Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Syracuse Rolls Morgan State 97-55


Behind 28 strong minutes from Rick Jackson and a tremendous shooting performance off the bench for James Southerland, Syracuse thumped the Morgan State Bears 97-55 in the Carrier Dome Monday night in front of 16,031 fans.

Rick Jackson and James Southerland each scored a game high 18 points to help push the #5 Syracuse Orangemen to a perfect 12-0 record. Jackson was just 1 rebound away from a double-double (9) and dished 4 assists grabbed 1 steal and swatted 2 blocks with zero turnovers on the night.

James Southerland played 21 minutes and scored a career high filling in for injured C.J. Fair, who is out with an ankle sprain. Southerland was 7 of 10 from the field (4 of 6 from 3-point range) and chipped in 5 rebounds along with 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks and zero turnovers.

After playing just 5 minutes against Iona Saturday night, Fab Melo saw 19 minutes of action, the most since November 30th when Melo played 22 minutes against Cornell. Fab scored a career high 9 points on 3 of 4 shooting from the floor. Additionally, Fab Melo made 3 of 4 shots from the charity stripe and picked up 2 rebounds, both on the offensive glass. Melo also gave out 2 assists, had 2 steals, made 4 blocks and turned the ball over twice. It was a step in the right direction for Melo, who has been nursing a calf muscle tear for the past few weeks.

Freshman Baye Moussa Keita played 14 strong minutes off the bench for the Orangemen. He scored a season high 8 points on 3 of 5 shooting, including 2 of 3 from the foul line. Keita grabbed 5 rebounds had 1 assist with 3 steals and 2 blocks on the night. It was a great bounce-back performance for Keita who struggled to make as big an impact the previous two games.

All of Syracuse's walk-on's saw minutes, but no one filled up the stat sheet like Brandon Reese. In 5 minutes on the floor, Reese (out of Davie, Florida) shot 2 of 3 from the field to finish with 4 points, just 1 point less than he scored all of last season. Reese also had 2 rebounds and 1 steal to cap off a good night for the Orangemen.

Syracuse's defense held the Bears to just 37.7% shooting from the field and created 17 turnovers. The Orangemen also had 11 blocks. Freshman Dion Waiters had a season high 8 assists and added 5 points for the Orangemen.

Syracuse's final non-conference game comes tomorrow night, Wednesday, in the Carrier Dome against the Drexel Dragons (8-1) at 7PM. The game will be broadcast on ESPN's flagship station, ESPN3.


photo courtesy of syracuse.com

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