Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Syracuse Handles Kutztown With Ease


In the first exhibition game of the 2010/2011 season the Syracuse Orangemen defeated the Kutztown Golden Bears 96-60 with 7,371 fans at the Carrier Dome. Kris Joseph and C.J. Fair each scored 14 points to lead the Orangemen and James Southerland grabbed a team high 11 rebounds.

Syracuse fans who were able to watch the game caught their first glimpse of the "fab four" freshman and were not disappointed. Fab Melo recorded his first block in the games opening minutes and seconds later stole the ball at the top of the 3 point line and ran it to the house for a break away dunk. Melo looked like the prospect we have been hearing about for nearly a year, running the floor extremely well, making good passes, and finishing around the rim. Fab Melo finished 4-5 from the floor for 9 points. He also contributed 4 blocks, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 4 turnovers in 23 minutes of action.

The freshman who shined the brightest on this night was C.J. Fair. C.J. Fair came in off the bench and his ability to finish and be in the right place at the right time were extremely evident. He lead the team in scoring (along with Kris Joseph) with 14 points on the evening and a few emphatic dunks. He converted a Fab Melo rebound for a big slam in the first half and finished 5-7 from the field along with a perfect 4-4 from the foul line. Fair also grabbed 6 rebounds, 4 of them on the offensive glass in 18 minutes on he floor.

Dion Waiters struggled a little at times during the first exhibition game of his college career. Waiters shot just 3-9 from the floor and finished with 6 points. He was 0-4 from behind the arc and grabbed 3 rebounds in 18 minutes of action. While he didn't look as polished as Fair did during this contest, its just one exhibition game. Jim Boeheim called Waiters one of the best freshman guards he's seen on campus and Boeheim doesn't just hand out comments for no reason. Expect a big bounce back game when Syracuse takes the floor in their final exhibition game against LeMoyne next week.

The final freshman, Baye Moussa Keita, contributed a solid 15 minutes of action in his first college contest. Keita was 3-5 from the floor and 2-2 from the charity stripe to finish with 8 points. He also grabbed 6 rebounds, 5 of them on the offensive glass. Keita was able to get his hands on a lot of loose balls however he did not always come down in possession of the rock. He needs to continue to work on his strength if he wants to win the battles inside once Big East play begins. Keita also had 4 blocks and seemed to be in sync with the rest of his teammates. If he can just hold onto the ball when he goes up for the rebound every time he will be a fine sub off the bench for the Orangemen this season.

Another extremely impressive part of this game was Syracuse's shooting from the free throw line. Syracuse, a historically poor free throw shooting team, managed to be a perfect 13-13 from the foul line. Not sure where that came from but we are all extremely happy to see it! The Orangemen's three point shooting however was not as impressive. Syracuse also forced Kutztown into 24 turnovers and recorded 11 blocks on defense.

The team finished just 5 of 29 from behind the arc and a mere 2 for 18 in the second half. Kris Joseph was 1-4 from 3, Scoop Jardine finished 0-3, Brandon Triche was 2-4, Waiters finished 0-4 from behind the arc, C.J. Fair missed his lone 3-pt attempt and Mookie Jones shot just 2-7 from 3 point land. [Griffin Hoffmann Syracuse bench player was also 0-1 from 3.]

Speaking of Mookie Jones, he was 3-9 from the floor [2-7 from 3] in 17 minutes of action. Jones finished with 10 points grabbed 1 rebound and two steals with just 1 turnover. Unfortunately, he still has an extremely quick trigger when he gets the ball on the perimeter and doesn't look to run the offense enough. He still has to work on his game if he wants to get solid minutes once the regular season begins.

Syracuse's Box Score:

The Orangemen take on the LeMoyne Dolphins in the Carrier Dome Tuesday November 9th in their final exhibition tune-up before they open the season November 12th versus Northern Iowa.

kris joseph photo courtesy of syracuse.com

1 comment:

Philistine said...

C U S E CUSE CUSE CUSE!!!