It wasn’t pretty but Syracuse ended its road trip with a victory.
The Orange held of the Pittsburgh Panthers 65-56 for its seventh ACC win.
Syracuse was led by 18 points and 12 rebounds by Oshae Brissett. Frank Howard and Paschal Chukwu also reached double figures with 15 points and 10 points, respectively.
Tyus Battle struggled throughout the day finishing with just 6 points on 2-13 shooting. This is just the third time Battle has failed to reach double figures this season. The other two instances were against Eastern Washington when he finished with 8 points and Northeastern when he had just 2 points. Battle did have at least five assists for the third time in the last four games.
Everything went the Orange’s way in the first half. SU shot 52 percent from the field, including 50 percent from three-point range. Pittsburgh shot just 26 percent from the field in the first half.
Syracuse used a 18-4 run capped off by an Elijah Hughes three-pointer to go up 31-15 in the first half. Both Brissett and Chukwu finished with 8 first half points and SU took a 35-22 lead into the locker room.
The second half was much different.
Syracuse went on two separate scoring droughts to allow the Panthers to climb back in the game. Tyus Battle didn’t score his first point until 11:17 was left in the second half. Frank Howard then came alive scoring 8 points in less than four minutes to put SU up 57-45 with 6:59 remaining in the game. The Orange held on from there for the nine point win.
Syracuse is now 16-6(7-2) and next faces No. 25 Florida State on Tuesday at 8pm.