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Saturday marked the continuation of an annual tradition of the Red Storm and the Orange playing each other, previously in the Big East, and now extended by contract in Syracuse's new era in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Last December, the Orange traveled down to Madison Square Garden to play the Johnnies, and walked away with a win. But as we know now, this year's Orange is not quite last year's version; likewise, St. John's is different this year, except better, more experienced. The problems that plagued Syracuse in its first two losses this year were on display against St. John's, and ultimately resulted in a 69-57 Johnnies win.

  • I guess player of the game props for Syracuse would go to Rakeem Christmas, who with his 15 points and 15 rebounds earned a double-double while playing all 40 minutes of the game.
  • Other double-digit scorers for the Orange were Michael Gbinije (who earned his first career start) and Chris McCullough, who each bucketed thirteen points.
  • On the flip side, Trevor Cooney scored two points, with a measly field goal on 1-6 shooting and 0-4 from three. I guess one could argue his lack of production is a result of his lack of shot attempts, and there's certainly truth to that. But let's be honest, he contributed essentially nothing in his 40 minutes of play.
  • Syracuse turned the ball over twelve times, which I guess is an improvement? They only led to nine St. John's points.
  • The Orange shot 39.3% for the game, 13.6% from three, and 50% from the line. That foul shooting number was 10-20, so if you make those and cut back on the turnovers, Syracuse probably stays in this game.
  • Kaleb Joseph was benched for a large portion of the game while Gbinije took over point guard duties. Coach Boeheim said he needs to play better and not shoot so many threes.
  • I just don't even have the desire to dwell on this game anymore.
I guess now is a good time for the finals week break, because the team doesn't play again until Sunday. They could use the time off to focus on their studies, hone their skills, and come back to play better. Let's hope so.

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