Basketball: Gaiters squeezed by Orange
The Bishop’s University men’s basketball team fell 77-35 at the hands of the Syracuse Orange on Thursday night. The games marked the second of four Canadian exhibition games for Syracuse, this one hosted by Champlain-St. Lambert.
Syracuse, one of the premiere college programs in the United States dominated from the start. Their athletic ability proved too much for the Gaiters who played for the first time since a heartbreaking loss in the RSEQ championship in March. The Orange got off to a 20-0 start and led 22-5 after the first frame.
Syracuse continued to stay aggressive and their trademark 2-3 zone stymied the Gaiters. The Orange extended their lead to 48-8 at halftime. The Gaiters managed just 3-23 shooting in the opening half and only converted 1-8 free throws. The Orange on the other had shot 58 percent from the floor including 5-9 from behind the arc.
Bishop’s came out strong in the second half beginning the frame on a 7-0 run and forcing Syracuse to call an early timeout. The Gaiters battled in the second half as they were only outscored 29-27. Syracuse cooled down and finished the game shooting 44 percent from the floor while Bishop’s ended up at 25 percent. The Orange managed 11 more field goal attempts and out rebound the Gaiters 49-41. The final score was 77-35 in favour of Syracuse.
“We were rusty and tentative in the first half,” said Gaiters head coach Rod Gilpin. “When you couple that with a superior opponent it can look pretty ugly. I was happier in the second half with how we played. We did some good things and had some good moments. We started the third quarter on a 7-0 run and were only outscored by two in the second half. Our guys played hard to the final whistle.”
The Gaiters will now regroup and get ready for school to start. Their next action will be at the Queen’s Big Four Tournament in Kingston, Ontario set to take place on October 4. Follow the Gaiters anytime at the new-look www.gaiters.ca.