Syracuse uses Bourama Sidibe's huge lift to keep Pittsburgh winless in ACC
Bourama Sidibe's huge lift off the bench pushed Syracuse over Pittsburgh on Saturday evening from the Petersen Events Center.
Sidibe has played sparingly in recent weeks, suffering from tendenitis in his left knee.
But during Saturday's game, Jim Boeheim looked to Sidibe after Paschal Chukwu, from Boeheim's perspective, under performed against the Panthers.
The move proved to be key, as Sidibe poured in a team-high 18 points to go with 16 rebounds. Additionally, he recorded three blocks.
Pittsburgh started off red hot thanks to Jared Wilson-Frame scoring 12 of the team's first 14 points.
However, after that, the Orange got going due in large part to Tyus Battle's scoring.
Battle tallied nine points at the half, guiding the Orange to a 22-20 halftime lead.
The seesaw battle continued in the second half, but the Orange was able to pull away thanks to Sidibe's efforts off the bench.
Saturday's 60-55 win was the Orange's third straight, improving to 4-4 in ACC play, and 15-6 overall.
Boeheim admitted Sidibe's performance was the difference in the game.
"Bourama [Sidibe] was tremendous. He's been getting better in practice, healthier, he had his best practice of the year this week," Boeheim said. "I didn't anticipate him playing that much, but Paschal [Chukwu] was not involved in the game at all. He wasn't doing what he's been doing, catching the ball and going up strong. He was looking. But Bourama was tremendous. I still think if he had been healthy all year, he could do this on a regular basis. He's a very good player down there.
"I thought he was tremendous today," Boeheim continued, "he was the difference in the game."
Syracuse will look to continue its momentum in another road matchup, Wednesday night at 8 p.m., when it visits Georgia Tech.