Syracuse, NY – The 2019-20 season began with a thud for the Syracuse basketball team.
Or was that a clink? Like the sound of a shot from the edge.
Syracuse opened the season on Wednesday night against defending national winner Virginia Cavaliers and her vaunted defensive line.
Virginia's defense closed the Orange in full as Syracuse 48 fell -34 in its first regular-season game in front of 22,51
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Syracuse's 34 points were the lowest value in the 40-year history of the Carrier Dome and the lowest of all Syracuse teams since a 49-28 loss to Sampson Navy in 1945.
Virginia Andre Hunter, Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome all left school early – but the Cavaliers harassed the defense the same.
The Cavs held Syracuse at only 13-for-54 (24 percent) who shot off the ground.
Syracuse is expected to rely heavily on the 3-point shot this season, but Orange could not find the reach against Virginia. Syracuse made only five of his 28 attempts from outside the arch.
Elijah Hughes led Syracuse with 14 points, but the younger striker also fought. Of his 14 field goal attempts, he made only four.
The All-ACC season opener had sparked great anticipation. The game brought out the two biggest players in the history of Syracuse: Dave Bing, a Hall of Famer, and Carmelo Anthony, who led SU to his only NCAA title, were both involved.
But the season against a team like Virginia turned out to be too much for the young and inexperienced Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim.
Syracuse lost four starters last year. This year's Orange squad contains no seniors, one returning starter and five newcomers.
Virginia enters the season in 11th place in the country.
Syracuse had not opened the season against a high-ranking opponent since he was ranked 20 in San Diego State in the USS Midway at the start of the 2012-13 season.
Both teams struggled to score in the first half. Syracuse was halfway between 25 and 19 back.
The Orange's 19 points tied the all-time low for points in the first half of a game in the Carrier Dome, which had been placed three times. The last one was against Louisville in 2013.
Syracuse scored the first goal in less than two minutes in a Bourama Sidibe effort, Virginia holding the Orange goalless for the next nine minutes.
The Cavaliers failed In the attack Hughes was able to extend the lead to 13: 2, before he met with a 3-7 draw to SU's 9-7 final score.
Syracuse's defense held up well, restricting Virginia to 1: 24 shooting the field and only 2-for-14 accuracy on 3-pointers.
Syracuse fought even more and made only seven of his 27 shots in the first half.
The second half was even worse than Orange's only 15 points after the break.
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