Syracuse drops heavily favored home matchup with Georgia Tech, loses first ACC game

Jim Boeheim sits on the bench in disbelief as Georgia Tech dropped the Orange from the Carrier Dome Saturday night. (PHOTO: ESPN2)

The 2018-19 version of the Syracuse Orange are similar to Jekyll and Hyde.

It's an unpredictable team, winning road games at Ohio State and Notre Dame, respectively, then losing a home game to Georgia Tech -- by double digits.

Saturday night's loss to the Yellow Jackets was one nobody saw coming, especially as the Orange were favored by 9.5 points.

Syracuse also carried a four-game win streak into the game, taking down previous ACC foes Notre Dame and Clemson prior to Saturday's contest.

However, none of that mattered in the end.

The Orange seemed to keep pace in the first half, only trailing by a single point at the halftime buzzer due to a late free throw.

Syracuse was well within striking distance, but that's when it was not.

In the blink of an eye, or at least close to it, the Orange went from trailing by a single point, to looking up at a double-digit deficit.

Four of Georgia Tech's starters scored in double figures, led by Jose Alvarado's 19 points.

It was a second half run that sucked the life out of the Orange, and the crowd, for that matter.

Buddy Boeheim attempted to lift the crowd, sinking back-to-back three-pointers to bring the fans to their feet.

However, that only cut the deficit to 10, which at that point was simply too much to overcome.

The 73-59 loss dropped Syracuse to 11-5 overall and 2-1 in ACC play, as a road trip to No. 1 Duke awaits Monday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

"I thought Georgia Tech's defense was just too difficult for us tonight," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim articulated after the loss. "We obviously settled for too many threes. Again, we have not shot the ball to the level we need to, to be successful. It's difficult for us to score inside. I thought we got good looks from three, but when you're not making them it's not very pretty. The game turned on two or three bad offensive possessions that they got out on and got two open threes on. I thought we fought back as well as we could. We did a good job in the press, but we're really not able to press for that well and that long."

Syracuse shot 31 percent from the field, while Georgia Tech converted on a sizzling 59 percent.

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