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Some hairy moments but the results were all good.
Syracuse's last two games were a bit uncertain. While Virginia Tech and Stanford were decent tests, none would be as tough as #9 Florida and CUSA contender Marshall. Syracuse was your winner in both however.
Against #9 Florida, Syracuse would face a talented shooting team. The zone begs for teams to take a lot of three point shots and Florida took 26. They made nine, which kept the game closer than it otherwise would have been. Syracuse had only a four point lead at the half, but Syracuse strong defense helped propel Syracuse to the lead, along with Scoop Jardine hitting some key shots down the stretch. Syracuse held on to win 72 to 68.
  • Brandon Triche was the leading scorer in this game, hitting 5-13 and 1-4 respectively from the floor. His big strength in the game was getting to the free throw line, hitting 9-9.
  • At this point it's unsurprising that CJ Fair is a great rebounder. He was the leading rebounder for Syracuse, pulling down 11.
  • Scoop Jardine led the team with four turnovers, but he did have seven assists. He also shot 6-10 from the floor, and again provided the keys to the win in the final minutes.
  • Rakeem Christmas only spent two minutes in the game and finished with 0 points. This is something to keep an eye on when the competition rises even more.
  • Syracuse caused 20 turnovers for Florida. That obviously helped Syracuse earn transition points and help either get or keep Syracuse ahead of Florida.
  • Syracuse shot 40.6% from the floor, 17.6% from three, and 81% from the free throw line. Florida led in the first two categories, something that typically doesn't happen in a win.
  • Syracuse had 10 steals and four blocks. They also had 14 turnovers. That is still double digits, but it was 6 less than Florida.
Syracuse next took on Marshall in a game that Syracuse never trailed. While the score ended up closer than it probably should have been, Syracuse was never really in danger of losing the game as Marshall couldn't hit the ocean from a boat for the majority of the game. They were 0-16 on three point attempts until they made their first. Syracuse's offense did stall at the end of the game as well, which didn't help. At times it seemed there was a cap on the basket. Either way, Syracuse was your winner 62 to 56.
  • Dion Waiters was your leading scorer off the bench with 15 points, hitting 4-7 from the floor and 7-8 from the free throw line.
  • Kris Joseph was the leading scorer for the starters, earning 11 points. He was 2-3 from behind the arc. Joeseph was also the leading rebounder for Syracuse with eight.
  • Scoop Jardine against led Syracuse with four assists. He also had three steals, also leading the team.
  • Fab Melo had four blocks in this game, further proving his better defensive prowess.
  • Syracuse again caused a lot of turnovers with 19. Syracuse's defense was active and stout and everyone on Syracuse does in fact work hard at their defense, which is refreshing to see.
  • Syracuse shot only 41.5% from the floor. They looked dreadful at times towards the end of the game on offense. Syracuse shot 27.3% from behind the arc. Syracuse also was only 65.2% from behind the arc. Syracuse amazingly led in the first two categories over Marshall however, limiting them to 33.8% and 20.8% respectively.
Syracuse next takes on George Washington from the Atlantic 10 on Saturday at noon. Despite being #3 and 9-0 Syracuse can always improve. They have few valuable tune ups left before the Big East slate, so hopefully Syracuse will continue to improve. The last five minutes of this game were not too pleasant. Neither are losses.


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