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This game turned out exactly like I thought it would. Providence would keep it close at the half, but then Syracuse would go on a tear. Sure enough that is exactly what happened. Syracuse had a big scare in Wes Johnson toppling pretty hard to the ground, but luckily he seemed alright and should be good to go on Sunday. But Syracuse ended up on top as Syracuse rolled to their best start in program history. Syracuse handles Providence 85 to 68.
Syracuse jumped out to a small lead and maintained a good margin only to let Providence keep it close and only be down three points at the half. Then Syracuse opened the second half with a 22-7 run to blow the Friars out of contention for any sort of magical comeback. This game was never in doubt in the second half for Syracuse. They continued to keep adding points while the Friars floundered to consistently hit long range shots. Syracuse then finally allowed Providence to end the game only down by 17.
Kris Joseph let the scoring for the Orange with 23 bench points on 9-11 shooting and 5-5 from the free throw line. He also added seven rebounds and four steals. This was Joseph's best game, not just because of the scoring, but the basketball IQ he showed in navigating the lane, executing timely passes, or even just pulling of a classic give-and-go. He was brilliant in this game and will be a certified star next season, if not before. However he did lead the team with five turnovers, so he will have to be more careful when passing directly over a defender, as that is when they mostly occurred.
I guess I need to bash Arinze Onuaku more often because immediately after I criticise him he came out and immediately started scoring. He finished 10-12 from the floor for a total of 20 points, with seven rebounds, two steals, and four blocks in 28 minutes of play. He played the game he should have had every Big East game so far, and for that matter every game this season. Hopefully this will continue as the season progresses.
Brandon Triche rebounded from a terrible day with a 15 point effort on 5-11 shooting. He was also 4-4 from the free throw line. Triche also picked up three rebounds and four assists on a nice shooting day. Andy Rautins still did not shoot the ball well, only going 3-9 from the floor for eight points. However he did add five rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Eight points is better than the six he had last game however.
Syracuse shot the ball extremely well from the floor. They managed to hit 34-59 (57.6%) and a reasonable 5-16 (31.3%) from the floor. The defense obviously was working well in the game also. They managed to hold Providence, a team averaging above 80 points to 68. Syracuse also led in every statistical category except offensive rebounds. SU was much better in the second half a rebounding and outrebounded Providence 33-29. Additionally Syracuse won the turnover battle, however they had 16, which is four more than the last game.
Syracuse now has some days of rest before they travel to Cincinnati on Super Bowl Sunday to take on a middle of the pack Bearcats. However they have a solid big man and decent guards, making them a threat against any team at home in the league. However Providence was a good win for Syracuse against a good offensive team. They team continues to roll and achieves their best record in history. Not too shabby.

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