Three Syracuse Orange scored double figures, and the Boston College offense sputtered for two incredibly long stretches as the Eagles dropped a 62-40 decision on Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome in Western New York.
The loss drops the Eagles to 7-9 overall, 0-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while the Orange picked up their first league win while improving to 11-7 overall.
Eli Carter hit back-to-back three pointers to open up the game, giving the Eagles an early 6-4 lead before falling behind, 12-8. But they failed to capitalize on a three-minute stretch when the Syracuse offense went cold, giving the Orange a chance to figure things out and pull away. At the same time, BC failed to hit a field goal for over 10 minutes in the first half, falling behind by 15 at the end of the first half, 30-15
The second half saw Boston College able to break the Orange zone for some points, cutting what was a 15 point lead down to seven by the eight minute mark of the frame. But the offense went stone cold again, allowing Syracuse to open up a 20-plus point lead in the late goings of the game.
Tyler Roberson nearly had a double-double in the first half for Syracuse, grabbing ten rebounds along with seven points in the first 20 minutes. But he picked up three fouls in six minutes in the second, relegating him to the bench with 10 points and 14 boards.
Malachi Richardson finished with 15 points for Syracuse, and Michael Gbinije added 14.
For BC, Eli Carter added nine points but shot 3-8 after his opening barrage. Garland Owens and Matt Milon were next best for BC with six points.
In total, BC shot 30% from the floor, including 38% in the second half after opening up the period at 60%. Syracuse finished at just under 48% for the night.
The Eagles are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers.
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