Making their first visit to the Carrier Dome in eight years, the Princeton men's basketball team fell to No. 6 Syracuse 73-53 Wednesday night.
Syracuse (3-0) scored the first six points as the Tigers struggled to get going on offense, and turnovers plagued Princeton as the Orange inched their lead forward. Princeton had 14 giveaways in the first half, leading to 15 Syracuse points off turnovers. Syracuse only outrebounded Princeton by one in the opening 20 minutes, 15-14, but eight of those were offensive boards that led to 14 second-chance points.
In the second half, Princeton cut the turnovers to 10 in the half for 24 overall but saw the rebounding deficit grow to 31-23 on the night. Sixteen of Syracuse's total rebounds were on the offensive end, leading to 20 second-chance points. The 24 turnovers led to 25 points for the Orange.
The Orange's largest lead was 20 points, coming in the game's final minute.
Princeton cut the Syracuse lead to six points on a Clay Wilson 3-pointer with less than 14 minutes to go, but the Orange scored the next eight points and let Princeton no closer.
James Southerland led the Orange with a career-high 22 points as one of five Orange in double figures. Clay Wilson had a career-high 15 points to lead Princeton, as Brendan Connolly had a season-high 11 points and Ian Hummer added 10.
Princeton fell to 1-3 on the season after facing its second straight Big East opponent. Rutgers defeated the Tigers 58-52 last Friday night.
After the Thanksgiving holiday, the Tigers will make the short trip to Lafayette (1-4) to renew their annual series with the Leopards Sunday at 2 p.m.
• Syracuse now leads the series against the Tigers 25-9, though only five of those meetings have occurred since Princeton's last win in the series in 1965. All five of the games since have been played at the Carrier Dome, where Syracuse is now 6-0 against Princeton.
• Princeton fell to 9-59 all-time against AP top-10 ranked teams since the poll began for the 1949-50 season. The top-10 ranked foes have won 26 straight against Princeton since the Tigers knocked off No. 2 Notre Dame in 1977 in Jadwin Gym.
• Syracuse was the highest ranked team Princeton had faced since opening the 2010-11 season at No. 1 Duke.
• T.J. Bray had a career-high seven assists.
• Ian Hummer moved past Bob Scrabis '89 into eighth place on the program list for field goals made, now with 486 in his career. Brian Taylor '84 next at 507.
• Hummer moved 10 points closer to Brian Taylor '84 (1,239), who is in 11th place on Princeton's all-time career scoring list. Hummer now has 1,227 points.
• Syracuse improved to 31-0 against Ivy League teams in the Carrier Dome during the building's 33 seasons, with 20 of those wins coming against nearby Cornell.
• Syracuse was also No. 6 in the nation the last time the teams played, on Nov. 12, 2004 in the Carrier Dome.
• Sophomore Denton Koon hit his second career 3-pointer. He made one last year at Harvard. Koon also tied a season high with nine points, which he also had last time out against Rutgers.
• Princeton has been outrebounded in three of its four games this season.
• Clay Wilson set a career high with five 3-pointers. Wilson has scored in double figures for the third time in four games this season after scoring five points in his freshman season.
• The attendance of 17,881 represented the largest crowd to see a Princeton men's basketball game since the last time Princeton came to Syracuse in 2004, when the attendance was 20,176.