MBB : Last time they played: Ohio State 79, Syracuse 65

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 23, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Thad Matta briefly panicked.The Ohio State head coach watched helplessly as Donte Greene banked in a 3 to give Syracuse a lead three minutes into the game.‘I thought, ‘My Gosh, we’re in for a long night,’ Matta said to The Daily Orange.But the Buckeyes bounced back. That was the first and last 3 the Orange hit in the first half. No. 17 Syracuse floundered on the offensive and defensive ends of the court on Nov. 11, 2007 as OSU upended the inexperienced Orange 79-65 in the semifinals of the NIT Tipoff tournament at Madison Square Garden.SU made 20 percent of its attempts from long range and shot just 36.2 percent from the field. In its previous three games, Syracuse connected on 46.7 percent of its shots.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I think a couple of our young guys tried to do a little too much,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘I think this was a learning experience coming down here, that we got a lot of things to learn about our team.’Point guard Jonny Flynn accounted for five of SU’s 20 missed 3-pointers and finished without scoring a point. He provided just two assists while turning the ball over three times.  The Buckeyes, however, were able to penetrate throughout the game, finishing with 32 points in the paint. Freshman center Kosta Koufos led all scorers with 24 points.The Orange switched back and forth between zone and man-to-man defense, but failed to find consistent success.‘We’re playing both defenses because neither one is that good really,’ Boeheim said. ‘We started out in zone and we were just didn’t get really any coverage at all and they made a couple 3’s … and then our man was at best, spotty.’The Orange had chances to regain momentum in the second half. But Flynn and Greene both missed outside attempts with a chance to tie the game.‘You get the wide open shots. You get the silly, cheap turnovers,’ Flynn said. ‘I let my team down today.’While SU missed its open shots in the second half, the Buckeyes connected. OSU canned five consecutive treys in six minutes to extend its lead to 15 with nearly seven minutes left.Jamar Butler capped the run with one of his four 3s for Ohio State. The Buckeyes made 9-of-11 attempts from downtown for the game.Greene finished with a team-high 21 points while Eric Devendorf, Arinze Onuaku and Paul Harris tallied 10-plus points apiece.But it wasn’t enough for the Orange as the Buckeyes handed SU a 14-point loss.‘I think we were just a little too impatient,’ Boeheim said. ‘I think when we were patient we got the ball inside just fine. … When we were patient we got some pretty good looks, and we got some good looks from the 3-point line that I would take, we just didn’t knock them down.’-Compiled by Stephen Bailey, asst. copy editor, [email protected]last_img read more