SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim breathed a sigh of relief. Five days after his Orange’s biggest win of the season, there was no letdown.
Tyus Battle scored 22 points, Boeheim’s son Buddy had a season-high 13 points, and Syracuse beat Pittsburgh 74-63 on Saturday, the Orange’s zone defense thwarting the youthful Panthers from exerting their strong point, converting tough drives to the basket.
“We battled hard. They’re a tough, physical team,” the Hall of Fame coach said. “It was a good, solid win. There’s nothing easy.”
Syracuse (13-5, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) rebounded from a bad home loss to Georgia Tech a week ago to beat undermanned No. 1 Duke in overtime on the road Monday night. The Orange throttled the Panthers with a 22-4 surge in a span of just over seven minutes in the second half to take command.
Pittsburgh (12-6, 2-3) shot just 33.8 percent for the game, not far off its season low, and attempted a season-high 35 3-pointers. That’s not their game.