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Five takeaways: 79 Syracuse 65 Boston College

The Syracuse basketball beat Boston College 79-65 Saturday at the JMA Wireless Dome. Here are five takeaways from victory.

1.Benny Williams

This was a very encouraging performance from Benny Williams. He finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Williams was energetic, active and aggressive on both ends of the floor. That’s what Williams needs to be night after night. Not necessarily from a goal-scoring perspective, but he can influence play on the boards and on defense whether he scores or not. It’s also encouraging to see his shot improving. He’s getting more arcs on his knight and he seems a lot more confident. All good signs. The key to progress is maintaining that level of effort and aggressiveness.

2. Jesse Edwards

Edwards continues to struggle with nasty troubles. He was limited to 25 minutes that game after picking up cheap fouls. When he’s in there, he has a huge impact on the game. Edwards scored 10 points in those 25 minutes and grabbed eight rebounds. He needs to get better at limiting fouls because as the competition keeps getting better, Syracuse needs him on the ground.

3.JustinTaylor

Taylor played 19 minutes and only managed two shots, but they were extremely important shots. With the game closed in the second half, Taylor hit two big shots to put Syracuse back in front and then put some distance away from Boston College. Taylor can really shoot and that shooting ability will be important as the season progresses. The minutes can be up and down depending on the matchup, but it’s clear Taylor has a tremendous future. He’s also physical and ready to crash the boards. If he finds it easier to put the ball on the ground and attack the basket, then he becomes a really good player for Syracuse.

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4. rebound

Once again, Syracuse struggled to give up offensive rebounds. Boston College didn’t shoot very well, only making 40% of their shots and 33% of their three-pointers. However, the Eagles recorded 13 offensive rebounds that resulted in 13 second-chance points. Nine of those offensive boards and all 13 second-chance points came in the second half. This allowed BC to get back in the game and stay close to the orange for a while. Against better teams, Syracuse would have really hurt. A better effort on the boards would have ended the game much sooner. Still an area of ​​concern.

5. Still a lot to improve

There are some very positive moments against Boston College. The important thing was to achieve victory. Then the strong performance from Benny Williams, Judah Mintz with seven assists, Mounir Hima with four blocks, Justin Taylor with clutch hits, strong defensive runs, etc. However, there was also a lot of sloppy play by both sides. I think the keys to Syracuse’s advancement are twofold. First, Orange must be intense and aggressive on defense for 40 minutes. Syracuse has the potential to be really, really good there. Second, being better on the defensive glass to limit teams to one-ball possession. Syracuse can beat many teams with more consistency in these areas.

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