WAER sports coverage

Syracuse Tournament Hopes Slammed Shut by Louisville

Feb 20, 2020

Jim Boeheim's team still had life, with their tournament hopes on its last legs, needing a win over 11th ranked Louisville to bolster their resume.

The Cardinals had none of it.

Chris Mack's team was on a 2-game losing skid, including being thouroughly outplayed by Clemson, losing by 15. That Monday, Louisville (22-5, 13-3 ACC) held a players-only meeting, and after a "spirited" week of practice according to the ESPN broadcast, the Cardinals earned a wire-to-wire victory over the Orange (14-12, 7-8 ACC), winning 90-66.

Hughes Return Not Enough To Down #8 FSU

Feb 15, 2020

The Syracuse men’s basketball team lost 80-77 to Florida State. After missing the majority of the last game with a lower-body injury, Elijah Hughes returned for the Orange and was very productive. The transfer Junior led all scorers with 25 points and shot 50% from the floor. Florida State also came into the game with lineup questions. Leading scorer Devin Vassell missed the entire game. It did not appear to be a health issue, however, Leonard Hamilton declined to answer questions about Vassell’s status after the game.

With three of the big men for the Orange fouling out, the Syracuse Men’s Basketball team had to rely on freshmen Jesse Edwards and Brycen Goodine. In the final two seconds of the game, Elijah Hughes took a shot from behind the arch and missed. Then, Edwards reached for the offensive rebound but instead tipped it over to Goodine, who laid the ball in for the game-winner. This was almost identical to what happen when the football team hosted Wake Forest and beat them as time expired with a clutch play from an underclass.

Duke to Visit Syracuse In Front of Record Attendance

Feb 1, 2020

31,000 are expected to be packed into the Carrier Dome ahead of the newest installment of the Duke-Syracuse rivalry. That number will be the highest attendance for any on-campus game this season, across the entire NCAA.



Orange Survive for Fifth Straight Conference Win

Jan 25, 2020

It was a nail biter in the Dome for the last four minutes, but the Orange sealed the victory against the Pittsburgh Panthers 69-61.

By the end of the first half, the Orange were up by 11 points. The Orange started on a  5-0 in the early going, and never looked back. They were tied for a short time at 5-5, but ended up leading for the remained of the game.

Syracuse Wins Fouth Straight

Jan 22, 2020

Wednesday night in South Bend, Indiana the Syracuse Orange (12-7) edged Notre Dame (11-7) to extend their winning streak to four games. 


Suddenly after an 84-82 win the Orange are right in the thick of things in the ACC after taking advantage of what seems to be a down year for the conference and maybe the entire college hoops landscape.

Something has clicked for Jim Boeheim’s team.

After losing to Virginia Tech at home less than 2 weeks ago, the Orange have rallied off 3 straight victories, including two on the road. One against the defending champion Virginia Cavaliers, and now this hard-fought game at Virginia Tech. This has given Syracuse’s tournament hopes newfound life, and momentum heading into a critical 3-game stretch of ACC play.

The Syracuse Men’s Basketball team is riding a three-game winning streak. These wins have all been against ACC teams and have given the Orange a 4-3 record in conference. SU has also notched two notable wins against both Virginia and Virginia Tech. Wednesday, Jim Boeheim and team have the opportunity for revenge. Last time these two teams faced off, it was a heartbreaker for the Cuse. The team lost by one after Joe Girard III hit a long three and it looked like he got fouled to put him on the line for an opportunity to tie the game. 

Is this the Start of Something Big for the Orange?

Jan 15, 2020

It was a slow start to the game for the Syracuse Orange, only scoring six points in the first nine minutes, but the Orange ended up scoring 76 points tonight, defeating the Boston College Eagles 76-50.

While the offense was off to a slow start, the defense was not. The Eagles could only muster 13 total points in the first half. The Orange defense has shined several times this season, but the key factor is actually scoring points, which has not been a problem the last nine games. Syracuse has scored more than 70 points the last nine games.

After a brutal loss to Notre Dame on Saturday, the Syracuse Men’s Basketball team returned to the Dome hoping to notch their second ACC win. Unfortunately for Jim Boeheim’s team, it dropped another close game in the final seconds. This was a much-win game for Syracuse who is struggling to beat notable opponents which will be important come March.