0 Comments Published on 12.13.2010 by Brian Harrison
You know SU was up big with Mooke Jones in so early.
Syracuse played its yearly game with Colgate, a mere 30 miles away down I-90. The last time Colgate actually beat Syracuse Jim Boeheim was in high school. Colgate was not going to win this game, especially this season as they were 0-7 entering this contest. But I don't think anyone saw the beatdown coming that actually occurred.
Syracuse started pouring on the scoring early and often. But not just that, Colgate was epically bad at shooting the ball and the Syracuse defense was working well. Syracuse held Colgate to eight first half points, a Carrier Dome record low. Colgate managed to score some more points in the second half, but not many compared to the Orange. Syracuse then went on to win the game 100 to 43.
Rick Jackson was again the leading scorer for the Orange, who slammed the ball many times, occasionally over the members of the Colgate basketball team. He also had ten rebounds for yet another double-double. He continues to be the most consistent player on the team and the leader of this squad right now.
Dion Waiters had the next highest point total with 17 and that effort came off the bench in 22 minutes of work. He was 5-7 from the floor and a perfect 6-6 from the free throw line. The only one on the team to be perfect on the line. He also led the team with five assists. A great day for the freshman.
Brandon Triche finally had a good game offensively. he finished with 14 points and shot 5-7 including 3-5 from long range. He even managed a block in this game, along with a pretty wicked slam dunk, making up for the clanked one he had in the Michigan State game.
Syracuse shot 56.1% from the floor, obviously one of their best efforts of the season. Conversely Colgate was held to 17.9%. That makes sense when seeing the final scores. Additionally Syracuse finally found their stroke from long range. The Orange hit 44% from behind the arc (11-25), while Colgate had an abysmal shooting day hitting 7.7% from three (1-13). Syracuse also had huge advantages in every statistic: rebounding 45 to 28, assists 20 to five, steals 15 to seven, blocks 14 to four, and turnovers nine to 19. This was a dream game for Syracuse in terms of playing. As for a fan, it was pretty boring to watch save for the passing and the shooting and the dunking.
Syracuse is off until Saturday so they can be even more rested for the next contest. Clearly Syracuse came focused. The fact that Colgate is pretty terrible compared to Syracuse, or even a moderately decent team, means you cannot really draw any big conclusions about Syracuse from this game. But it was nice to see Syracuse go nuts on the offensive end. Something we have missed this season compared to last year.
Also, congratulations to the SU Orangewomen basketball team who are now 8-0 after beating #6 Ohio State this past Saturday in the Carrier Dome 75 to 66. This is one of the biggest wins in Syracuse program history and they deserve many congratulations for their effort.