Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Syracuse Holds Off Detroit 66-55

After another extremely frustrating first half for the Orangemen, Syracuse regrouped in the locker room and came storming out of the gates for the second half. Syracuse outscored Detroit 41-27 in the second half and held on for the 66-55 victory in front of 17,379 fans in the Carrier Dome.

The boys from Philadelphia were on fire on this night. Without Scoop Jardine and Rick Jackson there is no way Syracuse could have survived this game. After being down 3 points at half time, Scoop Jardine put the team on his back and scored 12 points in the first 6 minutes of the second half en route to a career high 27 points on the night. Scoop also picked up 8 assists and 5 steals. Rick Jackson scored 10 points and had a career high twenty-two rebounds for the Orangemen.

After the game, Jim Boeheim said "If Scoop didn't pull us on his shoulders and take the game over, we have no chance. He just decided he was going to win this game by himself."

Unfortunately, the accolades end there for the Orangemen. Aside from the "Philadelphia Connection" no other Cuse players scored in double figures. In fact, outside of Rick Jackson and Scoop Jardine, no one else on the team made more than two shots from the floor!

Where do we begin? James Southerland made just 1 shot from the floor in 16 minutes, unfortunately he took 9 of them. He finished 1 of 8 from 3-point range with 3 rebounds and 1 block. He looked a little better defensively than in the Canisius game, however his shooting was abysmal. He averaged 1 3-point attempt per 2 minutes on the floor, and since he was in for 16 minutes and only hit 1 shot, it was very painful watching him play last night. As a team, Syracuse shot 2-17 from 3 in the first half and finished 7-30 (23.3%).

Fab Melo played just 15 minutes attempting 2 shots and hit 1 of them. Melo finished with just 2 points and zero rebounds in 15 minutes, however he did record 2 blocks and didn't foul out of this game. So that's something to build on. Hopefully he gets these "learning experience" games out of his system before the real competition heats up. Again, you can't expect a player with just 1 season of basketball in America to immediately dominate the inside. It takes time to adjust, especially when you are coming from another country and have played just one season of American high school basketball.

Baye Moussa Keita looked solid off the bench. In 22 minutes Keita shot 2 of 3 from the floor and scored 7 points with 4 rebounds with a team high 3 blocks. Expect big minutes from Keita while Fab Melo continues to find his game at the college level. He played terrific defense and his wingspan is very impressive.

If you want to find the SU player that disappointed the most, look no further than Kris Joseph. In 19 minutes Joseph finished 0-5 from the floor, 0-3 from long range, 3-6 from the foul line and fouled out of the game. Every time he tried to put the ball on the floor Detroit collapsed on him and he lost control. When he didn't lose the ball, Detroit was taking the charge on Joseph. And when he put up a long range shot, he missed. The good news for Joseph is that he can't have a worse game than he did last night. Kris Joseph is one of the most important players on this team, and if Syracuse wants to get wins against #2 Michigan State and the rest of the Big East than Kris Joseph is going to have to find his game, and find his jump shot.

For the complete box score, you can click here. Spoiler alert: It doesn't get any prettier for the rest of the team.

The quote of the night came from Jim Boeheim's post game press conference: "I don't mind if a guy takes a shot and tries to make it, but when they start aiming it and can't get to the rim, then you're not a college basketball player. We have some guys who need to figure out whether they are, or aren't really quick because we don't have a lot of time."

The Orangemen will get a chance to atone for their awful, awful shooting and shot selection Sunday against William & Mary at 2PM. This is the 2nd game of the warm up leg of the Legends Classic and the game will be televised on SNY, although right now it looks as if it will be tape delayed. They are scheduled to be on TV at 5PM.

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Zach Menchini said...

This team needs a leader. We know its not Joseph. Could it be Scoop?

Michael Isserlis said...

i think the leader of this squad is rick jackson..