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While he may not have scored much, he stole the show.
Syracuse has had a pretty lack luster season so far. Having close game after close game against teams Syracuse would have blown out by 25 last season, it was nice to have a 20 point win. But Cornell sucks. We honestly should have won by more. However, there were some great individual performances and there was good and bad.

Rick Jackson was your leading scorer and rebounder. He had another double double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. He played really well going 7-9. He doesn’t quite have the same finesse as Arinze Onuaku had near the basket, but to be fair Jackson is usually starting farther away from the hoop than he did. He was clearly the best player by far on the floor.

Kris Joseph also had an excellent game with 16 points and shot 2-4 from beyond the arc. However, he only shot 7-12 overall. He had absolute flashes of brilliance in this game though. About time we saw that.

Fab Melo was far better in this game, but still not a dominant force that we need him to be. But he’s improving. He finished with eight points, seven rebounds, and four blocks.

Brandon Triche and Scoop Jardine combined for nine points. By combined I mean Brandon Triche had nine points. They did combine for ten of the 20 turnovers Syracuse had though. Triche made some dumb mistakes by dribbling into traffic and making dumb passes, but Jardine was absolutely dreadful in this game, both in attempting to score, and in the passing and driving aspects of his game. Hopefully he will bounce back as this was his worst game of the year thus far.

Dion Waiters continues his good shooting performance as he is probably the best freshman on the team right now. However, CJ Fair stole the show with a simply ridiculous dunk in the second half that let the crowd to erupt. That kid has got some talent. In This week’s Mookie Jones’ watch he scored 7 points. One on a long ball, and the other four on free throws. He played really good defense actually, and when he drove to the hoop was fouled. He needs to drive more instead of just blindly chucking threes up, as he was 1-5.

Syracuse shot the ball well overall, shooting 50% from the floor. However, they were only 27.3% from behind the arc. They were also only 66.7% from the charity stripe as well. The good news is that Syracuse held a massive rebounding edge, pulling down 41 to Cornell’s 26. But 20 turnovers is too much, and Syracuse was outscored 41 to 40 in the second half. Jim Boeheim was justifiably pissed at the second half effort. It was lackluster and they looked to be on autopilot.

All in all this was a good game, but Syracuse still lacks that killer instinct. Syracuse had too many mistakes in the second half, and while Cornell sucks now, again Syracuse really should be playing better. But after winning against two pretty good teams last week, and beating Cornell by 20, hopefully a week of practice will have them ready for NC State this Saturday.

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