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There was another drubbing of a Big East school by Syracuse yesterday. And this time it was not a one win team. It was a pretty good Cincinnati team, who has a bone fide great player. But this game was not close except at the very start. Syracuse demolished a surging Cincinnati team 87 to 63.

The leading scorer for Syracuse was Jonny Flynn who put on another show and broke some more ankles. He finished with 17 points and seven assists. He again sliced through the lane, dished the ball superbly, and was generally a part of every play that was dazzling. That is until he was taken out of the game and proceeded to lie in front of the team bench mugging for the video board camera, which was pretty funny to see. Great game Jonny.

Paul Harris had 16 points, and clearly had his baseline game working. He also made several mid range jumpers and played one of his best games of the year. He also did not make any horrific, horrific decisions in this game and managed one huge block early on in the game.

Eric Devendorf finished with 13 points, five assists, and three steals. Sadly he only managed 4-12 from the floor and 1-4 from long distance. He did make 4-4 from the free throw line which is always good for this team however. Either way, not Eric’s best game, but in a game like this, much like the St. John’s game, how can you really complain too much.

Also with 13 points was Rick Jackson, who had a much more successful day, going 6-6 from the floor. He also had three blocks and three rebounds. Jackson did well from the floor, but was lazy and clueless on defense at times. But his offensive game was in top form.

Arinze Onuaku had ten points and seven rebounds. He also had a much needed good day on offense, and went 5-7 from the floor, and he bricked his one attempt at the line, despite making six or so in a row during warm ups as he earned hearty applause from the crowd. Now if he could make them actually in the game, I am sure more applause would occur.

Kristof! had an excellent game, and I was so rooting for him to get a double-double. Alas, he only finished with seven points and nine rebounds. He also made 5-5 from the free throw line. He also managed to pull down rebounds that no one else on Syracuse tried for and also managed to pull down rebounds after getting boxed out. He was on today, and there were actually Belgian flags being held up in the student section, so maybe this will come true even more.

Kris Joseph had some solid minutes, earning eight points in nine minutes. Also several walk ons got in the game in the end. How much of a horrific bust has Sean Williams been? I seriously doubt he will ever be good enough to play in the Big East. Ah well, it’s just like $130,000 down the tubes. Andy Rautins was also a pretty big non-factor, but when you have your starters in double figures it is not much of an issue. He did get four rebounds and three spectacular assists.

At the half, Syracuse retired another number (gag!). #17 Billy Gabor’s number was retired. Now I am pretty knowledgeable about Syracuse basketball, but I have never heard of this guy before Sunday. Additionally, Syracuse ruined his ceremony by giving him a microphone that did not really work, and on top of that he was so old that he did not really know how to use it even if it was working properly. I could basically make out his speech though, and it was nice. Congratulations to him, and congratulations to the Athletic Department for ruining another thing.

Syracuse shot 50% (30-60) from the floor overall. Additionally they shot 75% from the free throw line. Sadly they only shot 6-22 (27.3%) from the three point line. But they almost scored at will from inside, so the six from long range is about right. Syracuse also only had a season low six turnovers. A fantastic job of not playing too loose and out of control with a huge lead on their hands.

After a pretty great steal by Paul Harris, he was flagrantly fouled and Alvin Mitchell from Cincinnati was ejected. This was correct in that if Kristof! is going to be tossed for an incidental elbow, this seemed like exactly the right move for this veteran Big East crew. Not that it mattered much. Mitchell was 0-4 from the floor and 0-3 from behind the arc.
Now that's a good looking arse.

Overall, Syracuse earned a big win against a decent Big East team, but this game clearly illustrates the big difference this season between the top eight in the conference and the bottom eight. This win guarantees that Syracuse will have at least a .500 mark in the Big East, and I do not think I am being too forward when I say that Syracuse will have ten Big East wins at the least. Yeah, considering Syracuse is playing Rutgers tomorrow, it is not too much of a mystery. Then, Syracuse will take on Marquette. But first, Kristof!’s last game in the Dome. Hopefully we can send him out on a win. Not even Gerry McNamara earned that. In honor of Kristof!, here is my video of him earning two points after getting fouled in the Dome on Sunday.


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