The Syracuse Orange continue to take care of home court, winning their 38th game in a row inside the walls of the Carrier Dome.
Syracuse's 84-59 defeat of the Providence Friars resulted in number 38, and also brings the Orange to a 16-0 home record this season alone.
This was the second time the Orange and the Friars met this season, their final season facing off as in-conference opponents inside the Big East.
In the previous match-up, Syracuse made all of their final 10 free throws to come out the victor in a close contest, 72-66, inside the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
The contest inside the Dome was anything but close. Providence's largest lead of the game would be by a point, something they attained twice early on in the game. Friars' junior forward Kadeem Batts made a layup to put the team up 6-5 on Syracuse. Later on, senior guard Vincent Council's layup brought the Friars above the Orange 8-7.
From 15:31 remaining in the first half through to the end of the game, Providence would never lead again, going over 35 minutes without the advantage.
Two ties in the first half are as close as the Friars would get.
When asked about the second and final tie at 12-12, Boeheim stated, "“We had real good patience on offense a couple possessions and made a couple. They had one or two good looks that they missed and we took it right down and scored. We got a couple transition baskets. Brandon [Triche] hit a three in the corner. Then, James [Southerland] hit a couple. Trevor [Cooney] made a couple real good shots. He got penetration."
With time ticking away in the opening half, Syracuse only got better, reaching a double-digit lead and then turning it into a more than 20-point advantage.
At the break, the Orange led by 27, 43-16.
Both teams had taken the same amount of shots in the first half (27), but they could not have looked more different. Syracuse shot 17-of-27, while Providence went 8-for-27.
“We had a tremendous offensive first half,” said Orange head coach Jim Boeheim. “We really controlled the basketball. We were patient, we moved the ball, and we made shots. And when we make shots, we’re tough. That’s when we’re at our best obviously.”
They each attempted six shots from beyond the arc, with the Orange connecting four times and the Friars making none.
Another positive for Syracuse was that they did not allow a single free throw attempt to Providence.
At their own charity stripe, the Orange made five of seven in the first half.
Coming out of the break, Providence got Syracuse's lead down to 18, but the game was out of reach the entire latter half.
The Orange ended the match 25 points ahead of the Friars.
Syracuse's final points would come from junior forward Noel Jones. The team's last score would be his first-ever score in his collegiate career as he connected on a layup.
Jones was one of 13 total players to get in the game for the Orange as Boeheim cleared his bench.
As a team, Syracuse would make 13 of 26 in the second half to go with their 17 scores on 27 tries in the first half, putting the ball in the basket on 30 of their 53 total attempts, good for 56.6% of the time.
Providence would take 12 more attempts in the second half and make seven more shots than they did in the first half to close the game with 23 makes on 66 attempts, meaning that 34.8% of their tries would through the cylinder.
From distance, the Orange would go 1-for-4 in the second half, making 5-for-10, or 50%, overall. The Friars would not make their first three until their top shooter from deep, junior guard Bryce Cotton, connected with 17:53 remaining in the game. Providence would make a mere three of their 18 attempts from beyond the arc (16.7%).
“Second half, it was just treading water, basically," Boeheim shared, in reference to less attempts going through the cylinder in the latter half.
Both squads had four players who attained double-figures. Syracuse forwards, junior C.J. Fair and senior James Southerland, tied to lead all scorers, with 20 points apiece.
Council and sophomore forward LaDontae Henton resided atop all Providence players, both scoring 15 points.
On the glass, the Orange edged the Friars in total rebounds, 39 to 35. A total of 31 of Syracuse's 39 rebounds came on the defensive end. Their lost to Providence on the offensive glass, grabbing eight rebounds to Providence's 16.
Fair led the team in total rebounds, with 10, all coming on the defensive glass.
Henton ended the match atop all players in total rebounds, with 13.
Syracuse sophomore guard Michael Carter-Williams was the best when it came to finding teammates at the right time, amounting 12 assists. He had equaled his average per game amount of helpers in the first half alone, with eight at the break.
"He got some people open," Boeheim remarked. "He got some penetration, got guys open. We got some transition baskets which we haven't been getting, and a lot of his assists came in transition. And, guys made shots when he got 'em the ball. He played very well. He played a really good basketball game."
The Orange had 18 assists in total to the Friars' 11. Council, who came in averaging a little more than seven assists per game, had seven assists to end the contest.
Defensively, Syracuse would block seven of Providence's attempts to Providence's three knockaways on Syracuse. Orange sophomore forward Rakeem Christmas led all players with three blocks. Including Christmas, four players on the Orange roster blocked multiple shots.
Keeping with the defense, both teams stole the ball on eight occasions.
The Orange lost the turnover contest, 15 to 14, after committing 12 of their 15 turnovers in the second half.
Syracuse's win elevates them to 22-4 overall and 10-3 in the Big East, while Providence falls to a 14-12 overall record and 6-8 in the conference.
Looking ahead, one a couple days separate the Orange from their next opponent, long-standing rival, the Georgetown Hoyas.
The Hoyas will enter the Dome as Big East foe to the Orange for the last time.
On the line will be first place in the Big East when those who histories intertwine will take the court on Saturday, February 23rd, at 4pm ET in front of a crowd of 35,012, a new NCAA on-campus record for a basketball game.