The Orange must find a way to spread the offense out and open up lanes to drive so they're not chucking up a bunch of threes all afternoon. Fact is: the Orange starters have been playing far too many minutes lately with many playing close to 40 minutes a night because coach Jim Boeheim is scared the offense will struggle, and he may be right, but letting the starters play too much tires them and thus creates shorter shots, so they really do need some rest.
In the first 90 seconds of overtime, Syracuse took control with back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers from Elijah Hughes, Joe Girard and Buddy Boeheim. Their first matchup served as both teams' season opener back at the start of November, which will now feel an eternity ago to both teams. The Orange found themselves in a unsafe position as Dolezaj and Sidibe faced foul trouble with four each, allowing Virginia to turn on the jets and jump on an 8-0 run to go ahead 31-30 close to the 14-minute mark.
Syracuse is coming off a pair of tough home losses against Notre Dame (88-87) on Saturday and Virginia Tech (67-63) three days later. But then he drained a 3-pointer, putting Syracuse ahead 43-41.
For the Cavaliers, the 5-foot-9 Clark had a career-high 11 rebounds, 10 points and seven assists in the win at Syracuse.
Sidibe committed his fifth foul with 6:11 on the clock, forcing him out of the game.
The Syracuse Orange basketball team travels to Charlottesville Saturday for a rematch with the Virginia Cavaliers. Hopefully the Orange second unit proves to coach Boeheim they deserve the minutes because having them play more would be huge in ACC play. Virginia had a 31-30 lead before SU's two starting big men could get back in the game.
Junior forward Jay Huff got the Cavaliers on the board first, continuing to lead the team throughout the game and finishing the day with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
A Clark turnover led to a runout that ended with a Buddy Boeheim three, and it was 52-45 'Cuse on the 9-0 run. The two teams then failed to score for the next four minutes.
Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. and the game will be on ESPN.
The Cavaliers are 2-6 ATS in their last eight home games.
Hughes missed a jump shot and Siracuse held the ball in the offensive line of Marek Dolezaj.
Syracuse hit its first four shots in the extra period, the first three from 3-point territory, and scored 20 points in the period after managing just 19 in the second half. After a timeout, Hughes missed a 3-pointer with 33 seconds left.
Virginia scored first with a Huff layup. Tied at 43 and with under a minute remaining in regulation, each team took shots from behind the arc, but as neither found netting, the game headed into overtime.
Syracuse's next game is on Tuesday against Boston College at the Carrier Dome.