After shooting a combined 4-for-20 in Syracuse’s first three games of the season, there was cause for concern that Syracuse’s sharp-shooting guard, Andy Rautins, had lost his touch.
But Rautins erased all doubt of any kind of slump in Syracuse’s (6-0, 0-0 Big East) 73-70 victory over Virginia (3-2, 0-0 ACC). The redshirt junior led the way with 15 points on 4-for-9 shooting from 3-point land, including two 3-pointers to key a 20-to-6 second-half run, as the Orange overcame an 11-point halftime deficit.
It was the third straight solid outing for Rautins, who since his first three games, has shot a combined 12-for-26 (46 percent) against Florida, Kansas and Virginia.
“Obviously when we have Andy out there in a small lineup, we have a weapon,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. “He’s a hard guard for the other team.”
Syracuse appeared sluggish in the opening half, as Virginia opened with a 10-3 run and built a 13-point lead. The Cavaliers shot 47 percent from the field while limiting Syracuse to just 36 percent.
Virginia also sealed off the interior for Syracuse, as center Arinze Onuaku was held without a first-half field goal.