Syracuse, NY — The Syracuse basketball team takes on the Cornell Big Red at 3 pm Saturday in the JMA Wireless Dome.
The game will air on ACC Network.
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Final: Syracuse 78, Cornell 63
Syracuse basketball retrieved a double-digit deficit, then easily cleared the Cornell Big Red in the second half for a fifth-straight victory.
Center Jesse Edwards finished with another double-double (11 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks), playing with his nose plugged with cotton after getting a stubborn nosebleed.
Edwards was one of five players to hit double figures. Joe Girard fueled the Orange late in the first half as it erased an 11-point deficit to knot the score at 37-37 by halftime. He finished with a game-high 19 points and dished out the pass of the day on a long lob to Judah Mintz for a highlight slam.
Cornell entered the game with a reputation of launching 3s and it did not disappoint. It attempted a program-record 48 3-pointers, but it went ice cold for most of the game. The Big Red finished 13-for-48 (27%).
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Bell lobs one up to Edwards, who is up to nine points and 11 rebounds to go with four blocks — despite missing a chunk of timing dealing with a nosebleed.
3:33 remaining: Syracuse 70, Cornell 58
Guy Ragland Jr. hits a 3 to cut the Cornell deficit to 11. Ragland had missed his first eight shots.
Mintz hits the floater, before Keller Boothby hits a corner 3. Cornell had gone ice cold for most of the game, but the Big Red will keep shooting it.
Copeland throws it away, a bit too long for Torrence, and Girard is summoned back into the game.
5:28 remaining: Syracuse 66, Cornell 52
Joe Girard is favoring his hand after it appears to get jammed going for a loose ball into a defender.
Cornell is missing a ton of shots before Manon hits a straightaway 3. The Big had missed 21 of his last 22 shots before that 3.
Edwards swats away a shot with a swab of cotton plugged into his nose.
Mintz, Torrence, Copeland, Williams and Edwards on the floor for the Orange here late in the second half.
Boeheim calls timeout after Mintz throws away a lob for Edwards.
7:48 remaining: Syracuse 65, Cornell 45
Another mid-range jumper by Williams, who is up to nine points.
Jesse Edwards checks back in with 10:58 remaining in the second half.
Mintz comes up with another steal. He’s help limit Dolan to just four shots this afternoon.
Nice entry pass by Williams to Edwards, who turns and finishes with the dunk. Jesse then finishes the lob with another dunk.
Cornell, which started so promising from distance, is 9-for-36 from 3.
The Orange, which did not lead in the first half, has opened up an 18-point lead with less than 9 minutes to play in regulation.
11:52 remaining: Syracuse 57, Cornell 43
Cornell is 9-for-28 from 3 this afternoon; Syracuse is 6-for-14. Syracuse closed the rebounding gap in the early moments of the second half.
Bell is called for the offensive foul attacking the basket off the ball fake.
Girard draws a foul and sinks both free throws. He’s up to 19 points.
Mintz steps in front of a pass to start the break. SU, leading by six, gets a 3 from Bell.
Bell has nine points and three rebounds, a nice response from the freshman after getting called out by Boeheim postgame on Monday night.
The Big Red has gone cold from the outside. Multiple looks from deep miss. Brown swats away a shot down low after yet another offensive rebound.
Highlight: Girard steps in front of a pass and then lofts a high lob to Mintz who climbs up and slams it home in transition.
Jesse Edwards has been taken to the locker room. He had been holding a towel to his nose.
15:37 remaining: Syracuse 47, Cornell 43
A layup by Bell and two free throws by Girard gave SU a four-point lead.
Cornell’s Nazir Williams cans a 3 from the right wing.
Jesse Edwards gets the ball in the paint and he hits a soft hook shot.
Benny Williams banks in a short-range jump shot, but a quick 3 by Williams keeps the Big Red within two.
Halftime: Cornell 37, Syracuse 37
Syracuse fell behind by as many as 11 in the first half before closing strong and playing the Big Red to a 37-37 tie at halftime.
