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Syracuse had just one more game before the Christmas break and the start of the Big East Conference. The Green Wave (wearing light blue) looked fairly sharp, but they were eventually overpowered. Syracuse cruised to a perfect non-conference record for the third year in a row.
Syracuse started this game going back and forth with Tulane for the lead for the first ten minutes. Then after gaining a slight lead, at about the same time they took the lead against NC State, Syracuse's offense exploded with just over six minutes to play in the first half. Then went on to keep the pressure and the walk ons were in before the final two minutes. Syracuse was your winner 80 to 61.
  • Dion Waiters led Syracuse in scoring with 15 points off the bench in 24 minutes of work. He was 6-12, 2-4 from the floor.
  • James Southerland, Rakeem Christmas, and Fab Melo each had five rebounds. The team had a total of 28, one shy of Tulane's total.
  • Kris Joseph, Scoop Jardine, Brandon Triche, and Michael Carter-Williams each had three assists. Syracuse had 16 total. That is double what Tulane had.
  • Waiters led the team with two steals. Syracuse finished with seven, keeping up with their average.
  • Syracuse impressively had 11 blocks in the game. Four came from Southerland.
  • Syracuse kept the turnover limit low, only having seven in the game. Melo had the most with three. Syracuse caused 11 for Tulane.
  • Syracuse shot the ball well, hitting 26-51 (51%) from the floor overall. The Syracuse defense held Tulane to just 34% (17-50).
  • The Orange hit 10-21(47.6%) from behind the arc. Tulane also did well hitting 7-16 (43.8%).
  • SU also did well at the free throw line in this game, hitting 18-22 (81.8%).
  • That Matt Tomaszewski, a walk on, can shoot that three ball huh? He is a perfect 7-7 on the year.
The Orange now are home to enjoy Christmas with their families and will be back in Syracuse next week to get ready for their first conference game. Seton Hall will be coming into the Dome to take on the Orange and you know they will want to really beat them after last season's game. Luckily Jeremy Hazell is no longer on the team. Sadly they are not coached by Bobby Gonzalez has been gone for too long.
On another note, we here at Orange::44 wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. We'll be back next week with the usual previews and coverage as Syracuse moves on to conference play.

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