Atlanta — Elijah Hughes and Buddy Boeheim both established new career highs, and Syracuse rolled past Georgia Tech for a 97-63 win here at McCamish Pavilion on Saturday.
Hughes scored 33 points, 26 of them in the first half, while Boeheim finished with 26 points. The sophomore guard had a 20-point second half.
Hughes became just the third Syracuse player to score 30 or more points in a true road game in the past three seasons, joining Tyus Battle (at Boston College, Duke and Florida State) and John Gillon (at North Carolina State).
Only Battle’s game at BC was accomplished in regulation as Hughes did on Saturday.
The 34-point spread was the largest margin of victory for Syracuse over an ACC opponent since the Orange joined the conference in the 2013-14 season. The Orange had two 29-point wins over Georgia Tech in the 2016-17 season.
It was the second-biggest home loss in ACC play ever for Georgia Tech. A Ralph Sampson-led Virginia team beat Georgia Tech, 85-48 on Jan. 17, 1981.
The win allowed Syracuse to snap a three-game losing streak and improve its record to 5-4 on the season. Syracuse had been 0-4 against major-conference competition this season. The Orange is now 1-1 in the ACC.
Syracuse will have a week off before traveling to Washington D.C. to take on the Georgetown Hoyas next Saturday.
Georgia Tech fell to 4-3 on the season and 1-1 in the ACC.
Syracuse, or more precisely, Hughes, dominated the first half.
Hughes scored 26 first-half points to lift the Orange to a 48-28 halftime lead. Hughes opened the game on fire, making his first four attempts from 3-point range. He had 12 points in the game’s first three minutes.
Hughes’ new career high came just a week after he scored 28 points in SU’s loss to Oklahoma State. His career best entering this season with a 25-point outing in the NCAA tournament loss to Baylor last year.
Syracuse held Georgia Tech guard Michael Devoe, who came into the game with an ACC-leading 23.6 scoring average, to just three points. The sophomore was 1-for-9 from the floor. He missed all three of his 3-point attempts.
The Orange offense was clicking all afternoon. Syracuse made 51 percent (29 of 57) of its field goal attempts, including 14-for-33 shooting from the 3-point range.
Georgia Tech had held five of its first six opponents to less than 40 percent shooting this season. The Yellow Jackets had been ranked fifth nationally in field goal percentage defense at 34.6 percent.
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