North Florida falls short of epic comeback in 77-71 loss to Syracuse

Al Huffman

Dallas Moore on the court. Photo by Lili Weinstein
Dallas Moore on the court. Photo by Lili Weinstein

It seems that every time the North Florida (3-7) face a bad loss, they have a habit of coming back in a big way the next game. For the first half under the lights at Syracuse (5-2), it seemed the Ospreys weren’t going to continue this trend.

The Ospreys struggled in shooting marking for only 27 percent from the field including a dismal 3-of-20 from the three-point line.

Additionally, Syracuse seemed to focus extra hard on the scouting reports after the Florida game and held senior guard Dallas Moore to only eight points in the first half.

North Florida would hang tight against Syracuse going into halftime only down 34-23.

After the break, Syracuse seem to be putting the game away with a 24 point lead and 12 minutes remaining.

However, Moore started to rally and the Ospreys picked up their game quickly in a big way with a run of their own in the second half. North Florida’s shooting improved to 55 percent from the field including 42 percent from the arc.

Moore went on to lead all players on either team in scoring with 30 points after going off for 22 points in the final half of play. Additionally the Ospreys outscored The Orange in the paint 26 to 12 and only allowed one bench point the entire game.

Unfortunately, the comeback would fall six points short from completion and Syracuse held on to win 77-71. North Florida continues their road trip to Arkansas with a bitter taste, but high hopes on Dec. 10.

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