Things got heated quickly on Saturday afternoon in Syracuse.
There were a slew of ejections in the first half of the Orange’s 73-72 loss to Bryant on Saturday after a pair of slaps led to a bench-clearing altercation on the floor of the JMA Wireless Dome.
Just after the midway point of the first half, Syracuse guard Judah Mintz drew a foul in the lane. As he started walking up toward the free throw line, he slapped Bryant guard Doug Edert on the face.
Edert quickly retaliated, and came from behind to slap Mintz back on his face before running off. That sparked a larger altercation that led to both teams running out onto the floor.
Both Mintz and Edert were ejected, as were Bryant players Kvonn Cramer and Tyler Brelsford. Syracuse assistant coaches Adrian Autry, Allen Griffin and director of operations Pete Corasaniti were ejected too.
Bryant held a 40-29 lead at halftime. Mintz had seven points and one assist when he was ejected, and Edert finished his night with three points and one assist.
Though the Orange climbed right back into the game in the second half, and even finally took the lead again after a pair of free throws from Joseph Girard in the final seconds, it was Bryant guard Sherif Gross-Bullock who locked down the one-point win for the Bulldogs with a layup right before the final buzzer.
Justin Taylor led the Orange with 25 points off the bench while shooting 6-of-9 from the field. Chris Bell added 14 points, and center Jesse Edwards finished with 12 points and 21 rebounds. Syracuse has now lost two straight, following its 76-69 loss to St. John's on Tuesday.
Antwan Walker led Bryant with 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Gross-Bullock finished with 15 points of his own. The Bulldogs, who opened the year with a massive 147-39 win over Thomas College, are now 5-1 on the season.