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Fordham - Syracuse Postgame Reactions OR Defense?

CJ had a decent game

The problem for the Orange in the game against Cornell last week was the slow start. The halftime deficit. So it was no surprise that Syracuse came out hot to start the game against Fordham on Tuesday. Syracuse ran the floor, Syracuse hit its shots, Syracuse played strong defense. Syracuse was playing Syracuse basketball. But in flip-flopping John Kerry would be proud of, Syracuse played the second half against Fordham like it did the first half against Cornell. Thankfully, the Orange halftime lead was still too much for Fordham to overcome, as Syracuse won on Tuesday 89-74 to improve to 2-0 on the season.

  • BOMC is CJ Fair, who led the team in points with 26 on 9-17 shooting, including a studly 7-7 from the foul line. CJ made the most of his 32 minutes, grabbing six rebounds and two steals.
  • Tyler Ennis stepped up offensively in his second regular season game, scoring 16 on 4-8 shooting and hitting 8-10 at the line. With five assists, four rebounds, and four steals, this was easily a career game for Tyler. Production like that, game in and game out, and watch out, America!
  • This game saw the reintroduction of Jerami Grant, after his one-game suspension for playing a game in a summer league. Grant reminded us how important he will be to this team, scoring 16 on 6-12 from the floor, ten rebounds, and three steals. Jerami was one of two Orange men in the double-double.
  • The other was DaJuan Coleman, who had the traditional big guy double double with ten points and ten rebounds.
  • Trevor Cooney left all his threes on the court against Cornell, and didn't leave any for Fordham. He hit one field goal the entire game, and was essentially a non-factor. Remember what I said about consistency?
  • Syracuse won the rebounding battle 48-29.
  • Syracuse won the first half 46-21, but lost the second half 53-43.
  • Syracuse defenders put a lot of focus on Fordham's Jon Severe, who struggled in the first half. But then he blew up in the second and ended up with 19 points on the night.
  • He was bested on his team by Branden Frazier, who dropped 33 on the Orange. I guess when you hit 4-6 from three and 11-13 from the foul line, you'll end up with decent numbers.
  • I'll say it now: I'm not a fan of the ESPN3-only broadcasts. I'm not sure if it's a production issue or what, but my picture quality was horrible during the game -- the commercials were crystal clear, though. Gots to pay the bills, right?
New York's College Team improves to 2-0 on the season, and 2-0 in the Governor's cup. The next NY matchup comes this Saturday as Syracuse takes on longtime rival Colgate at 4:30pm. By then, none of us will want to opt for the 3:30pm football game against Florida State on our main TVs anyway, so switch your big screens from ABC to YES, put ABC on your secondary TV, and sit back and enjoy a couple bloodbaths.

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