Syracuse, N.Y. — Syracuse got its first win over a nationally-ranked team with a convincing 78-60 victory over No. 16 Virginia Tech on Saturday at the Carrier Dome.
Syracuse led 40-34 at halftime and opened up the lead with a 20-6 run midway through the second half.
Quincy Guerrier led Syracuse with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Alan Griffin notched his fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 boards. Griffin also had a career-high seven blocks.
Syracuse’s last win over a ranked team was a 63-55 overtime win over Virginia on Jan. 11, 2020.
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The win improved Syracuse’s record to 9-4 overall and 3-3 in the ACC. Virginia Tech, which had won seven of its previous eight games, dropped to 11-3 and 5-2 in the conference.
Marek Dolezaj bounced back from a scoreless outing in SU’s last game against Miami. The senior scored 14 first-half points and finished with 18 points.
Syracuse freshman Kadary Richmond scored 13 points off the bench.
Syracuse’s defense stymied Virginia Tech. The Hokies made five of their first 10 attempts from 3-point range with Nahiem Alleyne connecting on four.
But from that point on, Virginia Tech was just 3-for-19 from 3-point range, and Alleyne didn’t hit another shot from beyond the arc until the game’s final minute.
On the inside, Syracuse limited Virginia Tech center Keve Aluma — who came into the game leading the Hokies in scoring at 14.8 points per game — to just two points on 1-for-10 field goal shooting.
Syracuse hit the offensive boards for eight rebounds and 14 second-chance points in the first half. The Orange’s aggressiveness on the boards helped make up for its 1-for-6 shooting from 3-point range in the half.
Syracuse fell behind early but used a 10-0 run to take a 15-10 lead. Virginia Tech soon responded with its own 10-0 surge to move ahead 26-21.
Virginia Tech got a huge offensive lift from Nahiem Alleyne, who hit four 3-pointers in the first half and scored 17 points before the break.
Alleyne’s conventional 3-point play gave the Hokies a 31-29 lead with 3:21 left in the half, but the Orange out-scored Virginia Tech 11-to-1 over the next three minutes and wound up with a 40-34 halftime lead.
Syracuse will face No. 13 Virginia on Monday in Charlottesville, Va.
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