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Superlatives from Syracuse’s season-opening 48-34 loss to No. 11 Virginia

Syracuse (0-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) lost 48-34 to Virginia (1-0, 1-0) in its worst offensive performance in the Jim Boeheim era. The Orange started slow in the first half, but timely offense allowed them to pull the game close at halftime of the low-scoring matchup. In the second half, Syracuse’s offense fell silent again. And the Orange never recovered.

Here are some superlatives from the game.

Stud: Elijah Hughes

In a game with limited offense, Hughes still managed a solid performance. He scored 14 points and was the Orange’s only consistent force on the offensive end. He drew fouls, hit 3-pointers and opened up lanes for his teammates by breaking down defenses on the perimeter.

Hughes had a poor shooting performance, but was the only Syracuse player who consistently found his own shot. If someone has to emerge as the best SU player Wednesday, it’s Hughes.

Dud: Bourama Sidibe

Sidibe, as expected from Jim Boeheim’s previous lineups, comments and rotations, earned the start Wednesday night. In a game that packed a lot of size in the interior, Sidibe was no outlier: he disturbed layups early in the half on high-low drives from the free throw line and scored Syracuse’s first points of its young season.

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