Syracuse Wins At UConn, 66-58, Ends Losing Streak

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Syracuse Score And Reaction: How Good Will Brandon Triche Be?

That was a much-needed victory for the Syracuse basketball program, which ended a four-game losing streak Wednesday night with a 66-58 victory at the Connecticut Huskies in a Big East Conference contest at the XL Center in Hartford, CT.

Despite starting the game 0-for-6 from the field and down 6-0, the Orange (19-4, 6-4) earned a quality road win against a Top-10 conference opponent -- did I mention it was against Jim Calhoun? It's always nice to beat Mr. Calhoun and the Huskies (No. 6 in the AP poll and No. 7 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll).

Mucho kudos goes out to freshman center Baye Moussa Keita, who had a stat-stuffing performance of four points, 11 rebounds, six steals and two blocks. Keita and senior forward Rick Jackson, who collected 13 rebounds and 13 points to earn his 20th double-double of the year, was the keys to tonight's victory. Those two owned the inside, which allowed junior forward Kris Joseph, senior guard Scoop Jardine and sophomore guard Brandon Triche to own the parameter and shut down the nation's second-best scorer Kemba Walker, who netted just eight points -- coming into the game, Walker averaged 24.2 points-per game.

But the story of the game is Triche, who continues to spark the Orange to victory. Triche scored seven points during a 10-4 second-half run that gave SU a lead, 36-29 with 16:12 to play, it would never lose. Triche is just a sophomore and seems to come up big when needed. This kid is going to be really good next year and the year after. It's exciting that he's at SU for another two seasons.

Jardine, who finished with seven points and six rebounds, did what he needs to do for the Orange to win. Jardine didn't force anything and at one point in the second half -- when he chucked up a patented, off-balance, 3-pointer -- I hadn't noticed his bad decision making. Yes, Jardine finished 2-for-11 from the field but a lot of his shots were driving shots that drew UConn defenders away from the rim and allowed Keita, Jackson and freshmen forward C.J. Fair, who netted six first-half points, to put back easy 2-point baskets. That's the kind of play SU needs from Jardine. Hopefully he can carry the performance into the next game.

The Syracuse basketball schedule features the Orange playing at the South Florida Bulls on Saturday (2 p.m.) then hosting the Georgetown Hoyas next Wednesday (7 p.m.). The Orange will travel to Louisville next Saturday, Feb. 12, (noon).

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Syracuse 66, UConn 58 Final Score: SU Defense Helps End Losing Streak

The Syracuse basketball program used a team effort Wednesday night to earn a 66-58 victory over the Connecticut Huskies (No. 6 in the AP poll and No. 7 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll) in a Big East Conference game at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. The No. 17 Orange (19-4, 6-4 Big East) ended a four-game losing streak by holding the nation's second-best scorer, Kemba Walker, to just eight points and forced the Huskies (17-4, 5-4) to commit 14 turnovers. The victory also helped SU avoid its first five-game losing streak under head coach Jim Boeheim.

SU's senior forward Rick Jackson collected 13 points and rebounds to earn his 20th double-double of the season. Teammate sophomore guard Brandon Triche chipped in with a team-best 16 points, 10 in the second half.

Syracuse began the second half with a 10-4 run, which was led by Triche who scored seven points during the spurt, to take a 36-29 advantage with 16:12 to play in the game. UConn answered with a 7-0 spurt that tied the game at 36-36 with 14:55 remaining. SU responded with two straight baskets -- freshman center Baye Moussa Keita netted a 2-point basket and junior forward Kris Joseph nailed a 3-pointer -- to take a 41-36 lead with 12:55 to go.

From there, the Orange, who led by seven points with about a minute and a half to go, hung on. Senior point guard Scoop Jardine made three-of-four free throws in the last minute to help cement the victory. Jardine finished with seven points and six assists. Keita ended the game with stat-stuffing performance of four points, 11 rebounds, six steals and two blocks.

