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Providence - Syracuse Postgame Reactions OR Friar Fail

Yes Jim, sometimes we look like that when we see dunks too.
19-0. It ties a school record for best start to a season. It came against Providence, who Syracuse beat only a few weeks earlier. Leading scorer Vincent Council was held out of the game due to a coaching decision. While I respect that choice Coach Cooley made to hold him out, following the standards he has set for his program, he assured this game was over before it started.
The game started off slow. The game went back in forth until about 6:30 to go in the first when Syracuse went on one of their big runs that they do often this season. The went into the locker room on a big three at the buzzer from Scoop Jardine for the second game in a row, up 38 to 21. Syracuse continued their dominance. While there were some offensive lulls, the lineups of Syracuse players weren't exactly their top guys in all the time. Syracuse was your winner 78 to 55.
  • Kris Joseph led the Orange with 13 points on 4-10 shooting, hitting 4-4 from the free throw line. Dion waiters added 12 points, Scoop Jardine and Mookie Jones (yes, that Mookie) each added ten.
  • CJ Fair again led the team in rebounding with six. There was a pretty even effort at rebounding in this game.
  • Scoop Jardine almost had a double-double. He finished the game with nine assists.
  • Dion Waiters continued his defensive dominance with four steals.
  • Fab Melo had four blocks to lead the team. There were ten in the game for the Orange.
  • Syracuse only had eight turnovers in the game, with Fab Melo committing the most with three. Providence had 22 in the game.
  • Syracuse finished in the game shooting 43.5% (30-69) from the floor, 5-20 (25%) from three, and 13-18 (72.2%) from the free throw line. SU limited Providence to 35.1%, 21.4% (3-14), and 80% (12-15) respectively.
  • Providence outrebounded Syracuse again. This time only by 1, 38 to 37.
Syracuse takes on Pittsburgh on Monday night for Big Monday next. Pittsburgh is on a six game losing streak, including 0-5 in the Big East. In what can only be described as a garbage fire, Syracuse is facing them in the Carrier Dome at the best time. More on that later. For now, enjoy some football.

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