By Chris Carlson | [email protected] | Posted on February 2, 2019 at 8:30 pm
Pittsburgh – Siracusa Basketball beat Pittsburgh, 65-56, on Saturday at the Petersen Events Center. Orange improved to 16-6 (7-2 ACC).
Check out the best and worst of the SU vs. Panthers (12-10, 2-7 ACC).
In a game where Syracuse had a significant advantage in size, Siracusa made the lead Osae Brietse, using very often to catch the ball around the paint. He finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds. He took only a three-member for the second consecutive game, binding his season.
By staying at 12:42 PM Pittsburgh, Syracuse seemed to be rolling. The panthers had reduced by 16 points three. Xavier Johnson had two free kicks. He missed both. Then Osae Brietse made a couple to settle in the Orange.
Pittsburgh's top protector Xavier Johnson showed why he was considered one of the best players in the first year in Pitt's first two baskets. Johnson entered the SU area of 2-3 and split it twice. First, he handed Malic Ellison deftly without seeing him while he was running the baseline. Then he hit center Terrell Brown with a lobe.