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Without a doubt, this was the best Syracuse shooting performance I have seen in a while. Andy Rautins simply lit up the Carrier Dome in a career performance that lifted a clearly tired Syracuse squad over Coppin State, 82 to 71.

I can’t say enough about Andy Rautins in this game. Coppin State played a really soft defense and that left Rautins open to shoot the hell out of the ball. Somehow he decided to have a hell of a day and make more than two baskets. He finishes with 29 points on none three point baskets and two free throws. He shot nine for 16, with five rebounds and six assists.

Paul Harris had a nice game with 15 points and nine rebounds. He had some good looks off the base line and made some tough mid-range jumpers. He looked good in this game and continues to just grind out productive outings for the Orange.

Arinze Onuaku had a nice game as well, with 12 point and ten rebounds. He, much like Rick Jackson, missed a couple easy buckets around the basket though. They should never miss those easy ones. However, they both padded their statistics by getting offensive boards and put backs. Jackson finished with ten points and six rebounds. Similarly, Jonny Flynn finished with ten points and ten assists in a game that he allowed Rautins and others to shine over himself. He played another 40 minutes however, so it begs the question as to whether playing so much will eventually take its toll in the Big East slate again.

This team had a huge problem with turnovers in this game. Syracuse had 22 to Coppin State’s nine. This was the sloppiest game from the Orange in a while, which is disheartening because they have taken much better care of the ball as of late. Syracuse also was stinko on free throws again, making only 12 of 18 (66.7%)

Syracuse did shoot the ball well however, making 30 of 55 field goal attempts (54.5%), as well as ten of 25 three point attempts (40%). Nine of the ten were Rautins, while Flynn made the one other. Overall the team shot well, but Rautins was the one trick poney of shooting in this game, and it will most likely be necessary to have someone else providing support, especially in those tough Big East road games. It is also necessary that the team makes those chip shots the first time.

This team looked tired out there today. It seemed I was correct in my preview that they would be flat from playing Saturday night in another state, getting a plane ride back, and then turning around and playing again Monday night. While this will be the case in the Big East, they will not play so many games in a short period like they have been.

It was a cold and snowy night in Syracuse and I am glad that the team managed to pull out another win. If I am braving the cold, I deserve it like the other fans. Syracuse delivered on a shooting clinic via Andy Rautins. The interesting thing about this team is you never know who will have an amazing night on the floor. Syracuse is back in action next week for the start of the Big East Conference slate. Until then, the team can rest, enjoy Christmas, and Andy is probably getting lucky.


2 Responses to “Coppin State - Syracuse Postgame Reactions OR Andy, You're A Fine Guy. What A Good Baller You Would Be.”

  1. # Anonymous McLeavey

    Nice adjustment of "Brandy, you're a fine girl, what a good wife you would be".

    But how would you change the next line? Would it be "but my life, my love and my man is Devo"?  

  2. # Blogger Brian Harrison

    Hmmm... I might have to somehow work in a joke about him being Canadian or his terrible haircut. I'll get back to you.  

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