The PC Friars (14-12, 6-8) fell to #8 Syracuse (22-4, 10-3) by a score of 84-59 last night at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. In arguably the most important game of the season, the Friars came out and laid an egg in the first half, getting outscored 43-16. James Southerland provided a huge spark off the bench for the Orange, scoring 20 points on 7-for-8 shooting. C.J Fair (20 points, 10 rebounds) and Michael Carter-Williams (15 points, 12 assists) were huge contributors offensively as well, with each compiling double-doubles. A bright spot for the Friars was Vincent Council passing Sherman Douglas’ Big East assist record of 426 in the first half. Council finished with a team-high 15 points and seven assists. LaDontae Henton also chipped in with 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds for PC’s lone double-double. Other Friars in double-figures were Kadeem Batts (13 points) and Bryce Cotton (10 points). In addition to being outmatched defensively, the Friars struggled to get a balanced scoring attack, with the rest of the Friars lineup only adding a combined six points. The Friars will now look to bounce back on Saturday night, when they travel to Piscataway, New Jersey to take on Rutgers at 9pm on ESPNU. This is an extremely winnable game for the Friars and they’ll need a good effort to heal their wounds from last night’s lopsided loss.