Red hot shooting propels Syracuse to 81-63 win over Boston College

The Syracuse bench celebrates a Paschal Chukwu dunk in the second half en route to the 81-63 win over Boston College. (PHOTO: ESPNU)

Tyus Battle's game-high 24 points guided the Orange to a much-needed victory from the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night.

The win moves Syracuse to 14-6 overall and 3-4 in the ACC.

Trailing early, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim used a timeout after the Eagles went 4-for-4 from beyond the three-point line, jumping out to the 14-7 lead.

From there, however, the Orange made a comeback.

Oshae Brissett sparked the Orange with a flurry of jump shots to take back the lead.

That's when Frank Howard took over.

Howard, the junior point guard, poured in 18 points in the winning effort.

Syracuse led by 10 points at halftime, and added to it in the second half.

The Orange led by as many as 18 points in the second half, cruising to the 81-63 win.

"I thought the difference in this game was our offense," Boeheim said during his post game press conference. "We moved the ball. We obviously made shots in the first half. We had good movement. In the second half, we didn't make some outside shots, but we got to the basket. I thought we got the ball inside. Marek [Dolezaj] made a couple of nice drives. We got the ball to Paschal [Chukwu] a couple of times inside. I thought that was good.

"We worked all week on making sure we guarded the three, and we gave them four straight threes to start the game and that's just not good basketball. It's just not the way you're going to win games. When you focus on one thing for two or three days, you should do better. After that start, they shot 7-for-19 from three, which we can live with."

Syracuse will visit Pittsburgh on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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