0 Comments Published on 3.04.2010 by Brian Harrison
I have to say, if this was just some random game between these two teams this season and not Senior Day or when they are #1 I would have rather stayed home and watched this game. This was a boring, typical top of the league versus bottom of the league match. But it wasn't all bad because this game clinched the Big East Regular Season Championship and Arinze Onuaku, Andy Rautins, and probably Wes Johnson got a proper send off. Syracuse dismantled St. John's in the last game of the season in the Carrier Dome 85 to 66.
The game was tied 11-11 with 13:43 left in the first half, and then Syracuse poured it on to finish the half up 42 to 28. Syracuse had their transition game working well, and the shooters were shooting well. Really the only frustrating part of this game was Syracuse failing to pull down some rebounds because they were not strong enough on the rock. Syracuse further rolled in the second half, where Arinze Onuaku and Andy Rautins were the show. Besides walk on Brandon Reese nailing a banking three to finish the game. Syracuse pulled away to win by 19.
The leading scorer was Onuaku, who had a season and game high 21 points on 10-13 shooting. He also had eight rebounds and two blocks. He played some of his best ball of the season and is coming on at just the right time. In front of him Mom and the home team he played exceptionally.
Andy Rautins had the hot shooting hand of the team, making 4-9 from long range and earning 14 points. He also had seven assists in his Carrier Dome farewell. He also earned the biggest applause from the Carrier Dome crowd. And with good reason. Most of Onuaku's points in the second half came directly off big passes from Rautins.
Finally, the other person we probably will not see in Orange next season had a pretty good day as well. Wes Johnson finished with 13 points on 5-10 shooting. He also had five rebounds, four assists, and four blocks. His shooting was on the money inside the arc, but was 0-3 from long distance.
Syracuse shot around their season average, shooting 30-58 (51.7%), while St. John's shot 25-61 (41%). St. John's outrebounded SU in this game barely 31 to 30. Syracuse did limit their turnovers to 11, and only had 14 fouls again, which were key to getting up big and staying up big as well. All in all, not a stellar statistic day, but the offense was there to make all other statistics irrelevant.
This game was a nice game to have at home and alright to watch because of the stories behind it. Otherwise this was a blah game that we can be happy in winning so the team can focus on Louisville in Freedom Hall. Much more on this later, but for now we are the champions and we can all take a breather enjoying that.