy. The Or­ange just man­aged to avoid a huge up­set against Cor­nell Satur­day.

Broth­ers Buddy Boe­heim of Syra­cuse and Jimmy Boe­heim of the Big Red played against each other for the first time in their col­le­giate ca­reers. Their fa­ther, Hall of Fame coach Jim Boe­heim, didn’t have much time to en­joy the fam­ily af­fair as he watched his team strug­gle to a 63-55 win for its 39th straight vic­tory against its up­state foe.

Tyus Battle scored 26 points and Oshae Bris­sett had 19 as Syra­cuse (5-2) held off Cor­nell (4-4) to re­main un­beaten at home.

“There’s a lot of things we’re not do­ing well,” Jim Boe­heim said. “Tyus and Oshae played well enough for us to win. Oth­er­wise there wasn’t a lot of good things. I can’t tell you how dis­ap­point­ing it is. Re­ally bad.”

The ef­fort was par­tic­u­larly dis­turb­ing com­ing off his team’s im­pres­sive road win at Ohio State.

“It’s not fun to watch. I don’t like watch­ing it,” Boe­heim added. “And that’s dis­ap­point­ing com­ing off Wed­nes­day night where we did a lot of things well and we come out here and play like this. I can’t tell you how dis­ap­point­ing it is.”

It was so dis­ap­point­ing he couldn’t even take plea­sure watch­ing his sons play against each other.

“I was so wor­ried about the game when it was go­ing on, I wasn’t re­ally think­ing about that (his kids). Their mother can think about that,” Boe­heim said, who added Jimmy was “good” and “is on the verge of re­ally play­ing well and help­ing” his team. Jimmy Boe­heim scored nine points and reg­is­tered six re­bounds and four as­sists. Buddy hit a 3-pointer.

Matt Mor­gan paced Cor­nell with 26 points, 16 in the sec­ond half. He was 6-of-10 from 3 and 9-of-14 over­all. Josh War­ren added eight.

“We put up a fight and that’s what we wanted to come in and do,” Mor­gan said. “Con­trol the pace of the game, con­trol the tempo. “They just hit shots to­wards the end but I’m proud of the way we fought. Noth­ing much more than you could ask for.”

Syra­cuse took its biggest lead at 39-24 on a 3-pointer by Battle but Cor­nell stormed back, go­ing on a 12-2 run over the next four min­utes to close the gap to 41-36 with a lit­tle more than 13 min­utes to go. Bris­sett’s con­sec­u­tive 3s, sand­wiched around two foul shots by Jimmy Boe­heim, gave the Or­ange a 47-38 lead but Cor­nell closed to 47-45 on two 3s by Mor---

Mor­gan and a free throw by Steven Ju­lian.

Cor­nell took its first lead at 48-47 on a 3-pointer by Mor­gan with 7:53 to go. A layup by Marek Dolezaj gave the Or­ange a 49- 48 lead but two free throws by Mor­gan put Cor­nell in front, 50- 49 with 6:16 to go. A 3-pointer and layup by Battle on a Cor­nell turnover ex­tended Syra­cuse’s mar­gin to 54-50 with 3:50 re­main­ing.

Eli­jah Hughes’ lay-in and a des­per­a­tion 3 by Frank Howard, his only points of the game, gave the Or­ange a 59-52 lead. Battle closed out Syra­cuse’s scor­ing on a fall-back jumper.

“It was a good fight,” said Cor­nell coach Brian Earl. “We fought hard the whole time. We could’ve folded. We prob­a­bly would’ve folded in the past but we didn’t. It was a pretty good step for­ward. We just came up short against a good team.”

For the Or­ange, the game was a wake-up call.

“We weren’t ready to play and when we do that any­one can­make it a game with us,” Battle said. “If we play Tues­day (against North­east­ern) like we did tonight, we’ll lose.

Syra­cuse had a 33-24 half­time lead. Battle and Bris­sett ac­counted for 27 of the Or­ange’s 33 first-half points. SEE­ING DOU­BLE: Matt Mor­gan has now scored in dou­ble fig­ures in 59 straight games. COM­ING UP EMPTY: Af­ter scor­ing 17 and 18 points in his last two games, Syra­cuse’s Eli­jah Hughes had just four points. OF­FEN­SIVE: The Or­ange got only 18 points from play­ers not named Tyus Battle and Oshae Bris­sett. BIG PIC­TURE: Cor­nell: There are no moral vic­to­ries but the Big Red should feel pretty good about it­self, not just hang­ing around Syra­cuse but tak­ing the lead late in the game, threat­en­ing to break Syra­cuse’s 38-gamewin­ning streak against the Big Red.

Syra­cuse: The Or­ange have work to do. Af­ter an im­pres­sive road win against Ohio State, Syra­cuse looked slug­gish on of­fense with only Battle and Bris­sett do­ing any dam­age. UP NEXT: Cor­nell has a two-week lay­off un­til the Big Red trav­els to Ni­a­gara for a Dec. 16 matchup.

Syra­cuse hosts North­east­ern Tues­day night, its sec­ond in a stretch of seven con­sec­u­tive games at home.

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