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It happened basically like I said it would. The folks from Hamilton couldn’t hack it with the fine, athletic players of Syracuse. They jumped to an early lead and never looked back. #7/8 rolls big time against Colgate 92 to 58.

Syracuse established good shooting early, jumping off to a 9-3 start. Then Syracuse took it to the inside game, dishing to Rick Jackson and Arinze Onuaku. Finally, the transition game earned some good buckets, including a ridiculous one handed slam alley-oop from Scoop Jardine to Wes Johnson. This team was rolling from the start and did not let off the gas.

Wes Johnson led the team with 19 points and nine rebounds. He was 8-10 from the floor and 3-4 from three in 23 minutes of action. He is simply spectacular, and although we have not seen him in a Big East game yet, it is quite possible that this player is a one and done. I believe this more and more as each game occurs.

Arinze Onuaku was the only other starter to earn double digits in the scoring column. He finished with 12 points on 6-7 shooting. He had some dominating post moves against the smaller and less talented Colgate. Brilliant.

While he did not score too many points, Rick Jackson had some good shots and did a lot in the zone defense. He had six points, but more importantly had eight rebounds and four blocks. Sadly he led the team with four turnovers.

Andy Rautins had a hot start, and finished 3-5 on the day with nine points, but he played very well on the floor. He racked up eight assists and four steals. He continues to be a floor leader and an example for the defense.

Brandon Triche also played pretty well. In 19 minutes of work he had nine points, three rebounds, five assists, and a block. He occasionally makes an errant or bad pass, but otherwise he plays like a veteran.

Scoop Jardine didn’t score much, but he had eight assists in 19 minutes on the floor. Similarly, Mookie Jones didn’t hit most of his shots, only going 4-9 in 17 minutes, but he finished with ten points. Finally, Kris Joseph and James Southerland each had ten points off the bench.

The team took care of the ball well in this game, as compared to other games this season, only amassing ten turnovers total. Colgate had 16. Additionally Syracuse shot the ball really well, making 39-68 from the floor, for 57.4%. They also made 11-27 from behind the arc, making 40.7%. Colgate made 36.4% and 33.3% respectively.

The sad part is this game was painful to watch. Syracuse had this game from the beginning and you just kind of felt sorry for Colgate. They were not even close to the level of Syracuse and it was just a ridiculous beatdown. Thanks for stopping by and letting us kick your ass. Thank goodness a big game versus Florida is coming next week to tide the fan base over until the conference slate starts. Either way, this is a nice win and probably the best we have seen this team play in terms of shooting.

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