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DaJuan got to show off some skills, finally!

Coming off a pretty good showing Saturday against Cornell, Syracuse really needed to perform well Tuesday against the Montana State Bobcats, if for no other reason than to really build up some good momentum in the last few non-conference games before ACC play. The Orange did that. This game was never in doubt. A 31-17 halftime lead turned into an offensive explosion (for both teams) in the second half, ending with a Syracuse victory 82-60.

  • His 13 points didn't make him the team's leading scorer (2nd, actually) but DaJuan Coleman did some work out there. From the opening tip, he took over the game. He only played 12 minutes, but was 5-5 from the field, 3-3 from the line, and had four rebounds and a block. Of note, three of the rebounds were offensive, giving Syracuse those second chance opportunities that have been few and far between this season. Thanks, DaJuan!
  • As per usual, the leading Orange scorer was Michael Gbinije, this time with 17 points on 7-17 shooting including 3-8 from three. Five rebounds, five assists, and two steals made him a pretty big presence no matter where he was on the floor.
  • Also in double digit scoring were Trevor Cooney, Tyler Lydon, and... Chino Obokoh! Chino had, as the espn3 crew kept reminding us, a career game with 11 points on 5-7 shooting in his 12 minutes on the floor. He was also active on the boards, pulling down six rebounds. Obviously this was not a tough opponent with hard-nosed players, but it's still nice to see Obokoh play up to the potential we all hoped he had. He's not gonna see a ton of time in ACC play, but he needs to have confidence when he comes off the bench to eat up some minutes and put them to good use, so at the very least, Tuesday's performance was encouraging.
  • Tyler Lydon kept on Tyler Lydoning. We almost don't even have to talk about him in recaps and can just assume he's scoring 10-15 points, getting eight or nine rebounds, and a smattering of blocked shots. I think maybe from now on, we just don't mention him unless he does something bad.
  • Coach Hopkins mentioned after the Cornell game that he wanted something to make sure Tyler Roberson is always plugged in so he's playing at the top of his game. Well, Tuesday the cord must've come out of the wall because Tyler only managed five points (only taking three shots) and eight rebounds. I agree with Hop -- if we can't see consistent production out of Tyler, it's gonna put a bigger burden on the rest of the team, which probably can't handle it.
  • I'm not gonna lie -- this game was hard to watch. I was only half paying attention most of the time, probably because I was seeing what was happening in the game on my twitter timeline, only to see it on espn3 two minutes later.
Syracuse takes a short break for Christmas before closing out the non-conference slate Sunday against Texas Southern. Yes, Texas is southern. Did we need a school to tell us that? Have a very Merry Christmas, y'all!

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