Syracuse basketball is facing one of the nation's top teams in sixth ranked Duke on Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
FINAL SCORE: Duke 79 Syracuse 59
20:00: Syracuse wins the tip, but two turnovers on its first two possessions. AJ Griffin hits two threes on Duke's first two possessions. Bad start on both ends.
17:39: Syracuse's first shot attempt was a rushed three that missed for Buddy Boeheim, Mark Williams scores easily inside at the other end. Girard stops the run with a floater in the lane. 8-2 Duke.
16:38: Duke's defense is bothering Syracuse quite a bit. Four turnovers in the first 3:22 of game action. Syracuse trailing 11-2.
15:17: Needed bucket for Syracuse. Jimmy drives, draws the defense, misses a floater but that leaves Edwards there for an easy put back dunk. Syracuse followed that up with a strong defensive possession. Rotated well, closed out on shooters, forced a shot clock violation. 11-4 Duke.
11:38: A couple of sloppy turnovers from Syracuse has prevented the Orange from getting back in it. Joe Girard has missed a couple open looks as well. Symir Torrence has come into the game for Girard. Torrence drives and scores right away. 16-8 Duke.
9:00: Torrence has made a difference on both ends. Syracuse with a quick 7-0 run to trim the lead to 16-13. Syracuse has also had three or four shots go halfway down and rim out.
6:57: After Syracuse trimmed the line to one, Duke has made back to back buckets going inside to take a 20-15 lead. The Orange has missed a couple of open shots as well. Still, nice effort from Syracuse to get back into it. The three guard lineup is getting Syracuse some good looks in the half court.
6:00: Edwards is out with two fouls and Anselem is back in. Anselem promptly travels and Duke hits a three on the other end. Girard answers with a three to stop an 8-0 Blue Devils run. 24-18 Duke.
5:00: AJ Griffin is 4-6 from beyond the arc. Getting really good looks. Syracuse has to identify him. Anselem with a put back dunk to trim the lead to seven.
4:00: Syracuse is 2-13 from three. Duke is 6-14. That is the difference. Syracuse trails 30-20. It is only that close because Duke has turned it over nine times.
1:26: A couple more missed shots from Syracuse as the Orange has an off lineup in with Torrence, Girard, Benny Williams, Jimmy and Anselem. Duke leads 34-22.
HALFTIME: Duke 36 Syracuse 22. So many missed shots by Syracuse. The Orange is just 2-16 from three and shot just 26.5% for the half. Duke shot 48% overall and 47% from three.
Halftime: Syracuse is getting good looks for the most part, but shots are not falling. Buddy and Jimmy are a combined 1-13 from the field. Buddy and Joe are a combined 1-12 from three. Syracuse has to start making open shots. The Orange needs Jesse in the second half as well. The middle was much more available for Duke with him out. More minutes from Symir would be good as well. He gave Syracuse 12 solid first half minutes.
18:20: Duke misses its first four shots of the second half including a couple of threes. Syracuse not making them pay either as the Orange has missed its first couple.
16:10: Swider has hit a couple of shots and Jimmy has made a three, but Duke is not missing. Blue Devils lead 45-29.
14:56: Buddy and Joe missed good looks at three and Mark Williams gets an easy dunk at the other end. This one is getting out of hand. Duke leads 47-29.
11:35: This game has gotten out of hand. Duke is hitting three after three and Syracuse cannot buy a bucket. Duke leads 60-35.
8:00: It has gone from bad to worse for Syracuse. Duke with a 7-0 run to push the lead to 69-39.
3:55: More of the same. Syracuse is still playing hard but it's just not a competitive game. Duke 77 Syracuse 48
FINAL: Duke 79 Syracuse 59
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