Sunday, November 14, 2010

Syracuse Steps Up In Second Half to Knock Off Northern Iowa

After a lackluster first half inside the Carrier Dome, the Syracuse Orangemen entered the locker room up 23-20. The Northern Iowa Panthers played tremendous defense and took very good care of the basketball for 20 minutes to hold Syracuse to just 23 points. Thankfully, after a half time pep-talk from Jim Boeheim, the Orangemen burst out of the locker room and outscored Northern Iowa 45-26 in the second half en route to a 68-46 Syracuse victory in front of 22,198 fans in the Dome.

Fab Melo converted the first field goal of the season to give the Orangemen a 2-0 lead, a surprising 3 scoreless minutes into the game. Fab Melo would foul out of the game in just 18 minutes of playing time in his college debut. He finished with 4 points on 2-3 shooting from the floor with 3 rebounds and 1 steal.

Speaking of freshman debuts, Dion Waiters was extremely impressive in his first regular season game. Chipping in 18 minutes, Waiters scored 10 points on 3-6 shooting from the floor (2-4 from 3), with 1 steal 1 rebound and zero turnovers. Apparently he saves his "A" game for when the games count.

The most impressive Orangemen on this night were Rick Jackson and Kris Joseph. Each scored 14 points to lead the Orangemen and Jackson added 7 rebounds 4 assists 2 blocks and 2 steals (along with 3 turnovers), to help Syracuse earn the win. Joseph also grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 2 assists in 29 minutes of action.

C.J. Fair got 8 minutes of game time, and was 3-3 from the floor for six points in limited action. He also picked up 1 block and 1 steal in the game and had the lone monster jam of the night. Scoop Jardine played just 19 minutes and was held scoreless shooting 0-7 from the floor with 4 assists and two turnovers.

After the game Boeheim said that Brandon Triche needs to be more aggressive and stated that he has "not found his way." Coach Boeheim added that Triche is playing very conservatively, and needs to be more aggressive on the offensive end. In 32 minutes Brandon Triche had 5 points on 2 of 5 shooting (1 of 3 from three).

The win was Jim Boeheim's 830th All-Time and ties him for 5th on the All-Time coaching wins list with Mount Saint Mary's coach Jim Phelan. Syracuse's next game is today (Sunday) at 3PM on ESPNU when Syracuse takes on Canisius.

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