In a highly anticipated ACC-Big East match-up, Trevor Cooney, Tyler Ennis and C.J. Fair carried the Orange to its biggest victory of the season.
For the first 10 minutes of Saturday's game, No. 2 Syracuse (12-0) did not look like the second-best team in the country. Slow and sloppy, SU was out of sync on both ends of the court and the Orange even managed to accumulate seven team fouls in only seven minutes.
The No. 8 ranked Wildcats (11-1), on the other hand, came out swinging.
Villanova started out strong, playing a quick and clean game. The smaller but more agile Wildcat offense skirted Syracuse’s famously tall, zone defense, and four out of 'Nova's first five baskets were three-pointers.
Tyler Ennis dominated the first half to give the Orange a big lead, but C.J. Fair finished strong to push Syracuse past St. John's.
Playing at Madison Square Garden for the first time since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Orange was able to pull out a 66-61 victory over former Big East foe, St. John’s. SU finished with a 10-3 scoring run to end the game, thanks to the hot hands of senior C.J. Fair and freshman Tyler Ennis.
Despite a slow start to the game, SU cruised to its eight straight win this season, thanks to the performances of C.J. Fair, Trevor Cooney, Jerami Grant and Ron Patterson.
Syracuse defeated Binghamton 93-65 Saturday night in a game that saw production from old and new faces. C.J. Fair paced the No. 4 Orange (9-0) with 19 points, followed by Trevor Cooney, who poured in 17. But freshman Ron Patterson provided an unexpected contribution, scoring a career-high 10 points.
Syracuse used a few big runs to pull away from Indiana in a rematch of last year's Sweet Sixteen game.
If it wasn’t known before it should be made official now: Syracuse-Indiana basketball is a true out-of-conference rivalry. In a rematch of last season’s Sweet Sixteen match-up, the two schools slugged it out in the early going in Tuesday night’s contest, but the Orange was able to pull away in the second half to secure a 69-52 victory.
The Orange won its third Maui Invitational championship after defeating St. Francis Brooklyn, Minnesota, California and finally Baylor.
The last time Syracuse played in the Maui Invitational, the Orange cruised to a 76-63 victory over Indiana in 1998. This time around, the No. 8/7 Orange (6-0) won in a similar fashion, beating the No. 18/17 Baylor Bears (6-1) in a 74-67 game that saw four SU players scoring in double figures.
The Orange went on a 10-0 run in the final few minutes of Monday night's match-up with St. Francis to remained undefeated on the season.
A collective sigh of relief exhaled from the Carrier Dome when C.J. Fair knocked down the second of his two free throws to seal the 56-50 victory for No. 9/7 Syracuse (4-0) over St. Francis Brooklyn (2-2). The Orange offense struggled mightily throughout the game against the physical defense of the Terriers.
“You can still play physical defense and I thought they did a good job of that,” Head Coach Jim Boeheim said.
The Orange shot poorly throughout the contest, but shot enough from the free throw line to keep lead on the Raiders.
The Syracuse Orange used a strong defensive showing to make up for a rough shooting performance in a 69-50 win over Colgate Saturday. The No. 9 Orange (3-0) shot poorly from the field (36.8 percent), from three-point range (29.2 percent) and from the free throw line (42.9 percent).
“We can’t miss the free throws and lay ups that we missed,” Head Coach Jim Boeheim said. “We have to shoot it a little better.”
Cooney made 7-of-8 from behind the arc to help the Orange win its first game of the season.
Syracuse defeated Cornell 82-60 in its season opener tonight behind a stellar shooting performance from Trevor Cooney. The redshirt sophomore led all scorers with a career-high 27 points, shooting 10-for-12 from the field, including 7-for-8 from three-point range.
“We did a good job of finding Trevor and he bailed us out when we really needed him in the first half when we had nothing,” Head Coach Jim Boeheim said.
C.J. Fair will be the go-to guy for the Orange this season, but basketball beat writers Tom Rende, Tyler Greenawalt and Joe Diglio pick who will be the Orange's second option on offense.
C.J. Fair is recieving praise even before the regular season starts. He's already been named the ACC Preseason Player of the Year and looks to build on a stellar junior season where he averaged 14.5 points per game and 7 rebounds per game. Fair will get his stats, but who will become the Orange's number two man in the team's first season in the ACC?