After Elijah Hughes drained a 3-pointer over Virginia’s Kihei Clark, Hughes peered down Clark’s drifting eyes and allowed the point guard to collide with his chest.
It was early in the second half and, amid SU’s worst offensive performance since 1945 — an eventual 48-34 loss — the severity of Syracuse’s then-eight point deficit felt minimal. The Carrier Dome crowd erupted as Hughes continued to stare down at Clark, nine inches shorter.
“We had some open ones that we make in practice,” Hughes said.
No matter how close the score, what extent the deficit, a token 3-pointer from an SU team that said it would take a lot of them seemed like it always inched the Orange (0-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) closer. The Orange held true to their preseason promise to utilize its weapons behind the arc and fired 29 shots behind the arc. But the Orange’s inability to create any alternate offense to the 3-point shot created a one-dimensional look and sunk their 3-point percentage below 20% as No. 11 Virginia (1-0, 1-0) tightened its defense.
“The thing we kind of relied on in preseason and practice was shooting,” Joe Girard III said, “and that’s kind of what hurt us today.”
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