Men's Basketball

For 2nd straight year, Syracuse to host Eastern Michigan in December

Jacob Greenfeld | Staff Photographer

Last December against EMU, freshman Taurean Thompson tied his then-career-high with seven boards and shot 5-for-6 from the field en route to 11 points.

For the second consecutive season, Syracuse will host Eastern Michigan, Dec. 27, SU Athletics announced Thursday afternoon.

The Orange owns a 4-1 record against EMU, which lost in the Carrier Dome, 105-57, on Dec. 19 of last year. Eight Syracuse players scored in double digits, led by then-freshman guard Tyus Battle, who tallied 18 points off the bench.

Two days later, SU suffered its worst loss in Dome history, a 93-60 embarrassment to St. John’s that, many experts said, may have contributed to SU missing the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

EMU last beat SU, 68-65, on Dec. 14, 1996, and its head coach Rob Murphy, a former assistant at SU, enters his seventh season at the helm of a team that finished 16-17 last season. Syracuse finished last year 19-15 and lost in the second round of the NIT.

On Wednesday, SU announced the Orange will play St. Bonaventure five days earlier, Dec. 22.

Here’s the Orange’s nonconference schedule:

Friday, Nov. 10: Cornell

Friday/Saturday, Nov. 17/18: Texas Southern

Monday, Nov. 20: Oakland

Wednesday, Nov. 22: Toledo

Saturday, Dec. 2: Kansas (at American Airlines Arena, in Miami)

Tuesday, Dec. 5: Connecticut (at Madison Square Garden)

Tuesday, Dec. 19: Buffalo

Friday, Dec. 22: St. Bonaventure

TBD: Big Ten/ACC Challenge vs. Maryland

Wednesday, Dec. 27: Eastern Michigan

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