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Battle, Boeheim help Syracuse hold off Boston College

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim says his team needs somebody to make shots.

His son appears to be that player.

Tyus Battle scored 21 points, including 15 in the second half, but it was Buddy Boeheim's career-high 16 points that helped Syracuse withstand a late Boston College rally to defeat the Eagles 67-56 Saturday.

Boeheim came in with 9:40 to go in the first half and his Orange clinging to a 14-12 lead. He hit three 3s and two foul shots in a five-minute span to help the Orange extend to a 30-21 margin.

''He's helping us,'' Jim Boeheim's said. ''He's making shots. We need somebody to make shots out there and he's making shots.''

''He makes open shots,'' said BC coach Jim Christian. ''You have to know where he is, and if he has any room at all he makes it. He must love seeing us because he's played great against us twice.''

Boeheim scored 13 points - his previous high - in the Orange's 77-71 win at BC on Jan. 31.

Oshae Brissett chipped in with 12 for Syracuse (17-7, 8-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), which rebounded from an 18-point home loss Tuesday against No. 22 Florida State. Attendance at the Carrier Dome was announced as 26,011 - the largest in Division I this season.

Ky Bowman, who sat the first 5:03 of the game due to a violation of team rules, led the Eagles (11-11, 2-8) with 21 points.

Syracuse held the Eagles to 33 percent shooting from the field, including 7 of 23 from 3. The Orange blocked six shots and scored 25 points off 18 BC turnovers.

The Orange shot 42 percent from the field, including 7 of 18 from 3. Boeheim was 4 of 5 from beyond the arc.

The Orange built a 60-40 lead with 8:15 to go on a third-straight bucket by Battle, but the Eagles scored the next 14 points to close to 60-54 on a 3 by Bowman with 3:53 to go. Syracuse closed the game on seven foul shots for their final margin.

The Eagles had just one field goal after Bowman's 3 - a jumper by Chris Herren.

''I'm tired of falling behind by 20,'' Christian said. ''I'm more concerned about why we fall behind by 20 than why we come back.''

Boeheim came to Syracuse with a reputation as a deadly 3-point shooter. Things didn't start out well for the freshman. He hit just 11-of-46 3s in his 14 games. Not counting Tuesday's game against Florida State, when he went 0-for-6, Boeheim has hit 18 of 28 from beyond the arc in his last seven outings.

''It just helps playing with someone like Tyus,'' Buddy Boeheim said. ''They over help on him which they should because he's going to beat that first defender, and I'm usually open for the 3. They'll kick it out and I'll get a good look.''

Battle attacked the basket, opening things up for Boeheim.

''You have to do such a good job trying to keep Battle out of the lane that when you come to help he's (Boeheim) over there,'' Christian said. ''If you don't rotate quick enough he's going to make it.''

It was an offensively challenged first half for both teams. BC's first half total of 24 was their lowest of the season. The team's previous low was 25. BC missed their first 11 shots and didn't hit their first field goal until Bowman's jumper at 13:48. BC was just 8 of 26 from the floor and 1 of 9 from 3.

Christian didn't think his team was impacted by Bowman sitting on the bench.

''We played well at the beginning. We had four layups, some guys didn't hit shots,'' he said.

Bowman agreed.

''Our team did well playing without me. Staying together for those first five minutes was good for us.''

The Eagles trailed just 4-3 when he entered the game at 14:57.

BIG PICTURE:

BC: The Eagles are playing out the string although consecutive home games against Pitt and Miami give the Eagles some short-term hope.

Syracuse: Saturday's win was huge. Four of the team's final seven games are against ranked teams. Somehow, the Orange need to get to 20 wins for a reasonable shot at an NCAA Tournament bid. Elijah Hughes, who had another subpar game Saturday, Howard and Chukwu need to step up.

WHAT'S THE POINT?

Syracuse senior point guard Frank Howard had just three points on 1-of-9 shooting and one assist.

CENTER OF ATTENTION:

Orange center Paschal Chukwu was a non-factor, scoring just one point in 15 minutes. He did manage two blocks.

KEEPING TABBS:

The Eagles were without starting guard Wynston Tabbs for the sixth straight game and eighth overall. Out with a knee injury, Tabbs averages 13.9 points and 2.7 assists a game.

UP NEXT:

BC hosts Pitt on Tuesday.

The Orange has a tough road matchup Wednesday against North Carolina State.

