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College sports nicknames are fickle things. Many are named after dogs, cats, bears, birds, or combinations thereof. Some are named after colors. Long Beach State stole its name from the greatest franchise in the National Football League. At any rate, this basketball 49ers didn't bring the kind of skills to the Carrier Dome that such a name would suggest. Syracuse started this game hot, and never really let up from the gas pedal. The 49-29 Syracuse lead at the half expanded to a final score of 84-53.
  • I'm not exactly sure which Syracuse player I want to talk about first, because this was a very balanced attack, with a lot of different contributions from a lot of different Orange players. So, for a writer, this is a good problem to have.
  • CJ Fair I guess will get the nod, since he was the team's high scorer. 16 points on 6-10 shooting, 1-1 from three, 3-4 from the line, and 13 rebounds. Yes, a CJ Fair double-double.
  • Michael Carter-Williams also had a double-double, but hit stats were a bit different. MCW's 15 points coupled with his ten assists to give him the honor. In his team-high 32 minutes, he was as active as you'd want a guard to be. One facet of his game which really seems to be coming along nicely is his outside shooting. In this game he was 3-8. If I had to nit-pick anything, it would be MCW's overall shooting percentage: 5-16 or 31%. You're not always gonna see great shooting days, but his contributions overall were fantastic.
  • Brandon Triche, Rakeem Christmas, and Trevor Cooney each had 11 points. Specifically, Cooney's 3-point shot is really coming along. I'm glad he's gaining that confidence, because obviously he knew from practice he could shoot. It can't be easy to snap your fingers and have that translate into good game shooting, so getting used to the college game, the Carrier Dome, whatever it was, it all seems to be coming together now.
  • This is really important because guard is the position this team not only needs production from, but is the least deep. You can always get that game-long rotation of Triche, MCW, and Cooney, but all three of them have to be able to contribute -- otherwise those Cooney stretches will just be garbage time. So, keep up the good work, Trevor!
  • Though DaJuan Coleman had an 0-for shooting day, I still say he had a good night on the floor. He was active on the defensive end, grabbing eight of his nine rebounds there. He also had three blocks and served as an imposing presence beneath the basket. The more he plays the more he learns the college game, and it's coming along nicely.
  • Jerami Grant with another solid contribution off the bench, with nine points and five rebounds. He probably not going to be a player this team needs to consistently rely upon, but to be comfortable with him being on the court and helping the team where he can, that's a great asset to have.
  • Syracuse led in rebounding 53-39, in assists 21-15, and in shooting 41% to 29%.
Syracuse gets too rest Friday before jumping right back into competition Saturday as Monmouth will visit the Carrier Dome. The Long Beach State victory gets Jim Boeheim to career win 897. The game against Monmouth will be the last one before finals week, so hopefully the players can go out there and get the victory, go get the job done in the classroom so we don't have to deal with any academic suspensions, and be ready to finish out the non-conference portion of the schedule before jumping into our last season in the Big East Conference.

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