In a twist, the Big Red has outplayed the Orange on the glass, enjoying a 24-15 advantage that has led to 12 second-chance points.
Syracuse guard Joe Girard sparked a comeback, dropping a game-high 15 points in the first half.
34.1 remaining: Cornell 37, Syracuse 36
Mintz breaks the pressure himself and goes coast to coast for the layup, plus the foul.
Cornell turns it over and Mintz goes back to work with the ball. He leans into a defender and initiates contact before banking in a short jumper.
Isaiah Gray counters with a 3 to push the lead back up to seven.
Chris Bell hits a contested 3 on the right wing, then Bell forces another Cornell turnover.
The Big Red has cashed in 10 second-chance points.
Girard is up to a game-high 15 points. He’s 5-for-8 from the field, including 3-for-5 from 3.
3:42 remaining: Cornell 32, Syracuse 23
Girard looks to dish to Edwards, but it is covered. So the SU guard steps under a defender and lofts in a short shot.
Edwards has just one point and three boards, but his effort there draws a foul and winds up with a layup by Maliq Brown.
Girard hits a 3 over Manon, and the Cornell lead is down to four.
Nice ball-fake by Manon as Edwards closes out. Nobody steps in front and it’s an easy layup.
The pace quickens with a couple of rushed possessions for SU results in no points.
Cornell gets another layup.
A deep 3 by Nazir Williams pushes the lead back to nine.
8:45 remaining: Cornell 25, Syracuse 14
Tough shot by Girard with the shot clock winding down. SU starting to challenge Cornell’s perimeter shooters a bit better here. Mounir Hima closes out on an open look by Manon, who misses everything.
Symir Torrence hits a 3 with the shot clock expiring. Cornell answered with another 3 on yet another second-chance shot.
The lead is now 11.
11:33 remaining: Cornell 20, Syracuse 11
A goaltending call on Edwards on the lob to Hansen. SU is starting to play up to guard the Cornell shooters, opening up the lob underneath.
Edwards has trouble with the catch and he turns it over.
SU has four turnovers already, and the Big Red has a slight advantage on the glass. Cornell has eight assists on eight field goals, sharing the ball well early on.
12:53 remaining: Cornell 18, Syracuse 11
Justin Taylor in for Bell. Cornell comes up empty at the free-throw line, but Chris Manon gets a layup after SU turns it over off the defensive rebound.
Mintz turns it over driving to the hoop out of control. Gray gets a fastbreak layup.
Benny Williams hits a 3 from the top of the arc to cut the deficit to five.
Sean Hansen, with Taylor late to close out, hits a wing 3 with the shot clock expiring.
Cornell is 4-for-7 from 3 as we approach the midway point in the first half.
15:31 remaining: Cornell 11, Syracuse 7
Nazir Williams hits the first 3 for Cornell before Joe Girard ducks under a defender and knocks down a jump shot.
Another 3 by Cornell, this one from straight on by Isaiah Gray (who is sporting a nice red headband).
The Big Red is shooting it well early. Greg Dolan knocks down a 3 on a second-chance opportunity. Cornell leads: 11-4.
Girard answered with a 3 at the other end.
Despite entertaining the thought of a lineup change, Jim Boeheim sticks with his usual starting five:
G Joe Girard
G Judah Mintz
F Chris Bell
F Benny Williams
C Jesse Edwards
Syracuse hasn’t lost to Cornell in 54 years, but the Big Red can play.
The Ivy League school took two ACC teams down to the wire earlier this season, falling to Boston College and Miami (Fla.) by a combined four points.
Brian Earl’s team plays with pace and will try to speed up the Orange. Greg Dolan leads the Big Red in scoring (13.9 points per game) and assists (4.3 per game). He is also second on the team in both rebounds (4.6) and steals (15 on the season).
Syracuse is looking for its fifth-straight win in what is its final non-conference game of the regular season. The Orange dives into ACC play full time on Tuesday against Pittsburgh in the JMA Dome.
The game will be played with a somber backdrop, as former SU great Louis Orr died two days ago. Orr, 64, had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
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