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Key Players
K. Bowman
0 G
T. Battle
36.6 Min. Per Game 36.6
17.7 Pts. Per Game 17.7
2.5 Ast. Per Game 2.5
3.1 Reb. Per Game 3.1
44.1 Field Goal % 45.8
38.1 Three Point % 29.9
80.6 Free Throw % 77.9
  Shot clock violation turnover on Syracuse 2.0
  Defensive rebound by Oshae Brissett 29.0
  Ky Bowman missed 3-pt. jump shot 31.0
  Lost ball turnover on Oshae Brissett, stolen by Ky Bowman 38.0
  Defensive rebound by Syracuse 1:06
  Ky Bowman missed jump shot 1:08
+ 1 Buddy Boeheim made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:17
+ 1 Buddy Boeheim made 1st of 2 free throws 1:17
  Personal foul on Luka Kraljevic 1:17
  Turnover on Jordan Chatman 1:29
  Offensive foul on Jordan Chatman 1:29
Team Stats
Points 56 67
Field Goals 18-54 (33.3%) 22-52 (42.3%)
3-Pointers 7-23 (30.4%) 7-18 (38.9%)
Free Throws 13-19 (68.4%) 16-20 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 37 34
Offensive 10 9
Defensive 19 23
Team 8 2
Assists 12 10
Steals 4 12
Blocks 1 6
Turnovers 16 11
Fouls 20 16
Technicals 0 0
21 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
21 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Boston College 11-11 243256
home team logo Syracuse 17-7 313667
Team Stats
away team logo Boston College 11-11 70.8 PPG 39.5 RPG 12.3 APG
home team logo Syracuse 17-7 69.7 PPG 38.4 RPG 12.0 APG
Key Players
0
K. Bowman G 19.0 PPG 7.5 RPG 4.0 APG 40.4 FG%
25
T. Battle G 17.2 PPG 3.3 RPG 2.5 APG 43.1 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Bowman G 21 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
T. Battle G 21 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
33.3 FG% 42.3
30.4 3PT FG% 38.9
68.4 FT% 80.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Chatman 12 1 2 3/11 2/8 4/6 4 37 0 0 4 0 1
N. Popovic 10 5 2 3/10 0/1 4/4 1 19 0 0 2 2 3
Ja. Hamilton 2 0 1 1/4 0/2 0/0 1 28 0 0 0 0 0
C. Herren Jr. 2 3 1 1/4 0/2 0/0 0 16 1 0 1 1 2
S. Mitchell 1 7 1 0/3 0/1 1/2 2 24 1 1 2 4 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Chatman 12 1 2 3/11 2/8 4/6 4 37 0 0 4 0 1
N. Popovic 10 5 2 3/10 0/1 4/4 1 19 0 0 2 2 3
Ja. Hamilton 2 0 1 1/4 0/2 0/0 1 28 0 0 0 0 0
C. Herren Jr. 2 3 1 1/4 0/2 0/0 0 16 1 0 1 1 2
S. Mitchell 1 7 1 0/3 0/1 1/2 2 24 1 1 2 4 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Bowman 21 7 2 7/12 5/8 2/2 2 35 2 0 2 1 6
Ja. Hamilton 6 2 1 2/6 0/1 2/3 1 21 0 0 2 2 0
L. Kraljevic 2 2 2 1/3 0/0 0/0 5 9 0 0 1 0 2
J. Reyes 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/2 2 4 0 0 1 0 0
V. Baker Jr. 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 7 0 0 1 0 2
G. Gehan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Meznieks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. DiLuccio - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bohuny - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Holtze - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Jackowitz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Tabbs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 56 29 12 18/54 7/23 13/19 20 200 4 1 16 10 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Battle 21 4 1 8/13 0/2 5/7 0 36 3 0 2 0 4
O. Brissett 12 12 2 4/11 0/1 4/5 2 36 0 1 3 4 8
E. Hughes 7 5 2 3/7 1/4 0/0 3 38 2 1 1 0 5
F. Howard 3 1 1 1/9 1/4 0/0 1 21 0 0 0 0 1
P. Chukwu 1 3 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 1 15 0 2 1 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Battle 21 4 1 8/13 0/2 5/7 0 36 3 0 2 0 4
O. Brissett 12 12 2 4/11 0/1 4/5 2 36 0 1 3 4 8
E. Hughes 7 5 2 3/7 1/4 0/0 3 38 2 1 1 0 5
F. Howard 3 1 1 1/9 1/4 0/0 1 21 0 0 0 0 1
P. Chukwu 1 3 0 0/0 0/0 1/2 1 15 0 2 1 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Boeheim 16 2 1 4/7 4/5 4/4 3 23 3 0 0 0 2
M. Dolezaj 7 5 3 2/5 1/2 2/2 5 28 4 2 3 4 1
B. Sidibe 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Carey 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0
A. Autry - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Belbey - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Feldman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Featherston - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Braswell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Paul - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Balandi - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 67 32 10 22/52 7/18 16/20 16 200 12 6 11 9 23