For UConn, freshman Jeremy Lamb netted a game-best 22 points, including four 3-pointers. The Huskies were held to just 21-of-58 (36.2 percent) shooting, including 8-of-23 from behind the 3-point line. Connecticut, who opened it's season with 11 straight victories at home, has dropped two in a row at the XL Center. On Saturday, UConn lost to the Louisville Cardinals in double overtime.

The Syracuse basketball schedule features the Orange playing at the South Florida Bulls on Saturday (2 p.m.) then hosting the Georgetown Hoyas next Wednesday (7 p.m.). The Orange will travel to Louisville next Saturday, Feb. 12, (noon).



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Syracuse 26, UConn 25 Halftime Score: SU Rebounds From Slow Start To Take Lead

Senior forward Rick Jackson currently has six points and a game-best 10 rebounds for the No. 17 Syracuse Orange, who lead the Connecticut Huskies (No. 6 in the AP poll and No. 7 in the USA Today/ESPn coaches poll), 26-25 at halftime in a Big East Conference match up at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. Syracuse is trying to snap a four-game losing streak and avoid losing five straight games for the first time in Jim Boeheim's tenure.

Jackson helped SU (18-4, 5-4 Big East) take the lead at halftime by nailing a left-handed hook shot that beat the first-half buzzer. Syracuse, which began the game shooting 0-for-6 from the field and trailed 6-0 in the game's first five and half minutes, used 10-2 run in the last 3:24 to earn a one-point margin into the locker room. Sophomore guard Brandon Triche has six points. Freshman forward C.J. Fair has added six off the bench.

The Huskies (17-3, 5-3) shot just 9-for-21 (29 percent) from the field and trail in the rebound department, 25-20. Junior guard and the nation's second-best scorer Kemba Walker has just five points. Sophomore forward Alex Oriakhi and freshman forward Jeremy Lamb each lead UConn in scoring with six points.

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Syracuse Vs. UConn: Connecticut Tries To Extend SU's Losing Streak To Five

The No. 17 Syracuse Orange will try and end a four-game losing streak Wednesday night as they travel to the Connecticut Huskies (No. 6 in the AP poll and No. 7 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll) for a Big East Conference showdown at the XL Center in Hartford, CT (7 p.m. on ESPN).

Last week, the Orange (18-4, 5-4), whose last four-game losing streak came during the 2005-06 season, lost at home to the Seton Hall Pirates and on the road to the Marquette Golden Eagles. The previous week, SU dropped games to No. 2 Pittsburgh Panthers and No. 12 Villanova Wildcats. The two recent losses helped SU plummet from the college basketball rankings -- last week SU was No. 9 in the AP poll and No. 10 in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll. Currently, the Orange are tied for eighth in the 16-team conference.

On Saturday, The Huskies (17-3, 5-3) lost 79-78 in double overtime to the visiting Louisville Cardinals. Before Saturday, UConn was riding a six-game winning streak, which included victories at No. 3 Texas Longhorns and home against No. 12 Villanova.

Currently, UConn junior guard Kemba Walker leads the conference in scoring and is a strong candidate to win the nation's Player Of The Year award. Walker netted 20 points in Saturday's loss to Louisville, marking the 15th straight game that Walker netted 20-plus points, the third longest streak in school history. Sophomore forward Alex Oriakhi is averaging 10.7 points and 9.0 rebounds a game.


FG 3PT FT Rebounds Misc
G M M A Pct M A Pct M A Pct Off Def Tot Ast TO Stl Blk PF PPG
2010 - Kemba Walker 20 36.6 8.1 18.5 43.5 2.0 6.0 33.6 6.1 7.4 82.4 1.5 3.8 5.3 4.3 2.1 2.1 0.2 1.3 24.2

Defensively, Connecticut is sound. As of Monday, the Huskies were second in the conference in field-goal percentage defense (.390), blocked-shot average (6.45) and rebound margin (+6.4). UConn is shooting .332 percent (10th in the league) behind the 3-point line and .760 percent from the free-throw line (second in the league).



 

Information for this piece was provided by SUAthletics.com and BigEast.org.

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