By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Syracuse Orange won their First Four game. The Orange defeated the Arizona State Sun Devils, 60-56, on Wednesday night at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio.
The Orange, who advances in the NCAA Tournament in the battle of No. 11 seeded teams, improved to 21-13 on the season. Syracuse will now face No. 6 TCU Horned Frogs on Friday night at 9:40 pm EST at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Mich.
Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim improved to 58-31 in his NCAA Tournament career.
Arizona State ended their season with a 20-12 record.
The Sun Devils struggled with the Orange’s 2-3 zone. They had very little offense besides their four players, who scored in double-figures.
Arizona State, who barely got into the NCAA Tournament, was averaging 88 points coming into the game. They struggled, as they went 11 of 32 from the three-point line, as well as 3 of 10 from the free throw line.
The Orange, who was criticized for making the tournament, trailed 49-42 with 7:04 left in the game. They went on an 8-0 run to take the lead.
Late in the contest, with Syracuse leading by two points, Shannon Evans II missed a three-pointer from the corner.
The Orange got the rebound, then Frank Howard closed out the game at the free throw line.
Oshae Brissett led the Orange with 23 points. He also had 12 rebounds, two assists, and one steal.
Brissett was one of three Syracuse players, who scored in double-figures. Tyus Battle scored 15 points, while Howard contributed 12 points.
The Orange had zero bench points. In fact, they only had 11 bench minutes from Matthew Moyer and Bourama Sidibe.
Kodi Justice led the Sun Devils with 15 points. He also had two rebounds, five assists, and one steal.
Justice was one of four Arizona State players, who scored in double-figures. Evans II had 14 points, while Tra Holder added 11 points, and Mickey Mitchell contributed 10 points.
The Sun Devils had 12 bench points. Mitchell led the bench with 10 points.