Saturday, January 12, 2013

Cold Shooting Dooms Villanova at Syracuse

Today, Villanova got a Syracuse team that was beatable, and even held a lead going into the second half, but Syracuse started making shots that they had previously missed, began capitalizing on  Villanova's mistakes, and then once the crowd got into the game, Syracuse started getting calls that they hadn't been previously. In the end, it was a 72-61 game. Overall, I can't be that upset, because while I thought that Villanova had it in them to win this game, which was demonstrated on the court, I did not expect them to actually win the game.Syracuse was also held below their scoring average for the season, while Villanova scored more points than the average Syracuse opponent normally scores.

For the good guys, JayVaughn Pinkston led the way with 12 points on 3 of 9 shooting, and Mouphtaou Yarou had his second consecutive double-double, finishing with 11 points and 14 rebounds. For Syracuse, CJ Fair had 22 points, basically single-handedly turning the tide of the game by scoring 11 of his team's first 15 points in the second half. Villanova also got unlucky in the sense that Syracuse shot significantly better than par from the free throw line, and they actually wound up shooting fewer free throws than their opponent for what seems like the first time this season.

It's a bummer to lose such a game, but there are winnable games coming up, the first of which is this coming Wednesday against Pitt at the Pavilion.

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